The Kansas City Chiefs, and I cannot stress this enough, will still have one of the best offenses in football despite Tyreek Hill no longer being on the team. Yes, he was a big part of the offense. Yes, he opened up opportunities for Kelce. However, this offense will still be the same. Travis Kelce, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mecole Hardman, and of course, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, are all on the roster.

Edwards-Helaire should be a huge part of this offense. Now that he is healthy, we will definitely see more of him. Without Hill here, the Chiefs have no choice but to run the ball more too.

He’s a dual threat and a former first-round pick, which is why I was a bit confused when I saw him ranked so low on a running back rankings list.

Chiefs’ Edwards-Helaire ranked 27th on running back rankings

The Chiefs have almost always had a good running back. Whether it be Ed Podolak, Christian Okoye, Marcus Allen, Larry Johnson, Priest Holmes, or Jamaal Charles, they have always had a stud in the backfield. Now, Edwards-Helaire is not on their level, no, but he is still a very good back. He is definitely better than the 27th ranked back in the league.

Antonio Gibson, Rashaad Penny, Devin Singletary, Cordarrelle Patterson, James Connor, Damien Harris, Elijah Mitchell, and J.K. Dobbins are some of the guys listed ahead of Edwards-Helaire. Let me just say, those guys are not better than him. So, in my opinion, that would have him right at the 15 spots, making him a top-15 running back in the league.

Here is what Maurice Jones-Drew, the former All-Pro running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars thinks about Edwards-Helaire, and why he was ranked 27th on his list.

“CEH has to show up in 2022. It’s plain and simple. He averaged 113.7 scrimmage yards per game in his first six career games …but just 62.6 scrimmage yards per game in his last 17. The Chiefs need to lean more on the run and get efficient carries from their backs to add more balance to their pass-happy offense. Edwards-Helaire needs to take advantage of his opportunities – especially with hungry newcomer Ronald Jones II joining the unit – and stay healthy and available for a full season.”

While what he says is true, Edwards-Helaire did slow down a bit, there is some more to that that he isn’t saying.

CEH was getting the ball a ton in his first six games. Last year, and towards the end of his first season, they went away from that and went with the pass-happy offense we all know and love from the Chiefs. So, can you really fault CEH for that, when it isn’t necessarily his fault?

In his first year, CEH played 13 games and rushed 181 times. In his second year, he played 10 games and rushed 119 times. That was a 200 offensive snap difference between the two years.

Clyde showed what he can do in those first six games, and that should be enough to put people on notice. CEH is easily better than being the 27th-ranked running back in the league, and I’ll stand on that.

You can read the rest of the Jones-Drew article on NFL.com here.

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