QB Smith feels heat

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NFL -

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Alex Smith has done ev­ery­thing in train­ing camp that Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid ex­pects of him.

He’s made the tight throws and smart reads. He’s thrown the ball away when things break down and avoided the big mis­takes. He’s changed plays when it’s wise and checked down when it’s pru­dent.

In short, Smith has been the con­sum­mate veteran quar­ter­back.

But it hasn’t stopped him from

feel­ing some heat.

As the 33-year-old in­cum­bent has toiled away un­der a hot Mis­souri sun, Patrick Ma­homes II has daz­zled coaches and fans alike with nat­u­ral moxie and a big arm. Smith’s heir ap­par­ent is not ex­pected to un­seat him this sea­son, even af­ter the Chiefs traded up to select him 10th over­all, but that hasn’t stopped peo­ple from rav­ing about the young gun­slinger — and ask­ing, “What if?”

What if Smith gets banged up? What if he strug­gles early in the year?

“When you’re draft­ing a guy that early, you’re hop­ing he’s bring­ing that qual­ity. That is an un­writ­ten and un­said and untalked-about deal,” Smith said. “When the quar­ter­back is re­ally good, then it’s re­ally com­pet­i­tive and we do com­pete in ev­ery­thing. We do all the time. We keep score in ev­ery­thing. The bet­ter every­one is, then I think that’s go­ing to make every­one bet­ter, my­self in­cluded.”

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