Patrick Mahomes is diplomatic, but receivers’ drops are costing the Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes is diplomatic, but receivers’ drops are costing the Chiefs
KANSAS CITY, MO – NOVEMBER 20: Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (11) drops a sure touchdown late in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs on Nov 20, 2023 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As a trio, coach Andy Reid, offensive coordinator Matt Nagy and quarterback Patrick Mahomes have elected to be diplomatic, choosing to not publicly criticize the position group that has most impeded the progress of the Kansas City Chiefs offense: the receivers.

“Guys that I’ve seen catch before didn’t necessarily make the catch,” Reid said late Monday night of his receivers after the Chiefs’ 21-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. “These are good players. We’re OK. We’ve just got to get that straight.”

The concern, however, is that the Chiefs have just seven games left in the regular season to correct an issue that is fundamental to the receiving position: catching the ball.

One of the most frustrating aspects of the offense’s performance against the Eagles is that Mahomes watched five of his passes, including two of his most impressive, fall incomplete because they were dropped. Ten games into the season, the Chiefs have a 7-3 record but also lead the league with 26 drops.

Trailing the Eagles by four points with less than two minutes left, Mahomes unleashed his best deep pass of the season, a gorgeous throw that traversed 46 yards in the air.