There’s a new running back for Chiefs Kingdom to fall in love with.
Undrafted rookie Deneric Prince has been one of the Chiefs’ most impressive players throughout training camp and it appears his roster spot is solidified. The former Tulsa running back provides depth at running back, can contribute as a pass-catcher, and is the odds-on favorite to return kicks as well.
Arrowhead Pride’s Pete Sweeney has been one of Prince’s most vocal supporters throughout training camp and he doubled down on his tweet on 610 Sports Radio last night.
Appearing on After Hours with Dusty Likens, Sweeney commented that Prince had been Kansas City’s most impressive pass-catcher at any position. He envisioned Prince carving out a role similar to Jerick McKinnon’s while serving as the lead kick-returner as well.
That would seem to make Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s skillset redundant, and his time with the Chiefs may have an expiration date.
Deneric Prince’s Fit with the Chiefs
Prince has many fans in the organization. Special teams coordinator Dave Toub called him a “special talent” and he’s even taken some first-team reps in camp.
Sitting at 6’0″, 216 lbs with blazing speed and soft hands, Prince is a natural fit for Kansas City’s offense. He had 1,728 career rushing yards and 14 TDs at Tulsa. While he wasn’t utilized in the passing game much in college, that seems to be his calling card at the professional level.
The biggest question is whether his pass protection will be at an adequate level, but it seems that Brett Veach has found another gem.
Between Isiah Pacheco, McKinnon, Prince, and even Edwards-Helaire, a position many thought was a weakness is quickly turning into a strength for Kansas City. The Chiefs suddenly have a stable of backs they can rotate to keep fresh, taking pressure off of Mahomes. Behind one of the league’s best offensive lines, there’s a lot of potential for this group.
It remains to be seen whether Prince will in fact make the 53-man roster, but all signs are positive for a player quickly becoming a fan favorite.