Chiefs news for 23 September 2020
NFL.com, USA Today, Yahoo! Sports, The Ringer and Bleacher Report each slotted the Chiefs in at No. 2 this week behind Baltimore, setting the stage for an epic clash between the two best teams in the NFL on Monday Night Football in Week 3. Yahoo! Sports’ analyst Frank Schwab summed it up nicely. The Chiefs also checked in at No. 2 in Sports Illustrated’s rankings, trailing only Seattle.
While the numbers aren’t the most eye popping, going from 0 receptions to 6 receptions was good to see for the rookie. Part of the why the Chiefs felt so comfortable using their first round pick on Edwards-Helaire was because of how deadly he was as both a runner and a receiver. Andy Reid LOVES those kind of running backs, so this was a match made in heaven.
Kansas City Chiefs — Clyde Edwards-Helaire played 67% of the offensive snaps and carried the ball 25 times but was targeted only twice in the Chiefs’ season opener. On Sunday, he carried the ball 10 times and saw eight targets while playing 63% of the snaps. The rookie wasn’t quite as effective this week (70 yards on 16 touches), but the combination of the strong snap share and increase in targets suggests he’ll remain a weekly RB1 option. As for his insurance, note that Darwin Thompson (15 snaps) appears to have leapt Darrel Williams (eight) on the depth chart.
4th round corner L’Jarius Sneed is one of the biggest surprises in the league. Tasked with defending LA wideout Keenan Allen, Sneed followed up his dazzling debut with another very good performance in Week 2 , including a sensational interception that was the turning point of the ball game.
In the waning moments of the 3rd quarter, the Chargers led 17-9 and had possession at the Chiefs’ 39-yard-line with a short 2nd-and-2. Herbert scrambled left and looked deep over the middle for Allen. Sneed closed the gap, played the ball beautifully and made an acrobatic interception. After two weeks, he is the only NFL player with more than one interception.
Charlton didn’t just look good on tape, the analytics experts favored his performance too. Among edge rushers with 20 or more pass-rush snaps, Charlton leads the NFL with a 20.0 in Pass Rush Productivity rating. PRP is one of the signature stats from Pro Football Focus. It weighs the different types of pressures (sacks, hits and hurries) to determine how effective a player is at rushing the passer.
Kelce’s move up to fourth place in total receiving yards with 6,605 put him over former Chiefs wide receiver Henry Marshall who played from ’76 to ’87—a remarkable model of consistent production during perhaps the team’s most abysmal stretch of mediocrity.
It is very possible that, by season’s end, we will be referring to Kelce as the player in second place on the Chiefs all-time receiving yards list. Dwayne Bowe is next at No. 3 with 7,155 yards and wide receiver Otis Taylor comes after that at No. 2 with 7,306. If Kelce eclipses the thousand-yard mark, then he will definitely rise to just behind Tony Gonzalez for the most receiving yards in franchise history.
According to the NFL’s transaction report, the Chiefs have protected RB DeAndre Washington and CB Chris Lammons. A new feature of NFL practice squads this year is the ability to protect players from poaching each week. Teams can choose up to four new players to be protected every Tuesday.
The Chiefs suffered two injuries during Sunday’s game at both the running back and the corner position. Darrel Williams suffered an ankle injury and Antonio Hamilton suffered a groin injury. If Brett Veach follows the same path as last week, Williams and Hamilton could be made inactive, hopefully avoiding IR with their respective injuries. Washington and Lammons are likely to be standard elevations on Saturady ahead of the game, providing depth at the two positions where the team sustained injuries.