Clyde time: Rookie RB Edwards-Helaire shines in NFL debut

1st-round pick nets 138 yards, TD in 34-20 win
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Posted at 10:48 PM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 23:48:23-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs invested a first-round draft pick in rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but it paid off handsomely in his NFL debut.

Edwards-Helaire, a former LSU standout, starred in Kansas City's 34-20 season-opening win Thursday against the Houston Texans with 138 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown, on 25 carries,.

He is the first NFL players to rush for 100 yards in his NFL debut since Saquon Barkeley’s first game in 2018.

Edwards-Helaire capped a 75-yard march to open the second half with an impressive 27-yard scamper, making an open-field cut that left Texans safety Eric Reid on the ground before he accelerated to the end zone.

The rookie raised eyebrows during training camp, earning the starting job vacated by Damien Williams' decision to opt out of the 2020 season.

Edwards-Helaire said in an exclusive interview with 41 Action News that he expected to have "pregame jitters’, but added “that's what makes people make plays."