Reid has made rookie Patrick Mahomes the team's No. 2 quarterback in place of Tyler Bray, who no moves to No. 3 on the depth chart.
In his first game on Friday night against the 49ers the gunslinger went 7-for-9 for 49-yards, and a touchdown. "I thought he actually did very well ... and Patrick did a nice job, too".
Bray meanwhile completed 5 of 8 passes for 63 yards and interception for a quarterback rating of 47.4.
The good news is we likely won't see Mahomes' plays getting called back with as many penalties and offensive line mistakes.
Mahomes threw for 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns during a three-year career at Texas Tech.
"It's being able to get in and function in the huddle, still seeing the defenses and the reads, knowing the calls that he needs to make to get (out) of trouble in both the run and pass games", Reid said of why he promoted Mahomes.
Reid said Mahomes has also made progress when it comes to spitting out the Chiefs' lengthy playcalls.
"It's a fun thing to have Alex and his confidence and him being just about the oldest guy in the room", Kelce said. "We've got a few words we've got on these routes and he handles that pretty well. We saw that even when we brought him in for the pre-draft test". Mahomes offers more upside, and it's become clear Kansas City cannot move to the next level as a championship contender with the adequate but not outstanding Smith playing quarterback.
None of those players, along with S Eric Berry, played in the preseason opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers, though Berry did not practice on Sunday. It gives (Mahomes) an opportunity to step up and work with that second group and see what he can do there. This means Pat Mahomes will enter the game earlier on Saturday night against the Bengals. Reid said there's no guarantee all four will play in the remaining preseason games. "I would tell you yes, but it's not something (Tyler) didn't do". While I am on quarterbacks, Alex (Smith) like I mentioned yesterday, did a nice job.
When asked directly if this situation was similar to his past backup flips, Reid cautioned against comparing the two situations.