Damien Williams is expected to return as the Chiefs’ starting running back. He will form a one-two punch with rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, per Chiefs’ GM Brett Veach. (Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk)
Williams will remain the team’s starting running back, but Edwards-Helaire will “compete for playing time.” The Chiefs selected former LSU RB Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. “I certainly think it’s going to be a shared load,” said Chiefs GM Brett Veach. Damien has been in this offense a long time and has certainly shown what he can do on that playoff run. The guy’s a really good pass protector and can catch the football. I mean both these guys can run and catch and Damien Williams will come in as the starting running back and Clyde will have to come in here and compete for playing time, which we think he”ll do. But I think it will be a one-two punch.” Despite how productive Williams has been in the playoffs, he’s never logged more than 111 carries in a single season of his career. Both running backs will share carries and form a committee barring an injury. Whomever the team’s RB is will be productive in an a fantasy-friendly offense. Williams is currently ranked 39, while Edwards-Helaire is 11th among all running backs in the latest expert consensus rankings.