Chiefs news for 13 September 2020
My dad, a man who seldom watches football, summed up the impact Clyde Edwards-Helaire makes on the K.C. offense. “Man,” he goes, “with this running back, the offense is like a hot knife through butter.”
He’s right. Edwards-Helaire’s elusiveness, agility, and all-around skill set takes so much pressure off of Mahomes, which accelerates the overall efficiency of the offense. Edwards-Helaire impressed both as a dynamic, explosive player, but also as a guy comfortable with a work-horse level of production—a back capable of inside runs as well as counters and outside pitches.
The rookie back broke through a big hole, cut left and dodged Texans linebacker Benardrick McKinney, then cut right and made safety Justin Reid lose his footing. As he sped to the goal line, a third Texan, Jacob Martin, made a last-ditch diving effort to touch Edwards-Helaire. He wasn’t even close.
Edwards-Helaire’s touchdown came in a run of 31 unanswered points. Kansas City showed its offensive versatility in the process, with a different player scoring each of the team’s four touchdowns. A team quarterbacked by the explosive Patrick Mahomes and loaded with weapons like tight end Travis Kelce and receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins now has a new dimension in Edwards-Helaire. It’s hardly even fair.
Sammy Watkins had himself a nice game and led the team in receiving yards in the process, hauling in seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown. Watkins didn’t come close to replicating his week 1 performance last year with his second best regular season game was week 3 against the Ravens when he had five catches for 64 yards. Fans aren’t expecting Watkins to put up video game like numbers every week, but hopefully this time he doesn’t just vanish from the offense like he did a year ago.
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to look for ways to improve their roster, this time looking at a trio of offensive linemen. According to the NFL’s official transaction report, the Chiefs had three players in for tryouts on Saturday. Among those trying out for Kansas City were veteran OL Patrick Omameh, OT Paul Adams and OT John Leglue.
When examining pressure, it may seem logical to start with the defensive line. But I have another very important player in mind: Chiefs rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed. The Texans came out with an obvious game plan—target the rookie early and often. Sometimes the best thing a defensive back can do is not be the weak link in the chain. The first few targets showed very quickly that Sneed was not going to be that weak link. This was huge. Watson did not have the easy planned read to abuse. Instead, he had to look elsewhere and focus more on reading the entire defense.
The other move that could prove to pay great dividends is the July signing of guard Kelechi Osemele, a move made necessary when Laurent Duvernay-Tardif opted out for the 2020 season. Osemele was released by the Jets last October following a dispute with the team regarding a shoulder injury, but he was healthy in the 2020 free agency frame, and the Chiefs were able to pick him up on a one-year, $2 million contract.
An armed standoff with Kansas City police led to a man being arrested after he allegedly fired multiple gun shots at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium from its parking lot.
Per the Kansas City Star, the standoff began just after noon and continued for hours. He was eventually subdued, with police reportedly finding two handguns and a knife on his person. He was not injured, nor was anyone hit by his gunshots.