The K.C. Chiefs are who we thought they were

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Aug 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) stands on the sideline during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) stands on the sideline during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

Wide Receiver

After the Chiefs failed to land any of the free agent wideouts they were interested in, the company line became that Mecole Hardman would replace Sammy Watkins as the Chiefs number two wide receiver. They also went out of their way to give him lots of looks in camp and the preseason. Then the first game came and went and Hardman had 3 receptions for 19 yards and looked like the exact same guy he has always been.

I have no doubt that Hardman will make a huge play at some point in the near future, because he’s done that before. That’s what he is. He’s an inconsistent role player that makes an occasional big play because of his elite speed. The Chiefs still need a reliable starting option opposite Hill. Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle combined for a whopping 2 receptions for 15 yards. It was all Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. That’s great as long as they are both healthy and the opposing defenses can’t figure out how to stop them, but what happens if one of those guys gets banged up or the defense takes them away?

The Chiefs need another reliable starting-caliber receiver to make the offense truly unstoppable. I know that sounds greedy when they just scored 33 points and passed for over 300 yards, but I think they need to build this team to win the Super Bowl. If they want this offense to be absolutely unstoppable, another reliable starting wideout might be the one missing piece right now.

So what do you think Chiefs fans? Are you just on cloud nine that the Chiefs won against a really good team despite not having a great day on defense or are you worried that some of their issues seemed like things we all thought were issues five months ago? I was personally pretty annoyed through a lot of the game, but nothing can take away the fact that we have Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. They make everything else bearable and I guess we’ll figure the rest out as we go.

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