KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs hadn’t drafted a quarterback in the first round in 34 years, so naturally there will be a good deal of public attention trained on the new guy, Patrick Mahomes II.
The Chiefs are doing everything they can to put the focus back where they believe it belongs, on starting quarterback Alex Smith. The latest example came after practice Tuesday, when wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was asked whether he watched Mahomes when it was his turn in drills.
"I've got a chance to catch with him a little bit," Maclin said. "Clearly, everybody knows he has a big arm. But also everybody knows this is Alex’s team. I think it’s going to benefit him to learn from Alex and being able to see how Alex approaches things and his mindset with everything. I think it’s a win-win situation.
"I think the kid is definitely going to have a bright future, but right now I know we’re riding with Alex."
There’s no doubt Maclin, his teammates and coaches believe in Smith. Despite drafting Mahomes, a move aimed more toward the future than 2017, the Chiefs, with their actions and their words, appear as committed to Smith for the upcoming season as they've been since trading for him in 2013.
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