Chiefs Running Back

Chiefs Running Back Review

By Roger Beane August 8, 2020 1 Comment
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Williams Opt Out

With Damien Williams opting out this year, Kansas City Chiefs will be looking for his replacement this year. Coming off a solid 2019 season and playoff run, the starting running back position was his. Williams made the tough decision to opt out this season so he can take care of his mother. When Williams joined NFL Radio, he stated that his mother’s cancer diagnosis had a major influence on his decision.

Williams was not a stat machine for the Chiefs but did provide stability and someone that Andy Reid trusted. Which has been very difficult to find since Kareem Hunt left. However, Brett Veach brought in new talent to fill Williams starting role.

New Blood

Deandre Washington was one of the first free agent signings this off season for the Chiefs. Washington played for the Oakland Raiders from 2016 to 2019 and was primarily a backup there. He played behind Marshawn Lynch, Latavius Murray, Doug Martin, and rookie Josh Jacobs. Washington never got a great opportunity to be a starter or was asked to help the rookies.

Washington has a unique advantage over the other running backs, Patrick Mahomes and him have chemistry. In 2015, Washington and Mahomes were teammates at Texas Tech. That season Washington almost 1,900 scrimmage yards and was by far his best statistical year. In the Chiefs offense he will have plenty of opportunities to prove if he can do that again.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft  for the Chiefs. Clyde is a versatile back that has great vision and elusiveness. The one thing that he does not have is great speed but is fast enough to out run defensive linemen and linebackers. Clyde will have a great opportunity at the starting role for the Chiefs, but will depend on how fast he can learn the offense.

Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams are the other two running backs on the Chiefs roster this year. Thompson was the Chiefs sixth round pick in 2019, who received a lot of attention in the preseason. Then seemed to fall flat during the season and never saw much action. Darrel Williams saw a good amount of snaps in the 2019 season until his injury in week 13, which sidelined him for the rest of the season.


Washington and Edwards-Helaire have an opportunity this year to become a two man wrecking crew. What each other lack, the other one will make up for it. Washington is a great receiving back who also has great pass blocking abilities. While Edwards-Helaire has great vision and can get down hill fast. If they can give the same performances in the past, this may be the best running back duo for the Chiefs.

Williams and Thompson will also have plenty of opportunities to prove their worth. However, Williams must show that he can stay healthy because he suffered a hamstring injury while only rushing the ball four times a game. That is a major concern considering his snap count. Thompson will also need to prove that he can get on the field and make plays.  Most likely all running backs will be on a rotation but the major duo will be Washington and Edwards-Helaire.

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August 10, 2020

Calling my shot now, Clyde will be rookie of the year.

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