Chiefs hoping Patrick Mahomes passes first test vs. 49ers

Chiefs hoping Patrick Mahomes passes first test vs. 49ers

The Kansas City Chiefs on their opening drive scored a touchdown.

With Cairo Santos still dealing with a groin injury, Kansas City is preparing for their season opener against the San Francisco 49ers by bringing a new kicker to the team. They finished with 17 penalties for 131 yards.

In his National Football League head-coaching debut, Kyle Shanahan watched as Alex Smith and the Chiefs marched 75 yards for a touchdown on their opening drive, largely at the expense of Rashard Robinson, whom the 49ers are counting on to be their top cornerback this season.

A few plays later, Mahomes finally got in the end zone by finding rookie receiver Marcus Kemp.

CHIEFS 17, 49ers 17: C.J. Beathard delivered a 47-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne. Boom. First preseason touchdown as a Chief.

For the Kansas City Chiefs, there is no quarterback controversy for the team's starting position. Mahomes was awarded the third quarter as he was listed as the third-string quarterback on the team's initial depth chart.

Quarterback Tyler Bray is now listed as the backup to starter Alex Smith, but a lot of the attention falls on the third name on the chart - rookie Patrick Mahomes.

But while it may be a while before we see Mahomes on the field in a game that matters, he's turning heads on the practice field and will be perhaps the most important player to watch when the Chiefs open the preseason on Friday night against the 49ers.

"They've put in a lot of work, Tyler in particular", Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said, "and he's done a really good job at mentally getting into it". Over the last three weeks, he has often been at his best on the move, trying to make a play.

The first scoring toss came with 13:42 left in the fourth quarter.

While the attention is on Mahomes, the preseason isn't too much of an indicator of a quarterback's future. Brian Hoyer completed just 1-of-4 throws while the starters failed to get a first down in two series.