Clyde Edwards-Helaire is one of the biggest winners from the KC Chiefs’ training camp.
Well, after Williams decided to opt out of the season, Edwards-Helaire was now the surefire starter. He might have been able to work his way into that spot even if Williams hadn’t opted out, as the Chiefs first round pick has had a tremendous camp so far.
Peter King of NBC Sports attended Chiefs camp and was impressed by what he saw with Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He noted that he could see the team using Edwards-Helaire the same way the Chiefs used Kareem Hunt when he was a rookie in 2017.
King also mentioned that Edwards-Helaire could very much contend for the Offensive Rookie of the Year title, which wouldn’t be shocking at all. If he can bring the kind of production he had at LSU in their National Championship winning season, then that feat seems all too easy for the former first rounder.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has shown glimpses of what he’ll be able to do this season and Kansas City Chiefs fans should be excited.
If there was a true weakness on the Chiefs’ Super Bowl winning offense last year, it was at the running back spot. Williams wasn’t bad, but he struggled to stay healthy and at times, wasn’t reliable enough even when he was on the field.
That being said, Williams turned things around during the course of the playoffs and had a strong case to win the Super Bowl MVP title that ended up going to Patrick Mahomes.
Clearly the Chiefs saw their need to add a running back over the offseason and did so with their first round pick, which they used on Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Taking a running back in the first round is risky, but for the Chiefs, it made sense. It was a position they needed to upgrade at in order to run it back in 2020.
With Williams’ decision to opt out, the Chiefs had a solid situation moving forward with Edwards-Helaire taking over instead. This is something that likely would have happened anyway, but now Chiefs fans will get to see what their first round rookie can provide as early as week one.
It’s going to be fun watching this kid run roughshod over opponents in 2020.