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Patrick Mahomes spent this past offseason riding

par zhangzk » Sam 19 Oct 2019 à 2h27

ST. JOSEPH , Mo. (AP) — horses through the surf and throwing passes on the beach, swapping jokes with Jimmy Kimmel and hob-knobbing with celebrities on the red carpet.He’s the cover boy for this year’s Madden video game. The Texas Tech die-hard who followed his alma mater all the way to the Final Four. The sports fan that suddenly pops up at the Stanley Cup Final, then makes sure to congratulate the St. Louis Blues on his uber-popular social media channels.Mahomes also is the face of the Kansas City Chiefs, the reigning NFL MVP and without question the biggest star to land in the City of Fountains since George Brett was playing third base for the Royals.“He’s a rock star,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said.One that was largely undiscovered just a year ago.Mahomes was anointed the starter last offseason, when the Chiefs shipped Alex Smith to the Redskins, but his arrival at training camp came with plenty of question marks: Could his big arm buck the trend of Red Raider quarterbacks flaming out in the NFL? Could he run coach Andy Reid’s complex offense? Could he live up to the expectations that come with being a first-round draft pick?He answered all those questions in the season opener against the Chargers. In the awkward setting of a soccer stadium in Los Angeles, the mop-haired Mahomes threw four touchdown passes without a pick.He threw six touchdown passes the next week in Pittsburgh. Three more against San Francisco. And he led the Chiefs to a 5-0 start before a road loss to New England es, and nearly beat the Patriots in the AFC title game. The teams headed to overtime tied 31-all, the Patriots won the coin toss and marched downfield for the winning touchdown, denying Mahomes a chance with the ball.It was a nightmare ending to an otherwise dream season.“Every win and every loss you use going into the next season,” Mahomes said. “Obviously, we were super close to making the Super Bowl and we fell just short of that, but we’re going to keep progressing forward and keep learning from that game, learn from what we didn’t do as well.”Mahomes spent the offseason working on his footwo that month. He signed a series of sponsorship and endorsement deals, walked the red carpet at the ESPY Awards, and left Kimmel laughing on his show just a few weeks ago.That nickname of “Showtime?” Sounds about perfect.His magnetic personality and otherworldly talent also has had a big impact on the Chiefs. Record crowds showed up for the first two days of training camp last weekend, where his No. 15 jersey outnumbered all others by about 2-to-1, and ticket sales for the upcoming season are skyrocketing.“You look at the impact he’s had on our business, it’s multilayered,” Chiefs president Mark Donovan said. “He has benefited us in terms of a lot of our big partners are partners with Patrick. It is a grea ather, pitcher Pat Mahomes, and his godfather, longtime relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins.That’s why he learned to say “no” this offseason, trying to strike a balance between work, business and pleasure. He showed up to training camp in better shape, the baby fat that he brought into the league replaced by lean muscle, and he exuded a certain self-assurance that was missing a year ago.“I mean, he e has a lot more things figured out and now it is more confidence in taking this team to the Super Bowl.”That’s something no Chiefs quarterback has done since Len Dawson in 1970.“He’s definitely a special guy,” new Chiefs running back Carlos Hyde said. “Just his leadership and the way he carries himself, the way he’s respected throughout the locker room.”To say nothing of what he can do on the field.No-look tosses, left-handed throws and behind-the-back passes are all part of his repertoire, along with those lasers over the middle, perfectly lofted faded passes and downfield heaves.“You know those jugs machines we are on after practice?” rookie running back Darwin Thompson asked, referring to machines that spit out footballs. “He’s a real-life jugs machine.”Mahomes admits he had fun this past offseason, even if his longtime girlfriend had to plead with fans on social media to respect their privac ing better each day,’ because in order to get to that lofty goal of the Super Bowl, you have to make sure that you maximize each and every opportunity that you have.” The Colts didn’t pick up a running back in the draft, so they went the veteran free agent route to fill out their backfield.The team announced on Tuesday that they have signed former Chiefs running back Spencer Ware. He joins Kansas City teammate Justin Houston and wide receiver Devin Funchess as free agent additions in Indianapolis.Ware visited with the Colts earlier this month as part of a tour that also saw him spend time with the Jets and Lions. Ware returned from missing the entire 2017 season with a knee injury to appear in 13 games for the Chiefs last season. He ran 51 times for 246 yards and two touchdowns while also catching 20 passes for 224 yards.Marlon Mack was the leading rusher for the Colts last season. 2018 draft picks Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hines round out the backfield group.In addition to signing Ware, the Colts also parted ways with safety Isaiah Johnson, defensive tackle DeShawn Williams and wide receiver James Wright.
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