Could Patrick Mahomes’ behind-the-back pass be unveiled this season?

For years, such a moment has been discussed by the superstar quarterback

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — For years, such a moment has been discussed by the superstar quarterback, his always-growing number of fans and even those within the Kansas City Chiefs’ organization, whether in the locker room, coaches’ offices or personnel meetings.

Well, midway through the Chiefs’ non-padded practice Saturday, finally, it happened: Patrick Mahomes, the most talented passer in the NFL, threw and completed a behind-the-back pass with 21 other players on the field — a first in front of fans during training camp since Mahomes became the franchise’s quarterback in 2017.When practice ended, several members of the Chiefs’ video production department moved as fast as they could to get back to Blum Union, its headquarters on the campus of Missouri Western State. The buzz in the room, of course, was to look at Mahomes’ highlight — again and again and again — and share it on the team’s social media accounts.

“He’s just kidding… unless?” the Chiefs wrote on their Twitter account, which was accompanied with a flushed face emoji.

An hour later, Mahomes quoted the Chiefs’ tweet with his response: the eyes emoji.Mahomes, the league’s reigning MVP and Super Bowl LVII MVP, gave the Detroit Lions — Kansas City’s opening-night opponent on Sept. 7 — and the rest of the Chiefs’ opponents another aspect of his rare skills to consider when game planning against him. Mahomes, as he often does, showcased his behind-the-back wizardry while looking ahead downfield, giving the repetition a bit of his usual no-look sauce, too.

Rookie tackle Wanya Morris was shocked when he learned, following Saturday’s on-field work, that Mahomes created such a highlight.

“He’s definitely a magician,” Morris said. “That’s insane. As an offensive lineman, you’re not looking at the ball. We have to assume and know where the ball is at all times without seeing it. To go back and watch him do that, it’s breathtaking. For it to be so accurate behind the back, that’s insane. Let’s be real: Nobody can do that.”

In the team period, Mahomes executed a play-action fake with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to set up a screen pass for receiver Skyy Moore. Even more impressive, Mahomes’ behind-the-back pass was precise. The ball was easy for Moore to catch with plenty of room in space on the perimeter of the field to gain 10 yards before a defender would be close enough to attempt to tackle him.


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