Twitter reacts to Patrick Mahomes getting the start at quarterback for KC

Aug 31 2017 Kansas City MO USA Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back to pass in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium

When speaking to reporters, Reid said he has no expectations for Mahomes and just wants him to get some reps leading the offense. They are also locked into the no. 4 seed in the AFC playoffs regardless of what happens in Week 17.

Which might explain why Andy Reid and company have chose to give starting quarterback Alex Smith a break and start rookie Patrick Mahomes instead.

Mahomes, who was the Chiefs' first-round pick in this year's draft, completed 34 of 54 passes for 390 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in the preseason.

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In fact, you know there will be fans calling for Mahomes to start the Wild Card game over Smith if the rookie plays well enough. The groans for Mahomes got loud in Kansas City about a month ago when the Chiefs were slumping hard, but Alex Smith righted the ship and got K.C. into the playoffs with a division crown. But he is expecting to lead the Chiefs to their 10th win of the season.

However Mahomes performs shouldn't have any bearing on this season, but it could reveal a lot for the Chiefs' plans next season and beyond. With that in mind, Reid made a decision to give the rookie his first start. But if Mahomes play well, it could make the Chiefs a little more comfortable in moving on from Smith this summer.

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