KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Working again Clyde Edwards-Helaire was removed from a bust as a rookie and first-round draft choose of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs final season. He completed fourth in speeding (803 yards) amongst rookie backs and was tied for third in catches (36). These numbers had been even higher contemplating he missed three video games with hip and ankle accidents.
However he did not have an amazing influence by way of massive performs. The Chiefs and Edwards-Helaire consider there will probably be extra for him on the market this season.
The most important leap for Edwards-Helaire might be as a receiver. The Chiefs misplaced their No. 2 huge receiver, Sammy Watkins, and did not substitute him from outdoors the staff, so that they’re in search of somebody to select up his catches.
Edwards-Helaire stated he spent the offseason engaged on his receiving.
“We transfer the ball round, we unfold the sector and why not work on one thing that I really feel like I can enhance on?” he stated. “In order that was considered one of my steps so far as enchancment.”
Coach Andy Reid stated, “We did not have an enormous expanded position for him within the cross sport, simply type of getting him within the swing of the defenses that the NFL performs after which all of the run performs that we have now and the routes that we did have that tie in with all people. However we tried to provide him just a little bit extra this offseason and he is dealt with it effectively.”
Edwards-Helaire had considered one of his finest receiving video games final 12 months towards the Dolphins in Week 14, when he had 5 catches for 59 yards. He was injured within the subsequent week’s sport, knocking him out of the lineup for the rest of the common season.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes stated it is no coincidence Edwards-Helaire had considered one of his finest receiving video games late within the season.
“On the finish of final 12 months you would see that transition taking place,” Mahomes stated. “These school working backs, after they come into the NFL it takes them a few video games to get used to how the sport is performed. You can see it proper earlier than the damage final 12 months of how he was evolving and I believe you see that as he got here into coaching camp this 12 months.”
Edwards-Helaire stated, “It is actually simply [about] being trusted. I used to be a rookie final 12 months. Week in and week out they see it at apply however when it is sport time all people type of will get into their very own rhythm. Pat type of acquired comfy. All the pieces was type of [fast] at the start of the season.
“This offseason was massive for me. I used to be engaged on my arms, engaged on routes as a result of I knew that was one thing that was going to be pinpointed [this season].”
Having the identical offense carry over from Yr 1 to Yr 2 will probably be a significant profit for Edwards-Helaire.
“In my three years at LSU, I had three totally different offenses,” Edwards-Helaire stated. “Simply having the time to have the identical offense going into the subsequent 12 months was very stress-free for me and I used to be capable of work on lots of issues that I wanted to work on.”
The Chiefs’ offseason offensive line rebuild — they are going to doubtless have 5 new starters from final season when the common season begins — was geared toward extra than simply higher defending Mahomes. The Chiefs additionally consider their line modifications will enhance the working sport.
Edwards-Helaire averaged 4.4 yards per carry final season, which is not unhealthy however nonetheless the bottom common for the again who led the Chiefs in speeding since 2016. Edwards-Helaire and the Chiefs additionally had issues working in short-yardage and goal-line conditions, however they transformed a third-and-2 working play with Edwards-Helaire on their first attempt within the preseason towards the 49ers.
“Quite a lot of [running game success] is predicated off the passing sport,” Edwards-Helaire stated. “That is what this offense is constructed off of. The instances that we do run the ball successfully, [the opposing defense] is anxious concerning the cross. Having Pat Mahomes on our aspect and Tyreek [Hill] and Mecole [Hardman] and Travis [Kelce], it solely advantages me as an working again.”