NFL.com thinks a Kansas City Chiefs starter could possibly lose his job during training camp.
Eric Edholm, a lead draft writer for NFL.com, pointed out several NFL players who could lose their status as first-stringers during training camp and Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire landed on his list.
The don’t draft running backs in Round 1 hive has been on a told-you-so bender with CEH, who started all 10 games he played last season but averaged only 4.7 yards per touch and made two costly fumbles in a pair of early-season losses. Edwards-Helaire is off the physically unable to perform list, only spending a day there in camp, but he’s up against it to prove he’s Kansas City’s best back. Ronald Jones arrives capable of unseating him, and Jerick McKinnon was the Chiefs’ best all-around back by the end of last season.
So far, it appears that Edwards-Helaire doesn’t have what it takes to be a bell-cow running back for the Chiefs.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t be a productive player. Edwards-Helaire is a talented running back who can beat defenses in a variety of ways. He just needs to stay healthy.
This is likely a scenario where Kansas City goes with a running back by committee approach, which would be the right decision considering Edwards-Helaire has missed 10 games over his first two seasons in the NFL.
I don’t think fans should write off Edwards-Helaire as a bust just yet, but I don’t think he’s going to be Andy Reid’s next LeSean McCoy, either.
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