Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was missing two of his top-three targets in Mecole Hardman and JuJu Smith-Schuster on Sunday night against the Los Angeles Chargers, but no one would’ve ever guessed based on how Mahomes played.
Granted, a lot of that is because Travis Kelce caught over 100-yards worth of passes and three touchdowns.
But, regardless, Mahomes was dealing all night long and as a result, guys like Jody Fortson, Skyy Moore, and Justin Watson made big plays.
But even with last week’s success, Mahomes is going to have an extra pep in his step this week when the Chiefs take on the Los Angeles Rams.
That’s because Andy Reid confirmed Friday that JuJu Smith-Schuster will return to action in Week 12.
“JuJu (Smith‐Schuster) did a good job. He looked good. He’ll be available, yup,” Reid told reporters.
Smith-Schuster has been a very effective weapon for the Chiefs, so he’ll certainly provide a boost for the passing attack.
His 46 receptions and 615 receiving yards lead all the wideouts on the team (wideouts don’t include tight ends, by the way) by a wide margin and his two receiving touchdowns are second-most among wideouts.
Mahomes was asked about the possibility of Smith-Schuster’s return earlier in the week and the former Super Bowl MVP didn’t hold back in his answer.
“To get a dynamic playmaker back – hopefully everything goes good with the protocol and everything like that, and he’s healthy and ready to go,” said Mahomes. “But just to have that energy on the sideline again. He’s obviously a great player, but a great teammate so you always want to get those guys back in the huddle.”
Yea, I think it’s safe to say Mahomes is a very happy man, right now.