RB - KC
The Chiefs activated Clyde Edwards-Helaire off the PUP list on Wednesday.
It was a surprise when Edwards-Helaire was placed on the PUP list to begin with, but reports were that it was something incredibly minor and that he would likely be activated soon. Soon turned out to be immediately, and Edward-Helaire was back practicing with the team on Wednesday. It's an important development for the young back, who has dealt with plenty of injuries over his first two seasons, including those to his ankle, knee, and shoulder. He'll face competition for touches this season, and the expectation is that he will split work with Ronald Jones. But in an offense that needs playmakers, a healthy Edwards-Helaire should likely outperform his draft position.
According to Nate Taylor, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire said he got to benefit from a full offseason, returning to the basics and capitalizing on health.
Edwards-Helaire enters his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs, but this offseason was his first healthy one. Edwards-Helaire has missed 10 games over his first two seasons, and for the first time since getting drafted, he faces competition in the RB room. The Chiefs moved on from RB Darrel Williams, the team's leading rusher in 2021, but brought in RB Ronald Jones. Jones and Edwards-Helaire have complementary skillsets, so the two may split snaps, and in an offense that seems doomed to regress without WR Tyreek Hill, that's not an ideal situation for fantasy managers. But Edwards-Helaire was never the strongest red-zone rusher anyway and could see an uptick in pass-game usage. With a healthy offseason, should Edwards-Helaire emerge as the team's lead back, he could easily surpass his current average draft position of just RB27.
Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 36 yards on six carries while also catching one pass for four yards in the Chiefs 27-24 loss to the Bengals.
Edwards-Helaire lagged behind fellow Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon Sunday, who finished with twice as many carries and targets than Edwards-Helaire. Edwards-Helaire rushed 13 times for 96 yards in two postseason games for the Chiefs.
Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed seven times for 60 yards while also catching one pass for nine yards in the Chiefs 42-36 win over the Bills.
Edwards-Helaire was able to find running room when called upon, finishing with an 8.6 yard per carry average against the Bills defense Sunday night.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire isn't expected to be on a snap count in his return from injury against the Bills Sunday.
CEH missed last week's game due to a shoulder injury. His return further clouds the outlook for the KC backfield Sunday against the Bills. Darrel Williams deals with an injury of his own and is questionable to suit up. He was quickly faded in favor of Jerick McKinnon last week against the Steelers. McKinnon had a big game and may have earned more of a role, but CEH could return and be the primary option in the dynamic Chiefs' offense.
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