The Kansas City Chiefs need Patrick Mahomes, their franchise, MVP-caliber quarterback, back to 100 percent as soon as possible. The good news is that Mahomes says he’s “progressing well” from his offseason toe surgery and is currently ahead of schedule.
“I think I’m progressing well,” said Mahomes, via ESPN. “I think I’m ahead of schedule myself. Obviously, we’re trying to be cautious. We’re not pushing me out there too soon. But I’m doing what I can. I’ve gotten out of the boot finally. It took forever. Now I’m trying to get back on the field and get that stuff working. I’m sure they’ll keep me on that same pathway and that hopefully I can do some stuff by the end of the offseason.”
That is obviously fantastic news, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle.
The other important factor at play for Kansas City is getting better protection for him up front. Otherwise, the next ailment could come sooner rather than later, and that doesn’t help in their quest for a third-straight Super Bowl appearance.
So far, so good on that front though.
First, the Chiefs went out and spent big money on the top offensive lineman in free agency, Joe Thuney. That locked up one of the guard spots. The team then proceeded to add Kyle Long and Austin Blythe to shore up the interior.
Most recently, the team made a blockbuster trade to secure Baltimore Ravens starting tackle Orlando Brown Jr. After spending most of his NFL career at right tackle, Brown made the switch to the left side and thrived once starter Ronnie Stanley got hurt. With Stanley returning, Brown was expected to move back to the right side, but he wasn’t a fan of that decision. So he signed with KC, who will let him stay on the left.
Mahomes will benefit from all the offseason moves up front. It might take some time for the unit to gel, but that injection of talent should drastically change what we saw from the O-line in Super Bowl LV.
With Mahomes’ recovery ahead of schedule, the improvements along the offensive line are a welcome sight.
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