The Kansas City Chiefs have found themselves a gem, once again. But fans already knew how good this franchise was at finding talent.
I mean, last year they got Trey Smith in the sixth round, and he has been better than just a serviceable starting offensive lineman.
Then this year it has been every player they drafted in the later rounds, besides Darrian Kinnard. Jaylen Watson, and of course, Isiah Pacheco, have all been better than expected and were picked in the seventh round.
Pacheco is the one that is the fan favorite though. I mean, he was that in training camp, as everyone saw his ability to explode through gaps and get extra yards after contact.
He showed his ability to be productive in the passing game too, along with pass pro. All of these reasons were huge to him getting reps in training camp and the preseason.
Vibes = immaculate. pic.twitter.com/yeQSF7EVvz— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 13, 2022
Now we are here in Week 10, and Pacheco is starting at running back over a healthy Clyde Edwards-Helaire. In fact, he has started the last three games.
While the stats may not be there in the three games, he is getting a larger and larger role every game, and we saw that against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pacheco finished with 82 rushing yards o 16 attempts, which comes out at 5.1 yards per carry. He has proved now that he is a better pure runner than Edwards-Helaire. He has also proved why he has been given a larger role in more ways than that, though.
Pacheco is stepping up, and showing so much maturity. He is bought in and treats everyone like they are family. We saw that a bit on Sunday.
“Honestly that right there brought tears to my eyes,” Pacheco said when asked about the hit on JuJu Smith-Schuster… “I haven’t cried since college, right there, I felt every emotion of it. Right there, it brought that dog out. I was ready to play hard.”
Pop Pacheco on Juju’s hit and how he responded: pic.twitter.com/NMrqY2tMs2— Obi-Wan Mahomie (@bnice19831) November 13, 2022
If that doesn’t show you the fight, heart, and love he has for his teammates, then I don’t know what else he needs to do to prove to you that he is the guy. He is 100% bought in.
It’s more than just his play that has everyone sold on Pacheco. Pretty soon, I think we could see him as the bell cow running back. He is certainly trending in that direction.
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