Here are four good bets to break out for the Chiefs in 2020.
Everybody has guys they think are going to break out. We typically only remember the ones we get right and forget about the ones we get wrong. Well, I am writing these down, so you can either remember how right I was or how wrong I was and rip on me. (Send your breakout players and hate mail to @HomestretchKC on Twitter).
Last year, I did these on-air on ESPN Kansas City and chose Charvarius Ward (nailed it) and Anthony Hitchens to have a huge bounce-back season (didn’t nail it). This year I am deciding to highlight four players: two offensive and two defensive. Let me know what you think.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. I don’t know if I have seen anybody who doesn’t think Edwards-Helaire is going to be an absolute stud this season. His abilities mesh extremely well in this offense and,a as we all know, Andy Reid thrives with almost any running back. While I fully expected Damien Williams and Helaire to split touches to start the season, with Williams now sitting out this year, CEH will be an even bigger focal point.
One of the more underrated storylines is the fact Edwards-Helaire doesn’t need to be “the guy” or the main focus of the offense to be successful. Unlike some guys who need a lot of touches to get going (Derrick Henry comes to mind), Edwards-Helaire has been in a system at LSU where already shared touches with the likes of Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, and Thaddeus Moss. Trusting Andy Reid and Mahomes seems like an easy task, but players can love statistics and knowing that CEH is a team player makes this an even better move.
While I will say I am never a fan of using a first-round pick on a running back, it is undeniable that Edwards-Helaire will put up big numbers in this offense. Seeing what he can do in a pass catching role will be extremely exciting. If he learns the offense quick and understands pass protections early on, I fully expect to see him take the lion’s share of the workload sooner rather than later.
Edwards-Helaire may not get enough touches early in the season to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, but expect some huge games later in the season. Not only does he have the potential to be an every down back, he has the highest floor of anyone on this breakout list.