Pats await ris­ing star Ma­homes

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - NFL -

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Pa­trick Ma­homes was barely 5 years old when Tom Brady com­pleted his first NFL pass in 2000.

Now Ma­homes, whose un­de­feated Kansas City Chiefs play at New Eng­land on Sun­day night, is the talk of the NFL in just his sec­ond sea­son.

“That’s the fu­ture of the league, so it’s al­ways great to see young play­ers come in and learn from the guys in the past,” the 41-year-old Brady said Fri­day. “Just like I did when I was young. I had a lot of guys that I looked up to, got to play against Brett Favre and some other re­ally great play­ers.”

Ma­homes has thrown 14 touch­down passes and just two in­ter­cep­tions to go with a quar­ter­back rat­ing of 112.7. His team is sec­ond in the league with 35 points a game.

Speak­ing on a con­fer­ence call this week, Ma­homes said he watched Brady a lot in col­lege at Texas Tech.

“My coach in col­lege was Kliff Kings­bury, and he ac­tu­ally was a backup for Brady at one point,” he said. “And so he showed me things that he liked with Tom and his pocket move­ments and stuff he did within the pocket that I’ve tried to put in my game a lit­tle bit.

“He’s some­one that’s had a ton of suc­cess in this league and is some­one that you do take stuff from.”

Brady has seen all this be­fore from other young quar­ter­backs — Ma­homes be­ing the lat­est af­ter De­shaun Wat­son last sea­son.

“I think quar­ter­backs al­ways pay at­ten­tion to other quar­ter­backs,” Brady said. “You’re just watch­ing the way they’re mov­ing the ball. There’s a lot of dif­fer­ent ways to lead your team and move the ball down the field and score points.”

Char­lie Riedel / As­so­ci­ated Press

Chiefs quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes, right, cel­e­brates a touch­down dur­ing Sun­day’s game against the Jaguars.

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