VIDEO: Patrick Mahomes’ latest no-look pass at Chiefs’ camp in slo-mo
Patrick Mahomes blew past even optimistic expectations as a first-year starter, using his rocket arm, natural sense of touch, underrated athleticism, and burgeoning ability to go through multiple reads on a given snap to put together the most dominant individual campaign of any quarterback since Peyton Manning in 2013. As the 23-year-old continues to improve, it goes without saying that most of his progress will come via increased understanding of offensive and defensive concepts while learning from coach Andy Reid. Mahomes is the most physically gifted quarterback in football; there’s only so much more room for him to grow in that regard.
But throughout the offseason, the Chiefs’ wunderkind has used his signature no-look pass much more frequently. Might it become a major aspect of his game going forward rather than a two or three-time novelty? If so, the patience Mahomes exhibits on this no-look throw to Chiefs backup tight end Blake Bell will surely come in large supply this season.
Patrick Mahomes no-look passes are a regular occurrence. But, watch Blake Bell get Dan Sorensen out of the way. Mahomes recognizes this, knows where he's going with the ball, so he fools Sorensen into thinking he's throwing to Darwin Thompson. Makes a no look easy. #Chiefs pic.twitter.com/wQMAYI7YGU
— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) August 14, 2019
Mahomes, remember, first busted out a no-look throw in the Chiefs’ heart-stopping victory over the Baltimore Ravens last December, hitting wide receiver Demarcus Robinson in perfect stride streaking toward the left sideline while keeping his eyes focused on the middle of the field. The play was made all the more impressive due to the pocket presence Mahomes used to evade the rush and create a throwing window, one of his most underrated attributes.
It would be remiss to expect Mahomes to crack 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards again in 2019. Every report and video coming from Kansas City’s training camp, though, suggests the reigning MVP is only getting better.