Reid was asked specifically about the progress being made between quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his new receiver group on Thursday, prompting a response that reflected significant growth.
“I liked what I saw. Do we still have room to grow? Absolutely, but [they’re] further than I anticipated at this point,” Reid said. “I like the guys we’ve brought in – they have a sense of space. I still care a bit about them, but they did a good job. This camp is all about passing, we don’t run the ball. It gives you a little idea in the passing game of what the guys are capable of. [doing].”
This process also goes both ways, as the Chiefs’ new receivers adapt to Mahomes’ unique abilities. New addition JuJu Smith-Schuster, for example, marveled at one of Mahomes’ “no-look” throws after practice on Tuesday.
“He made the no-look pass today, and I was just like, ‘Wow.’ He even got me, and I was just on the sidelines,” said Smith-Schuster, who went on to describe a no-look pass Mahomes threw at him in the 2018 Pro Bowl. “That’s Patrick for you . That’s what I should expect.”
This is something that will continue to take time, and Mahomes and company don’t plan on wasting any of it. In fact, with official offseason practices over, Mahomes plans to invite his offensive playmakers to a series of informal practices in Texas before training camp begins in late July.
“I’ll have some guys there. Luckily some of those guys are already living in Texas, and we’re going to practice and pitch,” said Mahomes, who held a series of similar practices in April ahead of OTAs. “You don’t want to do too much before training camp, but [we’re] just trying to keep everyone fresh and keep everyone working. We’ll have dates there, and I’m sure we’ll have some guys showing up.”
One player who seemed to benefit from the first iteration of Texas workouts was wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who consistently impressed during the Chiefs’ “First Look” workout last Wednesday – which was open to several hundred members of the squad. season pass – with a handful of catches deep on the sidelines.
“I think he did a great job learning the offense very quickly and making plays when his number was called,” Mahomes said of Valdes-Scantling. “[Early in OTAs], we had a few guys who were a little stoned, and he had a lot of reps and made a lot of sets. When you do that and the other guys come back, [I] have that confidence [now] that he can make those plays, so you saw a couple on the sideline where it was one-on-one, and I just threw him out and let him make a play and he did. It’s a good thing to see, and hopefully that continues in training camp and into the season.”