Alex Smith Knows He’ll Play Elsewhere in 2018

Written by Kevin Patra at NFL.com

Alex Smith started off the season by torching the New England Patriots. The Chiefs hope the barrage of big plays from their starting quarterback is the harbinger of a monster season, likely the QB’s final in Kansas City.

After K.C. brass traded up to draft Patrick Mahomes in the first round, Smith knew the score. The 33-year-old quarterback said before the season during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, he understands the expectation is that he’ll be playing elsewhere next year. Smith added that’s how he’s always operated.

“Yeah, you know, for sure it absolutely does, without a doubt,” Smith said when asked if he felt like 2017 was his last season in K.C. “And I only say that because, that was exactly my mindset when I got traded here was no different. Like this could be my only year here right? I just think you become a veteran. Structurally the contracts — the guarantees are less and that’s just the reality, right. Like you got to prove yourself year in and year out and if you can’t get the job done, every team’s gonna go try to find somebody else they can, right? I mean that’s the reality of the deal.

“I mean, I don’t care who you are. I mean that’s the thing, right? You cease to be this developmental project — a rookie guy that’s on a rookie contract that maybe has years to grow. You’re a veteran. You’re expected to perform and play at a certain level. And if you don’t, the team isn’t going to just keep going [on same path]. They’re gonna try and find somebody else that can. And so, no different this year than every year. That’s just been the way it is. I don’t think that’s a bad thing either.”

Unlike Brett Favre, who repeatedly said it wasn’t his job to help teach a young Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, Smith said his personality is such that he’ll help the rookie or any other quarterback on the team, even if that means hurting his own chances to keep his job.

Smith was asked if it’s difficult to see his team use a pick on a quarterback who wouldn’t see the field this year instead of a player that might help the Chiefs get over the playoff hump this season.

“Yeah, it was hard. I mean, I knew we were potentially gonna take a quarterback,” Smith said of the Mahomes pick. “We hadn’t really spent a lot of draft capital on a quarterback since I’ve been here. So definitely knew it was a possibility. Like you said, though, I had a lot of expectations for us. We have a lot of expectations in it for winning now — like win now. We got this window of opportunity and let’s take advantage.

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Alex Smith Realizes He’s Running Out Of Time

Written by Adam Teicher at ESPN.com

In his first public comments since the Chiefs traded up in the first round to select Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II, Alex Smith acknowledged Wednesday that his time as Kansas City’s starting quarterback might soon be finished.

The Chiefs view Mahomes as the eventual replacement for Smith, who has two seasons left on his contract.

“I think [the Chiefs are] committed to me [only] through this year,” Smith said. “That’s just the nature of it. If you don’t go out there and perform, I mean, coach [Andy] Reid and [quarterbacks coach Matt Nagy] are very honest. You’ve got to go out there and do your deal. We all have to.

“Whether or not we drafted Patrick, it doesn’t change that, right? If you’re not good enough and didn’t get it done, you’re not going to be around long. That’s just our culture. I know it. That’s the nature of the position.”

The Chiefs moved up to the 10th overall pick to select Mahomes, trading away the 27th pick, their first-round choice in 2018 and a third-rounder (91st overall) this year to the Buffalo Bills.

Smith went through a similar situation earlier in his career when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick in the second round in 2011. Midway through the following season, Kaepernick replaced Smith as San Francisco’s starting quarterback, and Smith was traded to the Chiefs after the season.

“There is a little similarity,” said Smith, who turned 33 earlier this month. “I’m an older quarterback, and they drafted a kid that’s coming in young and they’re looking to develop.’

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Pat Mahomes Robbed In Tyler, Texas

Written by LouAnna Campbell at The Tyler Morning Telegraph

Whitehouse football star Patrick Mahomes, who recently was drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs, was reportedly robbed in Tyler on Friday.

According to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Mahomes was among four people who reported being robbed by someone they believed was armed with a handgun.

Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. Darrell Coslin said deputies were dispatched to the 8800 block of Mansion Creek Circle, where victims said they were in the driveway when a vehicle pulled in behind them. They said a man approached them, demanded property and gestured as if he was carrying a handgun in his waistband, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.

“I can’t really get into the details,” Mahomes said. “I’m just glad me and my friends are safe and the cops got the suspects.”

The sheriff’s office said deputies were able to locate the vehicle on County Road 273 and Malisa Circle and identify the vehicle occupants as 34-year-old Michael Blake Pinkerton and 58-year-old Billy Rae Johnson.

Coslin said deputies recovered property from the vehicle that was taken during the robbery, and the men were arrested on multiple charges including aggravated robbery.

According to Smith County judicial records Johnson was arrested for tampering and fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair and two counts of possession of a controlled substance and is being held on a $6,000 bond.

Pinkerton was booked into the Smith County jail shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday for aggravated robbery and is being held on $50,000 bond. Pinkerton has a long criminal record in Smith County dating back to 2007.

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QB Prospects Still Jockeying For Positioning In NFL Draft

Written by Jeff Legwold at ESPN.com

The quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL draft class have heard the naysayers.

If teams are looking for a sure thing at the top of the draft — say a Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck — it’s probably not happening this year.

But don’t tell that to the draftees.

“If you ask all the guys that are other quarterbacks in this draft class, they’ll probably say the same thing,” Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson said. “It’s just going to make the documentary and the story in five, 10 years even better whenever they start talking good about us. It’s a motivational tip and a humbling tip, and they can say what they want to say, but that’s just opinions, not facts — because we haven’t stepped foot on an NFL field yet, so they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

In most draft years, the pecking order at the top for quarterbacks is set by the time they report to Indianapolis in February for the scouting combine. This year’s class is different, as the opinions vary widely on the best available passers. As a result, those players might actually change their stock significantly between now and the draft’s opening night on April 27.

It also means every interview, clip of video, private workout and even offhanded comment could move one of the quarterbacks to the head of the class.

“All the guys are great, all the guys are very competitive,” Watson said. “All the guys have had success, are going have a successful career in the NFL. Everyone works hard, everyone is motivated to be the guy in that franchise.”

Watson, North Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky, Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes II, Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer, Pitt’s Nathan Peterman and Cal’s Davis Webb are on many teams’ draft boards. But how they’re ranked differs widely around the league, as the beauty of this class of passers is truly in the eyes of the beholder.

The group has more riding on these last-look workouts and visits than many of its predecessors. In previous years, quarterback prospects were trying to move up a few picks in the weeks leading up to the draft. This group could move entire rounds as they leapfrog each other based on tryouts.

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