Stock Down: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the other Chiefs offensive player who had a rough start, but his performance was not nearly as surprising. CEH has been trending down seemingly for the past two-and-a-half seasons, and that has not changed in what will undoubtedly be his last season in a Chiefs uniform.
The contract year is the biggest motivator for NFL players and professional athletes across all major sports. The last year of a player's contract is typically when a player is supposed to put his best foot forward to earn a big-time payday from either his team or another team in need of his services. If this is the best that Edwards-Helaire can put on tape, then this might be his last year, not just with the Chiefs, but in the NFL as well.
Edwards-Helaire only had two carries for five yards and dropped the pass he was targeted with. That makes it three weeks in a row with less than eight rushing yards and the second time in three weeks where he has failed to record a reception. In fact, CEH's highs on the year for receptions and receiving yards are two catches for 17 yards. He also only has two games on the year where he recorded more than 16 yards of total offense.
I understand that CEH is a former first-round pick, and the Chiefs are paying him a decent amount of money, but we are now at the point where giving him snaps is a negative for the offense. The Chiefs have at least two running backs on the practice squad, Deneric Prince and La'Mical Perine, who have shown more juice. It is time to see what they can provide for the offense and put CEH to pasture.