Chiefs fans will get their first look at Patrick Mahomes as head coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday the 2017 first-round pick will get the start against the Broncos Sunday.
Reid confirmed many younger players will get extended action in the finale, meaning Mahomes may not have the benefit of working with Pro Bowlers Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt and one of the league's better offensive lines.
In truth, it's been humming along quite well during a three-game win streak, and there is some risk in losing that momentum.
The team jumped up 17 slots in the first round of this year's draft, trading away their first and third-round picks as well as their first-round choice in 2018 to the Buffalo Bills in order to select Mahomes. The rookie dazzled during the preseason as he showcased his powerful arm while slinging passes downfield.
If Mahomes is starting though, I can assume other starters will be sitting out. Davis Webb was at Texas Tech with Mahomes before transferring to California for his final season. He's not expecting to put up those numbers against a strong Broncos defense on Sunday. But it was a move Reid was willing to make with an eye on the future, when the 33-year-old Smith will either be too expensive - his contract is astronomical next season - or too old to effectively play the position.