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Former NFL player uses film study to show how man coverage affects Patrick Mahomes

The drop in Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ statistics over the last three games has been easy to see.

In the Chiefs’ first three contests, Mahomes completed 71.9% of his passes for 1,195 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.

Over the past three games, Mahomes has completed 56.3% of his passes for 909 yards, four touchdowns and one interception.

There has been talk lately about how teams are using more man-to-man defenses, and Nate Burleson of “Good Morning Football” on the NFL Network showed Thursday what Mahomes has been facing recently.

“Here’s the thing, the production level, it’s dropped a little bit and over that time span, the last three weeks, he’s a little bit above average,” said Burleson, the former NFL wide receiver. “This isn’t the same Pat Mahomes we saw that gave us 50 touchdowns (last year).

“Is it all about that ankle? Have defenses figured him out? Is he regressing a little bit? Is it the Chiefs and the other injuries catching up to this squad?”

Burleson then used film to explain what opposing defenses have been doing the past few weeks.

From covering the World Series to the World Cup, Pete has done a little bit of everything since joining The Star in 1997. He writes about baseball and has a quirky blog that augments The Star’s coverage of area teams.
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