If Clyde Edwards-Helaire is on the mend, then there’s a clock ticking over the head of Derrick Gore on the active roster—that is, unless he can force the Chiefs to make a very tough decision about whether or not they can trust his ability to last through waivers.
There’s no denying that the Chiefs are a much better running team with Edwards-Helaire back in the fold, but the last few weeks without him (MCL sprain) has also shown the toughness of Darrel Williams and the well-rounded skill set of Jerick McKinnon. Alongside those two, Gore has proven he belongs at the pro level after an equally impressive preseason showing for the Chiefs back in August.
It’s not that Gore has put up some dazzling performances since CEH has been gone, but he’s also not had the chance. It’s been a series here and there, but there are definitely flashes that impress that add up to 71 yards on 14 carries and 1 touchdown. He’s also caught both short passes thrown his way so far this season.
Gore is undoubtedly the guy who should lose his job if the Chiefs will only keep three players, so no one should believe in any “upsets” here. However, Gore can make the decision harder to make for Veach and perhaps there’s a concession to be made to keep four running backs with the active roster instead.