KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When the offseason began for the Kansas City Chiefs in January after their divisional round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jeremy Maclin was their No. 1 wide receiver and Alex Smith looked like the long-term quarterback.
Neither is the case now that the Chiefs are finished with offseason practice and the start of training camp looms next month. It was another eventful offseason for the Chiefs, and here are six things we learned about them in the last five months:
1. They aren’t afraid to make a bold move. The quarterbacks for Kansas City’s opponents in their three most recent playoff defeats were Andrew Luck, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger. Seeing their first legitimate opportunity in years to acquire a quarterback they believe could someday become the same type of player, the Chiefs didn’t waste it. They jumped 17 spots in the first round to No. 10, where they drafted Patrick Mahomes II of Texas Tech. Even if Mahomes doesn’t work out, it’s hard to blame the Chiefs here. They often have been playing with a quarterback deficit since their Super Bowl victory 47 years ago and not just in the playoffs. Acquiring Mahomes came at a cost for the Chiefs. They had to give up their top pick in next year’s draft, so they have a lot invested in him. But no one will gripe about the cost if Mahomes works out as the Chiefs envision he will.
2. Smith is still their quarterback, if only for one more season. One reason the Chiefs drafted Mahomes, who needs…
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