Chiefs fans, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and East Texans will all be getting their first regular-season glimpse of rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes this Sunday.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced today that the East Texas native -- and the 10th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft — will be the team's starter for the team’s regular-season finale against the Denver Broncos.

The Chiefs have already clinched a playoff berth and the AFC’s fourth seed, and will opt to rest starter Alex Smith.

According to, the decision means the Whitehouse, TX alum will get the first-string reps in practice this week while the Chiefs’ starter, Alex Smith, works on the scout team.

“Fortunately we have a quarterback who understands it,” Reid said of Smith, who has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards, 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. “He’s having an MVP-caliber year.”

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