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New backup Carson Wentz “can make any throw,” Patrick Mahomes believes

After playing with four teams in eight seasons, Carson Wentz’s career took a huge leap when the Chiefs signed him to a one-year deal in April 2024. Wentz, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, is now Patrick’s backup QB. Mahomes. The signing of the 31-year-old is a boost as it helps manage Mahomes’ workload. Plus, the quarterback is confident the Chiefs can thrive with Wentz.

Mahomes spoke Thursday after the mandatory minicamp, detailing his backup QB’s specialties and explaining why he’s a smart pick. The three-time MVP revealed that the No. 11 veteran “asks a lot of questions” and is a “great guy” who is “super talented.”

“You can see why he was on pace to win the MVP. You see, the man can make any throw, he’s smart, intelligent, asks a lot of questions, and he’s committed similar fouls before. So it’s easy for him to pick it up, I think. But I mean, he’s super talented. That’s the first thing I saw.”

The former Eagles and Rams star has thrown for 22,292 yards and 153 touchdowns in eight seasons in the NFL. However, his inability to be a regular member of any team after the five-year stint in Philly led to setbacks in his career. In 2023, as a free agent, he even had to wait a long time.

Interestingly enough, in the only game he played for the Rams in the 2023-24 season, the North Carolina native scored three touchdowns against the 49ers, proving his form. In addition to Mahomes and Wentz, the Chiefs QB room consists of Chad Henne and Matt Moore. However, the former Bison QB has taken the second spot due to his experience and previous records.

Meanwhile, in the June 7 post-practice presser, Wentz outlined what he’s seen from Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ future Hall of Famer, and how it makes him special.

Carson Wentz is getting real about Patrick Mahomes

The veteran quarterback spoke about Mahomes’ anticipatory throws and quick turnaround of the play to highlight how the 28-year-old is preparing for the Chiefs’ three-peat. Additionally, Wentz explained how he learned more from watching Mahomes play at the practice facility.

“If you see him live in training, he processes the match very quickly. You see that coming in. He’s calling protection, he’s in and out of the huddle, throwing anticipatory throws, like all those things you see from far away, but it’s just fun to watch. It’s fun to see,” he added when asked about Mahomes.

The Chiefs know the importance of a backup, as Chad Henne, who replaced the injured Mahomes in 2022, led the team to a 27-20 victory against the Jaguars in the Divisional Round. It’s the same role the Chiefs expect Wentz to play in the event of an injury.

With an impressive skill set and the luxury of experience, Andy Reid’s men appear to have checked the right box by selecting Carson Wentz as Patrick Mahomes’ backup.

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