Looking toward CEH’s future
Though an injury prevented Edwards-Helaire from starting all 16 games, he still took the starting role 13 times during his rookie season last year. He had the same amount of rushes as Hunt’s 2018 regular season, 181, gaining 803 yards rushing along with 4 touchdowns. Despite being hampered by shaky offensive line play, Edwards-Helaire still tallied 4.4 yards per carry and 39 first downs. He also benefited from having the best quarterback in the league with 8.3 yards per reception. Not bad for a rookie trying to prove his mettle among the scariest offense in football.
It’s clear to see that running backs under Andy Reid thrive during their second year, a trend of which Clyde Edwards-Helaire will surely follow suit. Reid’s offensive playbook is known around the league as being notoriously difficult to adjust to for first-year players. Perhaps this is the reason that Reid’s impressive list of running backs under him seem to boom during their second year.
As the Chiefs look to start their season hot en route to another deep postseason run it should be everyone’s belief that Edwards-Helaire is set up to be a major contributor. Running backs under Andy Reid simply don’t have to worry about a sophomore slump.