Patrick Mahomes has been battling an ankle injury for much of the season, and he appeared to tweak it again during the first half of the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Houston Texans on Sunday.
Mahomes took another shot to his left ankle early on and appeared to be limping on several plays. He also made some uncharacteristically inaccurate throws and was not moving well in the pocket. The star quarterback threw an interception and coughed up a fumble after his ankle was rolled up on.
Though he has not missed any time, Mahomes initially injured his ankle in the first game of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has had it heavily taped since and tweaked it on more than one occasion.
Mahomes has still be making some of his typical jaw-dropping throws, but mobility has clearly been an issue for him while the injury lingers.
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Matthew Judon did not at all agree with a fine that he drew for a takedown of Patrick Mahomes during last Sunday’s game.
The Ravens linebacker was fined $21,056 because of an attempted tackle of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback in the first quarter of the eventual 33-28 Baltimore loss, a play that drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness. Here is video of the sequence, which appeared to show a clear horse collar.
— Mitchel Summers (@WIBWMitchel) September 22, 2019
The penalty made a big difference in the close game as the Chiefs, instead of having to settle for a field goal on 4th-and-goal from the Ravens’ 4-yard line, got an automatic first down at the 2 and eventually scored a touchdown.
When news of the fine broke on Saturday, Judon responded by tweeting a GIF from the TV show “Family Guy” of lead character Peter Griffin clutching his knee in pain. It seemed to be a shot at Mahomes, either for exaggerating the contact or for getting preferential treatment from the referees.
— Matthew Judon (@man_dammn) September 28, 2019
While Judon may have also thought that the tackle was not a horse collar by the definition of the rules, former referee and rules analyst Gene Steratore indicated at the time on Sunday that it was indeed a horse collar.
If a quarterback is inside the pocket, there can be no foul for a horse-collar tackle. However, once the QB is outside of the pocket, the horse-collar penalty applies. This is a good call by the refs in #BALvsKC as Mahomes is clearly outside of the pocket. pic.twitter.com/1yuEkwwvKU
— Gene Steratore (@GeneSteratore) September 22, 2019
The reigning MVP Mahomes has become the NFL’s golden boy in a sense and may soon be getting paid like it too. As such, resentment from other players, whether justified or not, simply comes with the territory.
Patrick Mahomes will be eligible to sign a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs after the season, and they are expected to make the star quarterback an offer as soon as league rules allow. Not surprisingly, that offer will likely be the biggest one in football history.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on “Get Up!” Thursday morning that he expects the Chiefs to offer Mahomes a new deal worth more than $200 million, which would make him by far the highest-paid player in NFL history.
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) September 26, 2019
Schefter went on to speculate that the Chiefs could offer Mahomes more than $200 million over five years, which would be an average annual value of $40 million or more. Russell Wilson is currently the highest-paid player in football with an average annual salary of $35 million, so any new contract for Mahomes is expected to dwarf that number.
And why not? Mahomes set records last season en route to earning his first NFL MVP award. Perhaps more impressive, the 24-year-old has shown no signs of regression through three games this year, as he has already thrown for over 1,000 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in three games. He leads the NFL with a 134.9 passer rating.
Many teams have swung and missed with drafting quarterbacks in recent years, but the Chiefs hit a home run. Given the way Mahomes has played and the fact that he is capable of doing things we never even thought possible, it makes sense that Kansas City would essentially let him name his price.
Troy Aikman had the ultimate response to a Patrick Mahomes comparison from a media outlet.
On Monday, The Athletic Kansas City promoted a podcast talking up Mahomes by pointing out how the young Chiefs quarterback already has passed for a third the touchdowns of Aikman, and only in eight percent of the games.
ICYMI: "Patrick Mahomes has thrown 36% of Troy Aikman's career touchdowns, in about 8% of the games" https://t.co/VAJmRm9gmT
— The Athletic Kansas City (@TheAthleticKC) September 23, 2019
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, who won three Super Bowls, dropped his rings on the table for The Athletic and Mahomes.
iCYMI: Talk to me when when he has 33% of my Super Bowl Titles https://t.co/Ba8kjPRnDs
— Troy Aikman (@TroyAikman) September 24, 2019
To be clear, Aikman isn’t against Mahomes. He just doesn’t like a media outlet using his stats as a benchmark to diminish him.
The era in which Aikman played is totally different from the current era. Now you can’t touch quarterbacks or wide receivers without getting a flag. Back when Aikman played and before, much more contact was allowed, which made it a lot harder to beef up passing stats. Throwing for 3,000 yards in a season actually was a big milestone. Now you better be throwing for 4,000 or you’re not having a decent year.
Between this and his previous tweet that went viral, we love this version of Aikman dominating on social media.
Patrick Mahomes’ mom has quite possibly the best custom jersey we have seen.
Mahomes’ mother Randi Martin has a Kansas City Chiefs jersey with her son’s number 15 on it. Instead of saying “Mahomes” on the name plate across the back of the jersey, Martin’s says “QB Producer.”
— Travis Loyd (@jtravisl) September 22, 2019
The jersey was featured on CBS’ telecast of the Chiefs-Ravens game Sunday:
— Mike Wickett (@mikewickett) September 22, 2019
That led Martin to share a photo of her wearing the jersey while sitting next to her son:
— Randi (@tootgail) September 22, 2019
Mahomes may have the talent and MVP skills, but his mom helped produce him — literally. Her jersey is awesome and perfect, and our favorite for a quarterback’s family since Tom Brady’s.
The Kansas City Chiefs, already facing one key injury, suffered a huge scare on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes briefly left Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars about midway through the second quarter after he appeared to roll his left ankle during a play.
Patrick Mahomes is in the blue tent. He limped off the field and had to get some help once he was off the field. Looked like his left ankle. Moore is warming up.
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 8, 2019
Mahomes in the medical tent now. Looked like he planted his left foot, got his leg bent back when a Jags defender (believe it was Ngakoue) pulled him down.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 8, 2019
Luckily for the Chiefs, Mahomes’ time on the sidelines was brief. He didn’t even miss a play as referees sorted out penalties on a scuffle that ensued following the play that injured the quarterback, though he was still favoring his ankle upon returning.
Patrick Mahomes has returned – with a bit of a limp. https://t.co/HpE7bBQJCN
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 8, 2019
Mahomes is fresh off a 2018 season that saw him surpass 50 touchdowns and 5,000 yards. He’s the player Kansas City can ill afford to lose, especially after one of his key weapons was sidelined in the same game.
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Expectations are high for many NFL teams and players entering the season. Some players, though, can dream of more than just leading their team to a Super Bowl. A select few are favored to win the MVP award, recognizing a season of individual greatness.
This award usually goes to a quarterback, and it usually goes to someone on a winning team. Neither of these are prerequisites, of course, but they’re simply the most likely outcome. So which five players are the early favorites to claim the award? Here are some names to consider.
5) Baker Mayfield, QB, Browns
Mayfield’s rookie year made everyone salivate over his ceiling. It’s only a matter of question whether he can reach it. In his first NFL year, he threw 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions with 3,725 yards passing. The addition of Odell Beckham Jr. has led to greater expectations of the Browns this year, and Mayfield will be looked to as a leader. If the Browns do what many believe they are capable of, Mayfield could shoot to the forefront of the MVP debate in his second season.
4) Carson Wentz, QB, Eagles
Health will be vital for Wentz, who hasn’t played 16 games since 2016. He may well have won an MVP in 2017 if not for a season-ending injury. The Eagles should be contenders again in 2019, and Wentz has shown that as long as he’s healthy, he’s capable of putting up huge numbers. Despite two injury-plagued seasons, he’s hit 3,000 yards both times. If he can play all 16 games, 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns are within the realm of possibility. Those are MVP-like numbers.
3) Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
Rodgers played through a knee injury most of last season and was not his usual accurate self. Though he threw for 25 touchdowns and just two interceptions, his 62.3 completion percentage was his second-lowest career mark since taking over as the Packers’ starter. Green Bay stumbled to a 6-9-1 season that cost Mike McCarthy his job. Now it’s up to Matt LaFleur to bring out the best in Rodgers and see if the quarterback can return to the MVP form he displayed in 2011 and 2014. We’re envisioning a major improvement from last season.
2) Drew Brees, QB, Saints
Brees actually posted the worst numbers of his Saints career last year, falling short of 4,000 yards for the first time. He would’ve made it had he played in all 16 games, and he still threw 32 touchdowns, suggesting that the magic is not gone. The Saints are going to be talented as ever, and they’ll lean heavily on Brees to move the offense. There’s every chance he returns to the 4,000-yard plateau while throwing a ton of touchdown passes.
1) Patrick Mahomes, QB, Chiefs
After he delivered 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns passing last season, expectations are sky high for Mahomes in 2019. If he can do anything close to that again while leading the Chiefs to the playoffs and beyond, he has every chance of winning the award again. There’s no reason he can’t — while some regression may be inevitable, he has all the tools to be elite and the weapons around him to put up truly outrageous stat lines. For now, Mahomes is the favorite to retain his MVP award — it will take some effort and probably a step back on his part for someone to take it from him.