Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #25
Kansas City Chiefs
Running Back #25

Clyde Edwards-Helaire News

Scores two touchdowns in win

Edwards-Helaire rushed 19 times for 92 yards and a touchdown while catching one pass for two yards and another score in Sunday's 41-31 win over the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire finally broke out after losing touches to other rushing options in Kansas City. Game script played a big role, as the Chiefs were up big from practically the opening kickoff (that was fumbled away by Tampa Bay). Still, this was the type of game that fantasy managers were hoping for from the third-year back following the departure of Tyreke Hill this past offseason. Isiah Pacheco (11 carries for 63 yards) appeared to have leap-frogged the struggling Jerick McKinnon as CEH's primary backup, so a shared backfield approach should continue in Kansas City. Edwards-Helaire will ride this high into a favorable matchup against the Raiders next Sunday.

Oct 2, 2022 11:11 PM EST

Only yardage comes through air

Edwards-Helaire rushed seven times for no gain and secured all five targets for 39 yards in the Chiefs' 20-17 loss to the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire had an exact split with Jerick McKinnon with respect to carries, but only the latter actually netted any positive yardage. CEH did make up for the lack of rushing production with a co-team-high reception tally, and he's quickly compiled 12 receptions in three games. Edwards-Helaire has yet to log double-digit carries, however, and he could well be in a fairly even timeshare again with McKinnon in a Week 4 road battle against the Buccaneers.

Sep 25, 2022 4:18 PM EST

Garners 118 total yards in win

Edwards-Helaire rushed eight times for 74 yards and brought in all four targets for 44 yards in the Chiefs' 27-24 win over the Chargers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire made several impressive plays in the passing game and then ripped off a game-long 52-yard run while also drawing a 15-yard face mask penalty on the first play of the Chiefs' penultimate possession to help set up a critical field goal. The third-year back has just 15 carries through two games, but with those totes netting 116 yards and another 77 yards and a pair of scores through the air, Edwards-Helaire has still given fantasy managers some meaningful production. He'll aim to keep churning out strong numbers in a Week 3 road clash with the Colts a week from Sunday.

Sep 15, 2022 8:49 PM EST

Finds end zone twice against Cards

Edwards-Helaire carried the ball seven times for 42 yards while catching all three of his targets for 32 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: The running back didn't end up being Kansas City's leading rusher -- that honor went to rookie Isiah Pacheco -- but Edwards-Helaire's contributions as a receiver more than made up for it. The third-year player came into 2022 with only three career receiving TDs in 23 NFL games, but with the team's passing game promising to be more spread out in the wake of Tyreek Hill's departure, Edwards-Helaire could have a much bigger role through the air this season.

Sep 11, 2022 5:07 PM EST

First RB into Saturday's game

Edwards-Helaire got the start in Saturday's 24-14 preseason win over Washington and rushed twice for four yards.

Analysis: Fullback Michael Burton got the game's first carry, but the next two both went to Edwards-Helaire. The team electing to start CEH can be viewed as reaffirmation of his status as the lead back in an otherwise murky Chiefs backfield. After Edwards-Helaire played the first drive alongside Patrick Mahomes, rookie Isaiah Pacheco got the entirety of the second alongside the starting quarterback, rushing four times for eight yards.

Aug 20, 2022 4:24 PM EST

First through rotation

Edwards-Helaire has taken the first rep on almost every series at training camp, with Jerick McKinnon typically next through the rotation with the first-team offense, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: Sweeney notes that Ronald Jones, Isiah Pacheco and Derrick Gore have mixed in "from time to time" with the starters. Edwards-Helaire was on the PUP list to start camp, but only for a day, and he's still on track for a Week 1 start for the third time in three pro seasons. There is question about his ability to hold on to that role, with Jones providing competition for early downs and goal-line work, while McKinnon may be preferred in obvious passing situations. McKinnon outsnapped CEH three-to-one in KC's final two playoff games last season, albeit with Edwards-Helaire's ailing shoulder a considerable factor in that distribution. The 2020 first-round pick is still the favorite to lead the Chiefs in carries this year, even if the dreams of a three-down workhorse role are all but gone.

Aug 2, 2022 9:07 AM EST

Brief stint on PUP list over

The Chiefs activated Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) from the active/physically unable to perform list Wednesday, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire's stay on the PUP list to begin training camp ultimately only lasted one day, and he's already resumed practicing Wednesday. The 23-year-old is looking to get the most out of the first unrestricted offseason of his NFL career, after COVID-19 protocols made preparations for his rookie campaign mostly virtual, and gallbladder surgery set him back last offseason. Throughout training camp, the 2020 first-round pick should receive plenty of opportunities to solidify himself as the lead option in a revamped backfield that also houses Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco, Derrick Gore and Tayon Fleet-Davis.

Jul 27, 2022 8:48 AM EST

Practicing Wednesday

Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) is participating in Wednesday's training camp session, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire was added to the active/physically unable to perform list Tuesday, but it looks like his stay will be a brief one. The Chiefs haven't yet officially activated Edwards-Helaire from the PUP list, but his participation in practice is a likely indication that such a move is coming. The 2020 first-round pick's fantasy prospects would stand to benefit if he's able to stay healthy and impress during training camp.

Jul 27, 2022 7:56 AM EST

Could come off PUP list soon

Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) could come off the PUP list in the next few days, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic.

Analysis: Though the nature of Edwards-Helaire's injury has yet to be clarified, Taylor relays that he's be told the running back's issue is nothing major. For now, Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco, Derrick Gore and Tayon Fleet-Davis are slated to handle the Chiefs' backfield reps at the start of training camp.

Jul 26, 2022 3:12 PM EST

Starting camp on PUP list

The Chiefs have placed Edwards-Helaire (undisclosed) on the active/physically unable to perform list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Added clarity on Edwards-Helaire's injury or issue could come as soon as Wednesday, with coach Andy Reid slated to address reporters, per Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star. Minus Edwards-Helaire, Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Isiah Pacheco, Derrick Gore and Taylor Fleet-Davis are available to handle Kansas City's backfield reps for the time being.

Jul 26, 2022 2:56 PM EST

Hopes to benefit from full offseason

As he approaches his third NFL campaign, Edwards-Helaire believes that he'll benefit from getting in a full offseason of work for the first time in his pro career, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. "This offseason, it was pretty much getting back to the basics, being able to have a full offseason," Edwards-Helaire noted. "That was one of the things Coach (Andy) Reid and I talked about. He said, 'This is really your first real offseason in the NFL.' Really, health was the biggest thing."

Analysis: As a rookie in 2020, Edwards-Helaire's first NFL offseason was mostly virtual due to the league's COVID-19 protocols, while last offseason the running back dealt with gallbladder surgery. At this stage, Edwards-Helaire indicated that he feels great heading into training camp, as he looks to move past the injuries (to his left knee and left collarbone) that slowed him in 2021. Looking ahead, the 23-year-old is projected to lead a backfield that also includes Ronald Jones, Jerick McKinnon, Derrick Gore and Isiah Pacheco, though Taylor does suggest that with a strong effort this summer, Jones could challenge Edwards-Helaire for the starting job in a Kansas City offense that will be operating without playmaking wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who was traded to Miami in March.

Jul 21, 2022 9:29 AM EST

Backfield depth added

The Chiefs have signed Ronald Jones to work in tandem with Edwards-Helaire this coming season, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Signing Jones addresses a void in the team's backfield, with Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon still unsigned in free agency. The former Buccaneer will now pair with Edwards-Helaire, creating the potential for a time-share that could hamper the weekly volume of the duo, when both are available. That said, in an offense that will no longer have explosive wideout Tyreek Hill to throw to, it's plausible that the Chiefs running backs, including Edwards-Helaire, will be presented with more receiving opportunities in 2022. Though it's possible that the team will continue to bring in additional skill players via free agency and/or the draft, for now things are set up for Edwards-Helaire and Jones to compete for RB slotting this summer.

Mar 29, 2022 10:43 AM EST

Just seven touches in playoff loss

Edwards-Helaire rushed six times for 36 yards and added a four-yard catch on two targets in Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Bengals in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire worked in a change-of-pace role behind Jerick McKinnon, who totaled 95 yards on 15 touches. McKinnon will be a free agent this offseason, but Edwards-Helaire -- who was selected in the first round of the 2020 draft -- has been unable to grab the leading role in Kansas City's backfield by the horns over his first two seasons. Given Edwards-Helaire's modest production, the Chiefs will likely bring in competition for touches this offseason, either by re-signing McKinnon or adding an alternative option via free agency or the draft.

Jan 30, 2022 5:14 PM EST

Effective in return

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) rushed seven times for 60 yards and caught one of two targets for nine yards in Sunday's 42-36 overtime win over the Bills.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire looked spry in his first action since Week 16, mustering 69 scrimmage yards on just eight touches compared to Jerick McKinnon's 78 yards on 15 touches. McKinnon's the superior pass-catcher out of the backfield, but Edwards-Helaire has reestablished himself as the leading option on the ground for the pass-heavy Chiefs ahead of next week's AFC Championship Game against Cincinnati.

Jan 23, 2022 10:51 PM EST

Back in action Sunday

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) will join Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore out of the Chiefs backfield for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Bills with Darrel Williams (toe) inactive, Adam Teicher of reports.

Analysis: Making his first appearance since Week 16 due to a bruised shoulder, Edwards-Helaire is swapping in for Williams, but the breakdown of touches between himself, McKinnon and Gore remains to be seen. McKinnon fared well in Kansas City's wild-card win against the Steelers, taking 12 carries for 61 yards and gathering in all six targets for 81 yards and one touchdown. On the season, though, Edwards-Helaire averaged 13.8 touches in his 10 appearances, so it stands to reason he'll have some sort of role.

Jan 23, 2022 2:37 PM EST

No injury designation for Sunday's contest

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday night's playoff game against the Bills after practicing fully this past week.

Analysis: The stage is thus set for Edwards-Helaire, who last saw game action in Week 16, to be available for Sunday's contest, while fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe) is listed as questionable by Kansas City after returning to a limited practice Friday. In Edwards-Helaire's looming return, it remains to be seen how much work he'll see, given that Jerick McKinnon, who led the team's backfield in the team's wild-card win over the Steelers last weekend -- and possibly Williams -- are also candidates to handle backfield work against Buffalo. Edwards-Helaire finished the regular season with 119 carries for 517 yards and four TDs to go along with 19 catches (on 23 targets) for 129 yards and a pair of receiving yards in 10 games.

Jan 21, 2022 1:37 PM EST

Another full practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practiced fully again Thursday.

Analysis: After having logged back-to-back full sessions Wednesday and Thursday, Edwards-Helaire appears on track to suit up Sunday against the Bills, barring any setbacks. Friday's final injury report will confirm whether Edwards-Helaire approaches the contest minus an injury designation, as well as add further context with regard to the status of fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe), who has yet to practice this week.

Jan 20, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Returns to full practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire didn't practice this past Thursday and Friday before ultimately being ruled out for Kansas City's playoff opener, but the running back's return to a full session presumably paves the way for him to return to the field Sunday against the Bills, in the absence of any setbacks.

Jan 19, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Won't play in wild-card round

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid ruled Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) out for Sunday's wild-card game against the Steelers, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: Following a two-game absence to close the regular season, the second-year back looked to be on the right track to suit up this weekend after he practiced Wednesday in a limited capacity, but his odds of playing dipped when he regressed to no practice participation Thursday. Edwards-Helaire won't be on the field for Friday's practice session either, prompting Reid to rule him out since his shoulder injury "wasn't quite as good" as the team expected following Wednesday's workout, per Matt Derrick of Meanwhile, Darrel Williams (toe) is practicing Friday and is expected to be ready to play Sunday, leaving him in line to serve as Kansas City's lead back for the postseason opener.

Jan 14, 2022 11:25 AM EST

Not spotted at practice

Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) wasn't spotted during the brief media access portion of Friday's practice, Pete Sweeney of and Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star report.

Analysis: Edwards-Helaire didn't practice Thursday, so his absence from the early portion of Friday's session isn't the best sign with regard to his chances of suiting up for Sunday night's game against the Steelers. Friday's final injury report will add further context on that front as well as the status of fellow running back Darrel Williams (toe).

Jan 14, 2022 10:16 AM EST

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