Patrick Mahomes just learned how to read NFL defenses last year

Patrick Mahomes just learned how to read NFL defenses last year

The rest of the NFL had a good run.

Patrick Mahomes, who quarterbacked the Kansas City Chiefs to a comeback victory over the 49ers in Super Bowl 2020, picked up a new skill he only got to sharpen for half of last season.

“I didn’t understand how to read defenses until halfway through last year,” the 24-year-old signal caller said on HBO’s “The Shop.”

“I understood coverages but to be able to pick up little tendencies defenses do, stuff that [Tom] Brady and them have done that they know and they do it… I was just playing.”

Mahomes explained that he only began playing quarterback during his junior year in high school, which explains his learning curve, and also makes his rise to stardom even more freakish.

Three years after being the 10th-overall pick in the 2017 draft, the Texas native has thrown for 9,412 yards and 76 touchdowns, completed 66% of his passes and racked up two Pro Bowl appearances, an All-Pro selection, the 2018 Offensive Player of the Year honors and a Bert Bell Award. Mahomes sat behind Alex Smith his rookie season, only playing in the regular-season finale with the Chiefs playoff position decided.

Oh, and he just started to get that much better — and with a looming megadeal coming his way soon.

“This year I could actually recognize more and more stuff,” he said, “and I think the more experience and the more I learn, I’ll be able to go out there and call plays and do that different stuff because I’ve seen it and I still think there’s a long way for me to go there. … I think mentally I can take my game to a whole other level.”

Mahomes’ turn on the LeBron James-led HBO talk show will air on March 7.

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