On Thursday, January 26th, 2023 the main focus for the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, has been redirected from whether or not he will participate in this Sunday's AFC Championship Game versus the Cincinnati Bengals to how close to 100 % he really will be come game – time this upcoming weekend.
Patrick has previously relayed to the national sports media outlets that his high ankle sprain (that he suffered during last week’s AFC divisional round of the NFL playoffs against the Jacksonville Jaguars has seemed to improve over the course of the week, and that Mahomes managed to get through the Kansas City Chiefs' 1st - practice of this week without very much trouble.
"I thought I had a good day yesterday," the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, explained. "Overall, probably better than I expected being able to go out there and throw the football and get in the work I needed to get in."
Style of Play
Patrick Mahomes' versatility and mobility was weakened and his overall style of play was altered following the injury that he suffered to his right ankle in last Saturday's NFL divisional round playoff victory versus the Jacksonville Jaguars. After Mahomes led the National Football League during the 2022 - 2023 NFL regular - season in passes from outside of the pocket, Patrick made no such miraculous passes vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars following his ankle injury.
Although, Patrick mentioned that he figured that he would be much closer this Sunday to once again regaining the ability to be able to be mobile, quick - on - his - feet, and scramble in order to make at least some of the impromptu or signature plays that he has become well known for.
"I feel like I can still do a lot of things but we'll see as we get closer and closer," Mahomes goes on to say. "We'll see during the game. You can't fully do exactly what it's going to be like in those moments in the game. All I can do is prepare myself the best way possible and then when we get in the game you hope adrenaline takes over and you can make those throws when you need to."
Each and every week, Patrick gets the chance to communicate with the Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Andy Reid, and the other Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coaches about the game - plan as well as the plays for the much - anticipated match up this Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Cincinnati Bengals.
"Obviously this week it's going to be a little bit different," Mahomes proclaimed. "I'll give them a feel for how I feel about each and every play, if it's a play I think we can utilize or if it's a play that might not put me in the best position. I'll let them know that. You do that every week but obviously this week it's a little more important to let them know what I'm comfortable with."
Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- Super Bowl Champion (LIV)
- Super Bowl MVP Award Winner (LIV)
- NFL Most Valuable Player Award Winner (2018)
- NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2018)
- 2 - Time First - Team NFL All - Pro Selection (2018, 2022)
- Second - Team NFL All - Pro Selection (2020)
- 5 - Time NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
- 2 - Time NFL Passing Touchdowns Leader (2018, 2022)
- NFL Passing Yards Leader (2022)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year Award Winner (2020)
- Bert Bell Award Winner (2018)
- Sammy Baugh Trophy Award Winner (2016)
- Second - Team All - Big 12 Selection (2016)
- FBS Passing Yards Leader (2016)
- Career Passer Rating (Minimum 1,500 - Pass Attempts): 105.7
- Career Playoff Passer Rating (Minimum 150 - Pass Attempts): 106.2
- Total Yards by a Quarterback in a Season: 5,608 (2022)
“Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes says first practice went better than expected”, Adam, Teicher, espn.com, January 26, 2023.