The NFL preseason just wrapped up the first week and a lot of teams made decisions to rest some of their starters. The Los Angeles Chargers are one of them, deciding to sit Justin Herbert, Austin Ekeler, and Keenan Allen. But, the Kansas City Chiefs have made other decisions, as Andy Reid decided to play superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the preseason opener.
Furthermore, Reid has decided to throw out the Chiefs starter one more time, at least, as he emphasized the importance of Mahomes being healthy after having surgery in the offseason. (h/t Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk)
“Yeah, I think it’s a mix because health is obviously important…But getting used to those new guys that he’s dealing with, I think, is also important. Hearing his voice his important in a game situation with fans and so on.”
Sure, Mahomes played just four snaps in their opener, but Reid stressed that there’s a “pretty good chance” Mahomes plays more than that. The Chiefs’ offensive line has a lot of new faces upfront, so Mahomes building chemistry with them makes a lot of sense.
The Chiefs will play the Arizona Cardinals on Friday in their second game, which could be the last one of the preseason for Mahomes unless Reid has other plans.