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Chiefs promote rookie Mahomes to No. 2 QB

From ESPN - August 13, 2017

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. -- Rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes II impressed the Kansas City Chiefs enough in Friday night's preseason opener that they gave him a promotion of sorts as they returned to the training camp practice field.

Mahomes was moved to the No. 2 quarterback spot behind starter Alex Smith, while Tyler Bray was dropped to No. 3.

Coach Andy Reid said the move was one that Mahomes earned and not something the Chiefs would have done regardless of how he played.

"It's not because of Tyler's performance in the game," Reid said of Bray, who threw an interception in his first series Friday against the San Francisco 49ers. "I thought he actually did very well ... and Patrick did a nice job, too. It gives [Mahomes] an opportunity to step up and work with that second group and see what he can do there.

"It's not something [Tyler] did not do. [Tyler] is playing well. But Patrick has also done a nice job. In order to step up with that group, Pat would have had to [make] progress."

Mahomes, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick, completed 7 of 9 passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in his preseason debut.

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