KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The smoke has cleared in the Chiefs running backs room.
Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire is the guy.
The former Louisian State Tiger earned a lion's hare of the carries with the first team throughout training camp and will be a fixture in the team’s offense to kick off the Run it Back tour.
“We’re going to see how he reacts to being in the big moment,” said tight end Travis Kelce on the Chiefs first rounder debuting in the 2020 NFL season opener.
Kelce tabbed Edwards-Helaire's performance in LSU’s 2019 National Championship win as proof he’s built for the big stage.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed.
“Especially with our offense,” Mahomes said. “You go out there with the mentality that anyone can have a big game. Clyde’s definitely one of those guys.”
The team waived running backs Elijah McGuire and DeAndre Washington Saturday, clearing room for more touches for CEH.
“We’re excited about Clyde,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said. “He’ll continue to learn and grow and we certainly think he has a very high ceiling.”
Kansas City opens the 2020 NFL regular season Sept. 10 against the Houston Texans.