Alex Smith is gone and Patrick Mahomes takes over as the quarterback in Kansas City, after one year of Mahomes sitting on the bench. That time waiting, watching, and learning could be very useful to Mahomes.
“Patrick couldn’t have paid Alex Smith enough to have been in that room with him,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid told PFT Live during the league meetings in Orlando. “The amount of knowledge that he absorbed last year, not so much the X’s and O’s, but how you go about your day-to-day business. I think we’ll allow Patrick to take a step forward this year. Greater than what he would’ve coming in just as a rookie and playing. We’re not going to cut back a bunch. That’s not what we’re doing. We’re going to start off where we left off and expect him to jump in and go.”
It was clear last April when the Chiefs moved from No. 27 to No. 10 in order to get Mahomes that the Chiefs view Mahomes as the future. The future is definitely right now for Mahomes, and the Chiefs could end up having an even better offense in 2018 than they had in 2017.
“As an athlete, being competitive, you just have that urge of wanting to get back out on the field and compete,” Doctson said at TCU’s Pro Day on Friday. “I’ve been in the TCU rec playing with some guys. It’s not as competitive as it is on the NFL level, so I’m definitely looking forward to getting back out there.”
Washington coach Jay Gruden said earlier this week he expects Doctson to benefit from Smith’s arrival.
“I think Josh will get more opportunities to make plays on 50-50 type balls, which is Josh’s strength,” Gruden said, via Kimberley Martin of the Washington Post. “He’s not a guy that’s going to get that five or six yards of separation right away. He’s a guy that builds up his speed. He can run. He can adjust to the ball like no other. His 41-inch vertical is documented, so that’s where he gets his separation — by leaping and adjusting to the ball.”
Doctson figures to benefit from a healthy offseason. He had a lingering Achilles after Washington took him as the 22nd overall choice in 2016, and it cost him most of his rookie season. Doctson had a hamstring injury during training camp last year.