Bold Predictions for KC Chiefs – Number 1: Edwards-Helaire racks up 2,000 scrimmage yards as a rookie
This is probably the boldest of these bold predictions and I will be the first to tell you that I was ticked when the Chiefs took Edwards-Helaire at 32 (he was my favorite running back in the draft I just thought they could’ve traded back if they were going to take him). However, that being said he is the perfect running back for this offense.
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The dude can run and that will (probably?) be his primary job, but his biggest strength is his receiving abilities and after the catch skills. With how much the Chiefs pass and specifically how often Andy Reid likes to dial up his running backs in the passing game, Edwards-Helaire could be pushing 1,000 yards through the air.
When predicting Edwards-Helaire’s stats, I like to look at Kareem Hunt‘s rookie stats. First, looking at his receiving yards total (455), I fully expect Edwards-Helaire to have every opportunity to double Hunt’s receiving total and potentially even farther surpass that.
Hunt was a good receiving back, but Edwards-Helaire is far more advanced in this facet of the game especially coming into their rookie seasons. Now, where Hunt was better than Edwards-Helaire is in the running game.
I don’t expect Edwards-Helaire to surpass Hunt’s 1,327 rookie rushing yards next season, but I do think he is good enough to get somewhere in the area of 1,000 rushing yards.
This will all depend on how the running back competition shakes out in the offseason because let’s not discount how good Damien Williams has been at times in Kansas City. If Edwards-Helaire is able to win out anywhere close to the lion’s share of Kansas City’s running back snaps, he will definitely have a shot at 2,000 scrimmage yards.
And another side note here, since I am predicting 2,000 scrimmage yards, there’s no way he reaches that and isn’t Offensive Rookie of the Year, so be on the lookout for a potential rookie of the year in KC next season.
What do you think of my bold predictions, Chiefs fans? Extremely bold or not bold enough?