Coach Reid talks Edwards-Helaire, addresses COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 9:56 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 10:56:40-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid talked to reporters Tuesday morning as training camp starts to ramp up for rookies.

Reid touched on rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire and whether he will replace Damien Williams at running back after Williams opted out of the season because of COVID-19 concerns.

“If you had to pick a position that had some talent, that’s a position we can work with," Reid said.

He gave Brett Veach compliments on drafting a deep team in the position. Reid said Edwards-Helaire has been studying his playbook and knows it well, but didn't say whether he will move into Williams' spot at this time.

Reid was asked if the team had considered quarantining quarterbacks to keep them healthy for the season.

"We’re not in the position where we can quarantine guys. That’s not how the camps are set up," he said.

Reid said the players have been good about wearing face masks and social distancing in the building, but it is still a contact sport. While they are working to limit that contact, it will be hard to do on the field once camp ramps up.

"As long as the coaches and players do the best they can to wash their hands and keep the mask on and social distance … then I think we can make the thing happen," Reid said.

He said the NFL has built plans in case teams were to have COVID-19 outbreaks, but he did not elaborate on those plans.

Reid also did not elaborate on specific plans for travel and keeping players safe on the road, but deferred to the NFL's guidance.