Patrick Mahomes: We have to know where Vita Vea is on every play

NFL: OCT 08 Buccaneers at Bears
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Vita Vea didn’t play when the Chiefs beat the Buccaneers back in November.

At that point, he was about seven weeks removed from fracturing his ankle in Tampa Bay’s Week 5 loss to Chicago.

But the young defensive tackle is back, having come off injured reserve to suit up for the NFC Championship Game. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows Vea’s presence will make a difference.

“He’s a guy that you’ve got to know where he’s at every single play,” Mahomes said Wednesday. “He obviously is super disruptive in the run game, but he’s just as good as a pass rusher. You don’t see guys like that — playing that position, that can rush the passer like that — that much. For him, he’s a special talent and I’ll have to know where ehe’s at every single play in order to not let him disrupt the entire game.”

Vea played 46 percent of the defensive snaps two weeks ago when the Bucs beat the Packers to advance to Super Bowl LV. With more time for the ankle to heal between games, Vea could command more attention from Kansas City’s offensive line.

7 responses to “Patrick Mahomes: We have to know where Vita Vea is on every play

  1. Interior guys don’t get much hype unless they have a lot of sacks, but Mahomes is right on about this big cat. Nit many humans that size with that kind of movement, and a motor.

  2. I expect an upset in this game. Reminds me of the 2007 Patriots/Giants SB. This Tampa front 7 is playing exceptionally well, and having Fisher out is a huge loss.

  3. This game feels like a pick ‘em. There will be scoring. Both teams will put up 30+ points.

  4. Tampa: Outstanding rush from front four without blitzing, allowing double coverage on Hill and a safety on Kelce. KC: ProBowl LT gone, position switches, already the weakest unit of entire team; QB outstanding against pressure but with significant foot injury.
    KC: ZERO pass rush without blitzing, vulnerable to the run. Tampa: Scheme and talent designed for max protect, best QB in history against the blitz, outstanding running game.
    I’m betting big on the Bucs and the old man.

  5. I expect Mahomes to rack up some yards running the ball if they sell out on the blitz. I think the difference in the game will be if KC’s defense can contain Brady–something the Packers were totally unable to do.

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