If the defensive coordinators didn’t already have enough to worry about when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City bosses arrive in town, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is already having them reconsider.
The rookie who comes back has become the youngest player in NFL history run for more than 130 yards and a touchdown in an NFL debut (21 years, 152 days) during the opening night of Kansas City’s win against the Houston Texans. With the entire world of football watching, 2020’s first-round pick has exploded onto the scene as the new bell cow running after Andy Reid’s dynamic attack.
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OJ Simpson predicts a 2,000-yard season for Edwards-Helaire?
Thanks in part to a dominant first-week effort by the Chiefs offensive line, Edwards-Helaire’s strong performance attracted the attention of many, including Pro Football Hall of Famer OJ Simpson, who posted a video on Friday. on Twitter discussing his thoughts on The Chief Rusher of Chiefs.
“They’re going to run the ball more than they’ve done in the past because they have this budding superstar Clyde Edwards-[Helaire]”Said Simpson.” I mean, look, first of all, this guy isn’t small. Everyone keeps saying he’s small; he’s short. He’s 207 pounds and five[foot]-Seven-[inches]. He’s a pretty stout guy. Every team will want them to race. They don’t want Kansas City to throw the ball. Securities will never come to try to play in those holes. So this kid will always have space and the first kid to go up from secondary has almost no chance to face this kid. “
While fantasy football managers have found themselves betting on their all-time pick to acquire the Chiefs’ new director, even before established stars such as Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, it remains to be seen how high Edwards-Helaire’s roof will be in the year. one or more. If you ask Simpson though, the answer is beautiful tall.
“This guy could lead the championship in racing this year, and that’s saying something because as I told you, I believe [Tennessee Titans running back] Derrick Henry could run for 2,000 yards, ”Simpson continued. “Anyway, Kansas City, they look terribly tough.”
– OJ Simpson (@ TheRealOJ32) 11 September 2020
Patrick Mahomes calls Edwards-Helaire a “star”
Fresh off the Super Bowl LIV win, Kansas City doesn’t seem to be suffering from such a dramatic hangover as most typical NFL champions, as teams try to hunt down expiring talent and contracts from the league’s heaviest rosters. Instead, the 2020 edition of The Chiefs brings continuity and star power similar to last season. The addition of Edwards-Helaire, considered by many to be a “luxury” selection in the first round of the April draft, is the icing on the cake for the champions.
During a post-game interview with NBC’s Michele Tafoya, the Chiefs MVP quarterback also offered praise for his new backfield mate.
“The boy is a star,” Mahomes said. “He works hard, he works hard, his vision is incredible, and I thought the offensive line did a great job giving him those holes for him too.”
Perhaps the only person more enthusiastic about CEH’s arrival than the front office is Mahomes, now with another weapon at his expense.
“I mean, he’s been doing it since the day he got here,” Mahomes said. “He worked hard, learned from his mistakes and put the ball between tackles and recovered from the backfield and then, I thought the offensive line did a great job of giving him holes to cross and he hit it every single time and so, it will continue to improve. It is another weapon I have in this attack and we will continue to do everything possible to keep moving the ball and score touchdowns. “
Mahomes looks pleased with the work Clyde has done tonight and chuckles when he says that CEH is just another weapon he knows. NFL is on notice pic.twitter.com/V9ym9KJuQB
– Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) 11 September 2020