Following the Rookies: AFC West Kansas City Chiefs
Updated: Nov 7, 2020
Coming off of a Super Bowl victory against the San Francisco 49ers the Chiefs future was looking bright with Patrick Mahomes leading the way with his plethora of weapons including Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, Sammy Watkins, and Damien Williams. Instead of going on the defensive side of the ball the Chiefs decided to draft Clyde-Edwards Helaire (CEH) out of LSU. The biggest thing to look at with this pick was the fit. CEH came out of a spread offense at LSU that relied on a lot of Run-Pass options and relied on his as a pass catcher out of the backfield and that is exactly what the Chiefs expect of their running backs. So far he has been exactly what the Chiefs had hoped.
At 5'8, 207, CEH is not the biggest or fastest of backs but he is a very tough runner who can make defenders miss in the open field. So far this year he has played in all 7 games, started all 7 games, and taken 115 rushes for 551 yards and 2 touchdowns. A very good 4.8 yards per attempt has shown that the chiefs no longer need to strictly rely on Patrick Mahomes arm and that defenses need to worry about this Chiefs run game. He has also been a threat in the pass game taking 22 receptions on 35 targets for 194 yards with a very healthy 8.8 yards per reception. CEH has allowed coach Andy Reid to change his game plan according to the defense ahead of them that week. When looking at week 1 CEH ran the ball 25 times in a game script where the Chiefs were leading for the majority of the game. This happened again in week 6 against Buffalo. In my opinion CEH just makes this offense unstoppable because he is everything Andy Reid looks for in a running back. He can handle a workload of 20+ carries a game, is a very tough runner who isn't afraid of contact, is a very reliable receiving threat out of the backfield, and can make defenders miss in the open field. The addition of Le'Veon Bell to this backfield isn't a knock on CEH as a player or showing a lack of confidence in him but it is more so just the Chiefs trying to get as many weapons on this team in the hopes of going for another Super Bowl. I do believe that CEH overall touches will decrease, especially in the passing game but I do believe that his efficiency will at minimum, stay the same with the best case scenario of his efficiency increasing due to defenses having to worry about yet another elite threat on this offense in Bell. The Chiefs have their future back to add to Mahomes bright future, the Chiefs and CEH should remain relevant
as a Super Bowl contender for a long time.