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Summary from the Final Week of Camp
Somewhat surprisingly, Patrick Mahomes II helmed two entire possessions to open the team’s third and final preseason game. He opened the game in scorching fashion, completing passes to star pass-catchers Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Simply put, Mahomes looks healthy, collected, and in midseason form as he starts the chase for a third straight Super Bowl. If there’s a concern, it’s the reconstructed offensive line, but the newcomers have been impressive. Coach Andy Reid points out the three new starters “came from [college] teams that threw the ball, so they’ve got an understanding of the passing game.” That’s essential in keeping Mahomes upright and this offense atop the league standings.
The backfield looks more or less settled despite short-term injury woes. Starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire gave a scare when he sprained his ankle on August 20, but he’s back to limited work at practice, and his Week 1 status isn’t in doubt. Behind him, Darrel Williams has also returned in a limited capacity after last week’s concussion. Williams isn’t flashy, but he’s capable of manufacturing yardage as a rusher and receiver and closed the preseason as the listed No. 2. If Saturday’s game against the Vikings served as an audition for a further look, then Derrick Gore (106 scrimmage yards and one touchdown) and Jerick McKinnon made noise while Williams sat. Their performances may have spelled doom for Darwin Thompson’s roster hopes. Still, it’s important to note Gore faces an uphill battle to make the roster since he doesn’t contribute on special teams. Even if McKinnon sticks, Williams looks poised to command the backfield again should Edwards-Helaire go down.
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