Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the best player in the NFL today. Come 2020, he’ll be winning another MVP award.
Patrick Mahomes is the face of the NFL.
At 24 years old, the Chiefs quarterback has already won an MVP award, the Super Bowl and a Super Bowl MVP. It’s an impressive resumè for any player, let alone after their first two years as a starter.
However, last year was anything but smooth. Mahomes found himself on the turf in Denver during a Week 7 game against the Broncos, his kneecap on the outside of his leg. There dislocation forced Mahomes to miss two games (and most of a third) while rehabbing, albeit without missing a practice.
After posting 5,097 passing yards and 50 touchdowns en route to the NFL MVP in 2018, Mahomes saw his numbers dip to 4,031 yards and 26 scoring strikes.
Now, trying to defend the title, Mahomes is primed for perhaps his biggest year yet. Here are five reasons why he could be claiming a second MVP in three seasons.
5. Healthier year, bigger numbers
Again, Mahomes dealt with a dislocated kneecap, limiting him to 14 games last season. Additionally, he had an ankle injury for most of the year, starting when he got rolled on in the second quarter of a Week 1 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
If Mahomes can stay healthy — he doesn’t have a lengthy injury history — his numbers will rise. With an increase in stats, the two-time Pro Bowler will be in the upper crust of almost all statistics if not outright leading them.