Given the way that everything else is coming together beautifully for the Kansas City Chiefs offense on Sunday night, we're left scratching our heads wondering why or how wide receiver Mecole Hardman is even getting a chance to touch the football anymore.
That's because Hardman is doing everything within his power to end the Chiefs' season.
Right now, the Chiefs hold a slim lead in the fourth quarter of a game in which both quarterbacks have been trading scoring drives one after another. But the Chiefs are fortunate to be in such a position since Hardman has put the ball on the ground twice with only two touches on the day.
Yeah, he's been that miserable.
We're not sure why Mecole Hardman is even getting more touches anymore for the Chiefs.
If you missed Hardman's very forgettable night (again, so far), it began in the first half when the Chiefs decided to use Hardman on a sweep running left on a second-and-goal. The Bills easily sniffed out the play and stopped Hardman for a one-yard loss. Even worse, Bills corner Rasul Douglas knocked the ball free on the tackle and the Chiefs were fortunate that Justin Watson was able to maintain possession.
From there, in the second half, the Chiefs had another goal line situation with a first-and-goal after Isiah Pacheco ran 29 yards to give the Chiefs a much-needed scoring opportunity. After trading leads on five consecutive drives, the Chiefs had stopped the Bills offense for once and had the chance to go up by two scores.
Then Mecole Hardman decided to deliver this:
If you're counting, that's two fumbles on two touches with -1 yards to his credit.
We understand that some players have bad nights, but here's the thing: the offense has been unstoppable for the Chiefs all night. Even Marquez Valdes-Scantling is having a redemptive moment for himself. Rashee Rice is churning. Travis Kelce looks reborn. Isiah Pacheco is running angry (again). Patrick Mahomes has been sensational.
In short, there's zero reason to go to Mecole Hardman for anything other than someone promising he could touch the ball every once in a while. We're not the only ones who think so.
What makes all of this even worse is that the Chiefs traded for Hardman before the NFL's trade deadline as their only answer to an ailing wide receiver position at midseason. It's embarrassing that he cost them anything at this point, and if the Chiefs lose tonight, much of the blame should fall squarely on Hardman's shoulders.
Let's just hope it doesn't come to that.
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