Mecole Hardman Signing Already Paying Dividends for Chiefs

Mecole Hardman had 57 receiving yards and the game-winning TD in the Super Bowl
Mecole Hardman had 57 receiving yards and the game-winning TD in the Super Bowl / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mecole Hardman's veteran presence is already making a big impact on the Chiefs even in just optional OTAs. He's the most experienced receiver and return man with the franchise and the Super Bowl hero was spotted coaching up rugby star Louis Rees-Zammit.

This is the first time Rees-Zammit has ever played American football, so he'll lean on the established veterans like Hardman to teach him the ropes. Andy Reid and the Chiefs have big expectations for Rees-Zammit and his ability to get off to a fast start could pay dividends.

It looks like Rees-Zammit could play a major role on special teams, so Hadman lending his expertise speaks to the kind of leader he is.

Mecole Hardman Seen Coaching Up Louis Rees-Zammit at OTAs

Re-signing Hardman has wide-ranging impacts on the Chiefs' 53-man roster. He addes a body to an already-crowded wide receiver room and his skillset on special teams could push someone like Rees-Zammit out.

In theory, they're direct competitors for a return job. That Hardman is still offering his wisdom to Rees-Zammit speaks volumes to his leadership. This team is focused on winning a third straight Super Bowl and moments like these perfectly illustrate that common goal.

I believe that Rees-Zammit will make the roster, thanks in large part to his potential versatility. He's been seen at running back, wide receiver, returner, and even kicker, a jack-of-all-trades type of weapon for Kansas City.

Mandatory minicamp is June 11-13 and will give us our first real look at the full roster together in a non-optional setting. If Rees-Zammit continues to work with the starters on special teams, his chances to make the team will skyrocket.

I'll be watching him closely this week. Even if he shines, Hardman's veteran leadership should secure him a spot on the 53-man roster as well. He's been around for all three Super Bowls with Patrick Mahomes and certainly deserves a chance at a fourth.

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