Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes is one of the most prolific passers in the NFL. Although his passing yards dropped considerably this season, Mahomes is still known more for his throwing ability, more so than for his running prowess.

But when Mahomes does use his legs, he is normally very effective at picking up the necessary yardage at key moments in games. This past regular season, Mahomes rushed for a career-high 389 yards. He threw for 4,183 yards over 16 games this season.

During a media session in Las Vegas ahead of the Super Bowl, Mahomes revealed his “secret” to rushing success. The signal caller pointed to his opponents’ tendency to underrate him due to his running style.

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Mahomes suggested that there is a perception he is a slow runner because of the way he looks when he scrambles from the pocket during games.

“I think I’ve gotten better, (using) the right form, and faster, as I’ve been in the NFL,” the two-time league MVP told reporters. 

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Mahomes admitted that his running style can appear somewhat unorthodox, which he believes ultimately gives him an advantage.

“But it doesn’t look the prettiest, so I think people think I’m slow. I think it’s kinda deceptive. Sometimes I think the defense takes bad angles because they think they’re gonna catch me faster than they do. So maybe that’s the secret to my speed is that I run not the way everybody else runs.”

Many great quarterbacks have smartly identified the best times to pick up a first down or a touchdown. Mahomes has seemed to develop a knack for picking and choosing his spots when it comes to running. 

While he will likely never live in the class of elite dual threat quarterback such as Ravens star Lamar Jackson, Mahomes’ ability to use his legs at times helps to keep defenses off balance.

Mahomes and the Chiefs will look to win a second consecutive championship when they take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Niners, meanwhile, will try to win the sixth Vince Lombardi trophy in franchise history.

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