Yes, we already know about Isiah Pacheco, right? He's the lead running back on a Super Bowl winner known by most football fans as a tough-as-nails rusher who runs like he's actively punishing the ground beneath him. Even beyond his role with the most successful team in the NFL these days, he's also a stellar story as a former seventh-round pick who has climbed his way all the way to hold the title of "vital offensive cog" for a historic offense.
Here's the rub regarding Pacheco, however. He was never seen as a bell cow sort of back, someone who could stay in on all three downs for the majority of the game. He's worked best in tandem with Jerick McKinnon, who plays the scatback role along with the occasional rest provided by Clyde Edwards-Helaire subbing in for some reps.
Imagine our surprise then when Pacheco enjoyed another solid night against the Denver Broncos with one tough run after another while also putting up the sort of receiving stats typically reserved for his tandem partner out of the backfield.
We're not sure if this is going to be an emerging trend for the Chiefs offense or what, but Pacheco was targeted 6 times in the passing game against Denver and he caught every one of them. That's the most targets during a regular season game by 2 for Pacheco, and his 98 total yards from scrimmage was the third highest of his career.