Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes breaking preseason tradition, will play first quarter of opener

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Patrick Mahomes will see playing time during the Chiefs’ preseason opener against the Bengals on Saturday.

Coach Andy Reid told media members that his plan is to have Mahomes play the entire first quarter, followed by backup quarterbacks Chad Henne, rookie Kyle Shurmur and Chase Litton.

The move is a bit unusual, given coaches generally prefer to sit their starting quarterback for preseason games to avoid risking injury. Reid, however, has been known to play his starting quarterbacks.

He started Donovan McNabb for a series or two when he was with the Eagles and only took McNabb out only if the offense scored a touchdown on the first series.

Henne is slated to play the second quarter, while Litton will play in the third and undrafted rookie Shurmur will play the fourth quarter, according to CBS Sports.

Generally speaking, action is very limited for a starting quarterback who plays in the fourth quarter. In the 2018 preseason, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw just 44 passes, while Saints signal caller Drew Brees played in just one preseason game.

Mahomes, 23, threw for 50 touchdowns and 5,097 yards in his first season as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in 2018, leading the team to the AFC Championship.