Patrick Mahomes is a force of nature. Widely acknowledged as the best quarterback in the game today, the Kansas City Chiefs star has redefined the position with his unmatched abilities, making the impossible seem routine.
However, as it turns out, Mahomes has more to offer than just his incredible arm and playmaking prowess.
The Chiefs found themselves facing an unexpected situation when their starting punter, Tommy Townsend, suffered a knee injury. In response to this challenge, Kansas City made a surprising move, listing none other than Patrick Mahomes as their backup punter.
Special teams coordinator Dave Toub was quick to praise Mahomes, stating, “He (Mahomes) shows me all the time. He’s out there going on Saturday hitting punts. He can do it all that guy.”
Unsurprisingly, Mahomes was exuberant about this unique opportunity. In a succinct tweet, the Chiefs’ star expressed his excitement about the possibility of punting for the team in Week 7.
The Chiefs’ punting woes have been an ongoing issue this season. Townsend’s injury prompted the team to explore alternative options before their Week 6 matchup against the Broncos.
Nevertheless, the Chiefs opted against allocating a roster spot to a backup punter, recognizing the need for depth in other positions in case of injuries.
It appears that Mahomes may not have the chance to display his punting skills in Week 7. Townsend has fully participated in recent practices and even played in the Chiefs’ Week 6 game despite his injury.
This development should come as a relief to Kansas City fans, as having their franchise quarterback assume additional roles is far from ideal.
With a 5-1 record heading into their game against the Chargers, the Chiefs have experienced some unexpected challenges this season.
Their upcoming divisional clash with the Chargers could be the turning point where Kansas City reaches their full potential. Ideally, this game will see Mahomes throwing passes rather than kicking punts.