Tex­ans-chiefs high­lighted by Wat­son-ma­homes duel

The Saline Courier Weekend - - SPORTS - By Dave Skretta As­so­ci­ated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The re­la­tion­ship be­tween Chiefs quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes and Tex­ans coun­ter­part Deshaun Wat­son goes back well be­yond the 2017 draft, when along with Mitchell Tru­bisky they were con­sid­ered among the best prospects at their po­si­tion.

It goes back to their col­lege days, when Ma­homes was or­ches­trat­ing the “Air Raid” of­fense at Texas Tech and Wat­son was try­ing to nav­i­gate Clem­son to a na­tional cham­pi­onship.

“I think we were go­ing into our ju­nior year,” Ma­homes re­called, “and we went to a QB camp out in Cal­i­for­nia. I talked to him, back and forth, about how he did his stuff at Clem­son, how I did my stuff at Texas Tech. He’s a great player. We kind of hit it off.”

They stayed in touch dur­ing the draft process, too.

“We took a lot of the same vis­its,” Ma­homes said, “and we went to the same places, and we would talk to each other about what we went through. But we didn’t nec­es­sar­ily knew where we would go.”

No­body did.

Tru­bisky wound up go­ing sec­ond over­all to Chicago. And when no­body grabbed a quar­ter­back in the next eight picks, the Chiefs traded up to No. 10 and chose Ma­homes over Wat­son as the heir ap­par­ent to Alex Smith. Wat­son wound up go­ing two picks later to the Tex­ans.

All three quar­ter­backs have flour­ished to some ex­tent. On Sun­day, two of them will get to square off when Ma­homes leads the Chiefs (4-1) against Wat­son and the Tex­ans (3-2) at Ar­row­head Sta­dium.

“He’s been do­ing a heck of a job putting the Chiefs in con­tention each and ev­ery game, and putting up a lot of great num­bers,” Wat­son said, “be­cause that’s what he’s been do­ing his whole ca­reer, and just be­ing that leader — he’s do­ing a heck of a job for

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