Patrick Mahomes told Mecole Hardman: “Speed it up”

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Chiefs rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman is plenty fast, but Patrick Mahomes wants him playing even faster.

Mahomes said that during Sunday’s win over the Raiders, he and Hardman misconnected when Hardman looked too concerned about faking out a defensive back on his route. Mahomes told Hardman just to run his route as fast as he could, and that would take care of things.

“I think it was just him finding the speed of the game,” Mahomes said, via the Kansas City Star. “He’s still a young guy, and it’s just his second game in the league. He realized that he has to be fast with his cuts. He kinda tried to sell it a little bit more with a nod, and he was open, but it was late, and the pressure was there. So I just told him, you have to speed it up. You have to play with that speed; use your speed. You saw him the rest of the game — he sped it up and made big plays for us.”

After that, Hardman used his speed to catch a 42-yard touchdown pass. Those are the kinds of plays that made the Chiefs draft Hardman with their first pick in this year’s draft. Mahomes wants Hardman to keep it up.

47 responses to “Patrick Mahomes told Mecole Hardman: “Speed it up”

  1. If he does not run fast enough, Mahomes may have to throw it with his left hand to slow things down.

  2. The speed at which this offense plays cost them in the playoffs last year. They should be concerned with running a situational offense that is more methodical. Especially with a crap bag defense. They left too much time for NE in both matchups past year.

  3. Had a 74yd TD also but Shady got caught holding. Otherwise Mahomes is at about 520 yards. The Chiefs are going to play a game this season where they have to keep scoring and Mahomes is going to break Van Brocklin’s record of 554 yards passing in a game.

  4. Hardman now plays in a passing league and Pat is Coaching him up. World Class speed and massive arm talent eventually prevails. Ha! And when Tareek returns the Chiefs will have two players in this category on the field simultaneously.

  5. 24 year old says about a 22 year old… “he’s a young guy”.

    Too funny. Pat is in his 2nd game, of his second season as a starter, and he sounds like a 15 year vet.

  6. Cute but Mahomes doesn’t play on D. Unless you’re just gonna wait for Brady to quit you’re gonna need Jalen Ramsey if you want a shot at a SB before having to mega-payday your QB.

  7. i know to the casual fan that Brady might appear to be the GOAT. However the serious NFL fan, with a keen eye and a propensity for watching film knows that Mahomes is already better than Brady has even been. GOAT.

  8. Many have suggested that last year was the ceiling for Mahomes, but that he’ll still have a great career – just not the kind of numbers as last year. But what if last year was the floor? As a Patriot fan, that’s a scary thought.

  9. It seems Mahomes is playing a different game than anyone else in the league. This guy seems special, most of all it is really fun to watch him. And I think we all need to be cautious, he has only played 19 games.

  10. Mahomes is already better than Brady has even been.
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    time will tell – needs 7 rings and so far head to head, the GOAT has outplayed him even as an old man. today’s lesson is that he has a long, long, long way to go.

  11. Cute but Mahomes doesn’t play on D. Unless you’re just gonna wait for Brady to quit you’re gonna need Jalen Ramsey if you want a shot at a SB before having to mega-payday your QB.

    I can sense the fear and insecurity from your comment. Fanboy its going to come sooner than you want so start growing up to accept the change to a losing team with the Lance Armstrong of the NFL.

    Mahomes is the real deal and with a supporting cast they will beat the Cheats sooner than later.

  12. I get it now. Every Mahomes article gets hi-jacked by Tom Brady fans snubbing their nose at Patrick. You guys need a rival. Trolling your own division is a bore so you have to go and talk down to the biggest threat to make you feel better. Get ready, your time is coming. As the Season goes on and the more Tom gets hit. The game will start to pass him by.

  13. I’ll be interested to see Mahomes against a pretty good Ravens D that likes to attack the QB.

    I think we may see him coming back to earth a bit this week. KC is at home so I think the Chiefs win a close one, but I don’t think Mahomes will have a amazing day.

  14. So this guy thinks Mahomes will have a tough time with the Ravens defense that couldn’t even give Kyler Murray a tough time in their own home opener?

    This game is going to be a shoot-out. And while very weird to say that about a Ravens game… it is a breath of fresh air and pretty fun to watch!

  15. i know to the casual fan that Brady might appear to be the GOAT. However the serious NFL fan, with a keen eye and a propensity for watching film knows that Mahomes is already better than Brady has even been. GOAT.

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    I love Mahomes.

    But let’s give it a few years before we can say he is the goat, shall we?

  16. buckstalion12965 says:
    September 18, 2019 at 5:37 am
    Just think…9 players were drafted ahead of Mahomes.

    I thought Reid was nuts at the time.
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    Reid did not draft Mahomes, John Dorsey the GM did. The same guy who chose Baker Mayfield #1 over Darnold and every one else.

  17. Get ready, your time is coming. As the Season goes on and the more Tom gets hit. The game will start to pass him by.

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    Some day you will be right.

    Until then, enjoy it.

    We will never see this again.

  18. “Seriously kid I can out throw you” Mercole “No one ever has before” Mahomey “I can go faster”

  19. puckskin says:
    September 18, 2019 at 5:39 am
    The speed at which this offense plays cost them in the playoffs last year. They should be concerned with running a situational offense that is more methodical. Especially with a crap bag defense. They left too much time for NE in both matchups past year.

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    This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Ball control on offense is a myth. The idea is to score. And they did… a lot. Couple dumb mistakes on defense (not because they were tired) & cost the Chiefs the AFCC game.

  20. Lot of respect for this guy, even though he is the QB of the Patriots biggest NFL rival (for sure, AFC) he goes about his business on and off the field in such a mature way.

    When I read about how his offence plays, it brings me right back to the Pats in 2007, and the ridiculous way they piled up points and yards – I also remember that the pressure of having such quick offensive possessions eventually took its toll on the defence (on the occasions they weren’t scoring 35 a game).

    This KC team will likely go as far as it’s defence lets it, they don’t seem much better than last year – and the defence of their biggest rivals has most definitely improved!

    Exciting times.

  21. Just think…9 players were drafted ahead of Mahomes.

    I thought Reid was nuts at the time.

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    I don’t know about nuts, but I remember that moment. I actually got up to go to the bathroom and then just after leaving the room heard a trade and that KC made their selection.

    Was kinda like uh WTF why when Alex is playing well and has years left..

  22. I know it’s only two games in, but this dude is on pace for 6,700 yards. That would break Manning’s record by more than 1,200 yards. He’s ridiculously fun to watch.

  23. I’m not sure what’s supposed to be impressive about this. Every QB tells his receivers how they want routes ran from time to time. Mahomes is just the new Flavor of the month for the media. Building him up right now

  24. thecape15 says:
    September 18, 2019 at 9:24 am
    Get ready, your time is coming. As the Season goes on and the more Tom gets hit. The game will start to pass him by.
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    Some day you will be right. Until then, enjoy it. We will never see this again.
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    My prediction would be that as Mahomes nears the end of his career the debate between the two for GOAT will be Brady/rings/talent versus Mahomes/records/talent. I wouldn’t say we’ll never see a TB12 again because we already are seeing something on track to be better, but we may never see a TB12/Belichick/NE team again. It’ll be hard for the Chiefs to top that combo even with Mahomes and Reid.

  25. trophylessvikings says:

    Reid did not draft Mahomes, John Dorsey the GM did. The same guy who chose Baker Mayfield #1 over Darnold and every one else.
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    Partially incorrect. While J. Dorsey was the GM and ultimately made the call. He wasn’t the one who wanted Patrick. In fact, this is One reason Dorsey was let go and Brett Veach replaced him. Everyone at Arrowhead including Andy Reid credits Veach with the drafting of Mahomes.

    I am not impressed with Mayfield. He looks to be average at best.

  26. A&J Grant says:
    September 18, 2019 at 10:48 am

    My prediction would be that as Mahomes nears the end of his career the debate between the two for GOAT will be Brady/rings/talent versus Mahomes/records/talent. I wouldn’t say we’ll never see a TB12 again because we already are seeing something on track to be better, but we may never see a TB12/Belichick/NE team again. It’ll be hard for the Chiefs to top that combo even with Mahomes and Reid.

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    Your prediction after 1 full season????? LMAO!!

    Things change as years go by and Defenses adjust to what QBs do!
    If you think Mahomes is going to do this for 20 years…. or even 10 straight you need to take a look at QBs in NFL history. So many the Start like Mahomes until their offensive line stinks or the offensive talent just goes away or defenses just figure him out. This is the same thing everybody was saying about Russel Wilson a few years ago and Can Newton before him and Michael Vick before him..ETC..ETC.. Great thing about predictions is when they don’t come through for you, you can make believe you never said them.

  27. phinatic29 says:9-18-2019, 8:26am
    “…the serious NFL fan, with a keen eye and a propensity for watching film knows that Mahomes is already better than Brady has ever been.”

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    What does “serious NFL fan” even mean? Mahomes is great but to appreciate Brady’s greatness is not so serious?

  28. Mahomes and other QBs are athletic freaks compared to Brady. In that sense Mahomes is already better than Brady. Mahomes is something special, that much is obvious. He makes it look getting TDs is effortless. If Brady will have an “ heir”, I’ll pick him. But I worry about him getting beat. He already walked limping two times after getting smothered. But he’s still learning and adjusting. He still has lots of room for improvement and that is scary.

  29. streetyson says:
    September 18, 2019 at 8:20 am
    Cute but Mahomes doesn’t play on D. Unless you’re just gonna wait for Brady to quit you’re gonna need Jalen Ramsey if you want a shot at a SB before having to mega-payday your QB.

    18 63 Rate This

    Geez – I get the Brady love but there is no way that any coach or GM in the league takes Brady over Mahomes, if offered today, and that includes the Pat’s. You give way to much credit to dink and dunk Brady and not enough to your coach for all of those wins. What BB would do with Mahomes would break the NFL.

  30. Scalesofjustice says: “If you think Mahomes is going to do this for 20 years…. or even 10 straight you need to take a look at QBs in NFL history.”

    Name one who has done what Mahomes has.

  31. Scalesofjustice says: “This is the same thing everybody was saying about Russel Wilson a few years ago and Can Newton before him and Michael Vick before him..ETC..ETC.. ”

    Each of these QB’s continued to play at the level they established when they attained the hype. I would use these QB’s to defend my belief that minus an injury; Mahomes is on a path to be compared to Brady in ten years.

  32. ibillwt says:
    September 18, 2019 at 9:02 am
    Mahomes is already better than Brady has even been.
    ——————-
    time will tell – needs 7 rings and so far head to head, the GOAT has outplayed him even as an old man. today’s lesson is that he has a long, long, long way to go.
    ———–
    Swap 2018 defenses with Mahomes having the Pats defense and Brady with the Chiefs defense.

    Does anyone really think that Mahomes would have lost that AFC Championship Game? Mahomes with the Pats defense might be so scary that they win 38 straight or more.

  33. Die hard Lions fan here, I flipping LOVE Mahomes. The kid has so much talent, and doesn’t seem like a jerk. He’s a blast to watch and him and I hope him and Watson end up going head to head in the playoffs for years.

    Really the only hing negative about him is he did that stupid State Farm commercial with cry baby Aaron Rodgers.

  34. It’s easy to just project numbers throughout the career. But it’s dumb to do so this early, who knows what kind of pace and averages he has. Also even if he plays lights out for a while, he can get hurt, team changes, numbers can change later on.

    Also it’s easy to have a few great statistical seasons, but we can’t say he will be the all time QB stat leader because his biggest challenge will be keeping it up for 15-20 years.

  35. Let me get this straight, Chicago drafted Trabisky? 1st over Mahomes and he lasted until the 10th pick? Truthfully speaking, Sean Payton was intent on drafting him to the Saints, but they had the 11th pick. Of course Andy Reid traded up to 10 and the rest is history. It’s ok. The Saints needed defense more anyway. They got Marshon Lattimore instead.

  36. raideralex99 says:
    September 18, 2019 at 2:28 pm
    No question Mahomes is a great QB right now but he needs to learn how to win.

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    He’s 15-4 as a starter. I think he’s learned how to win.

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