Chiefs’ training camp cut candidate No. 1: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB
We had to do it to you, CEH. We’re sorry.
Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s career in Kansas City is down to the last pin. He’s one bowling ball’s nudge away from getting cut from the roster in 2023.
With Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon taking the top two spots in the running back room, Edwards-Helaire will compete against La’Mical Perine and Deneric Prince for the backend depth roles.
While Edwards-Helaire boasts far more experience than those two guys combined, he’s slid into a downward spiral since 2021, and we just don’t see any way the former first-round pick can salvage his career with the Chiefs.
In 2022, Edwards-Helaire recorded career-lows across the board in rushing yards, touchdowns, and yards per game. His workload was nearly halved, and he basically flattened mid-season to serve as a doormat for Pacheco to take the reins.
Put simply, he has lost the trust of the Chiefs organization. Regardless of his past successes or numbers, that will be what gets him booted of the team. Lost trust.
By contrast, Perine and Prince have been enveloped in positive buzz heading into the preseason. Pundits rave about Perine’s hard-nosed work ethic, and undrafted free agent Prince could follow former seventh-rounder Pacheco’s footsteps all the way up the golden staircase. Dave Toub loves Prince. Other Chiefs coaches and players have also said glowing things about him.
The era of CEH is coming to a close this July. He was only 24 years of age, and to his O.G. fans, he will be sorely missed. Don’t blame the Chiefs, blame the declining nature of the running back position.