Clyde Edwards-Helaire was drafted for this moment.
When the Chiefs first submitted a draft card with Edwards-Helaire’s name on it in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, they did so with the primary idea of adding a well-rounded weapon out of the backfield to go with their trio of elite pass catchers—Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce—in order to space the field and prevent defenses from coming up with an answer to so many options for Patrick Mahomes.
Unfortunately for Edwards-Helaire, late-season injuries have kept him from carving out a name for himself in big games this postseason. Instead, Darrel Williams has become the hero this postseason for his solid production when given a chance. He’s followed in the footsteps of Damien Williams, who came up huge for the Chiefs over the last two postseason runs. However, Edwards-Helaire has a nice shot to redeem himself with the Super Bowl still ahead.
Of course, Edwards-Helaire is likely going to have several more chances to show what he can do in future postseason games with the Chiefs, given how competitive they look for the foreseeable future. However, it’d be nice to see the Chiefs’ lead back showcase the skills that led to his draft selection when the lights are the brightest against the Bucs. If his hip and ankle injuries have finally been overcome with this two-week break between games, the Chiefs offense will be that much more difficult to slow for Todd Bowles.