Patrick Mahomes Explains ‘Outside’ Comment on QB West QB Opponent Justin Herbert

Patrick Maomos thought he would have heard from AFC West fans in California.

So the Chiefs’ bodyguards were having fun when a fan at a celebrity golf tournament this week told him, “Watch out for Justin Herbert next year.”

“I will see it when I believe it,” said Mahomes, a smile on his face as he walked along Lake Tahoe.

Twitter noticed.

“Yes, I think it started out of the box,” Mahomes told USA TODAY Sports by telephone Tuesday, speaking with Bose. “I was talking rubbish to all those Raiders and Broncos and Chargers fans out there. I have a lot of respect for him as a player.

Herbert earned that respect at 15 starting last season as a rookie for the Los Angeles Chargers. He completed 66.6% of his passes, throwing for 4,336 yards and 31 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Mahomes saw first hand what the potential striker Rookie of the Year could do when Herbert came out in the lead role in Week 2 against the Chiefs. Kansas City fell in the first three quarters before forcing overtime and eventually prevailed 23-20.

“To go out in the first year and play at that level is special,” Mahomes said. “Not many children can do that. And I know I’ll have a lot of tough games against him in the future. So, it was a joke that I think exploded on Twitter like most things we do. “

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Mahomes did not play in the teams’ second AFC West match, a game of the 17th week that Chargers won 29-18. Herbert completed 21 of 33 passes for 302 yards and three touchdowns in addition to scoring a quick touchdown as captains rested players before the season.

Next in the category competition: Chargers travel to Kansas City for a Week 3 match. The leaders will play at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium in December. Mahomes, which launched the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds on Tuesday, will turn off the noise for both weeks. Waiting for the challenge.

“I have a lot of respect for him,” Mahomes said of Herbert, “as a man and a player.”

Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein.

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