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Kansas City Chiefs roster challenges due to opt outs

  • Andy Reid
  • Damien Williams
  • Kansas City Chiefs
  • Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
  • lucas niang
  • NFL
By Levi Thompson August 19, 2020 6 Comment
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COVID-19 has changed the entire NFL Season

The year 2020 has brought us many challenges and changes that we hope to never see again. For sports lovers, one of our biggest challenges this summer has been missing our sports. Many of us probably didn’t realize how much we loved baseball, golf, or even preseason football before this pandemic. With the uncertainty surrounding this virus, it’s understandable why players have decided to take the cautious approach to this season. Let’s take a look at how the Coronavirus will impact the upcoming season for the Kansas City Chiefs. Specifically, with certain players deciding to opt out due to the pandemic.

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

The first player to opt out this season for the Kansas City Chiefs was right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif. It is understandable, if not somewhat predictable given that he became a doctor in May of 2018. It has been no secret that he has a passion for helping and caring for those in need. Duvernay-Tardif would spend many of his previous off-seasons working in hospitals as an emergency surgeon. While it’ll be difficult to replace Duvernay-Tardif’s talent, the Chiefs signed guard Kelechi Osemele to help fill the void. Osemele is a player with loads of talent, but has struggled in recent years due to injury. If you’re questioning his ability, look at the 2016 season when Osemele was a First team All-Pro.

Damien Williams

The next Chief to opt out this season was running back and Super Bowl hero Damien Williams. Chiefs Kingdom was taken aback a bit when they went and got LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round. The pick could turn out to be a crucial piece to the Chiefs 2020 “run it back tour”. With Williams deciding to opt out, Edwards-Helaire is going to be tested quickly in the complex offense. There’s no doubt the Chiefs have plans to use the rookie running back in a variety of ways including running, pass catching, and blocking. In an Andy Reid offense you must be able to do all three well to earn the job.

Williams has been a solid piece for the Chiefs for a couple of years now, so there’s no doubt it will be difficult to totally replace him, but the Chiefs seem to have a young running back with as much potential as anyone to fill that void. The regular season running back stats for the Chiefs may see an increase in production with Edwards-Helaire, but the postseason is where Damien Williams really showed his value. It will be interesting to see how quickly Edwards-Helaire can adapt to Reid’s complex playbook and start contributing to the Chiefs’ high powered offense.

Lucas Niang

The most surprising Chiefs player to opt out this season was rookie offensive lineman Lucas Niang. It’s tough to get a spot on a 53 man NFL roster, so for a rookie to opt out speaks volumes about how serious many players are taking this pandemic. The decision could be a blessing in disguise for the Chiefs, with this basically becoming a red-shirt year for Niang. The rookie may not get to play, but he will have a year to watch film, work out, and study the playbook. The pick has great potential for the Chiefs, as Niang didn’t allow a sack in his last three seasons. In all likelihood, this decision by Niang won’t hurt the Chiefs too much this season.

Will the Chiefs be better or worse after the decisions by these players?

It is difficult to say that these moves are good things for the Chiefs, they’re not. We saw how important Damien Williams was last year in the postseason. Luarent Duvernay-Tardif has shown the ability to be a solid guard when healthy. Finally, Lucas Niang was a rookie that has a ton of potential if he puts his nose down and gets to work. However, with all that said, getting to see Clyde Edwards-Helaire be a focal point of this offense is something that should excite even the most average fans. Andy Reid has a history of getting the most out of the players that he is given. There is no reason to believe the Chiefs won’t “run it back” this year despite the obvious challenges.

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Teresa

August 20, 2020

Great article, informative and on point. Look forward to more from this author.

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Debbie Wilson

August 20, 2020

Great article! You are my “Chief” source for news!

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Gloria

August 20, 2020

Good job!! Can't wait to read more.

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Dave Wilson

August 19, 2020

Nice job providing the narrative review. It was a quick read, and easy to understand. I look forward to future editions.

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Diana Dean

August 19, 2020

Great article! ❤️

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Mark

August 19, 2020

Well said on a lot of this. I agree about Edwards-Helaire, it’s going to be baptism by fire for the kid! As for Tardif I think I’d rather have Osemele lol.

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