Mecole Hardman

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #4
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #4
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Mecole Hardman News

Nursing tweaked hamstring

Coach Andy Reid said Hardman did not practice Thursday because he "tweaked his hamstring" Wednesday, Pete Sweeney of reports.

Analysis: The Chiefs will likely continue to take a cautious approach to Hardman's recovery, as hamstring injuries can linger when rushed. Both Hardman and rookie second-round pick Skyy Moore are currently sitting out OTAs due to hamstring injuries, leaving opportunities for increased reps behind JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. As he heads into his fourth season with Kansas City, Hardman is facing the opportunity to compete for a starting gig once back on the field.

May 27, 2022 6:52 AM EST

Likely in mix to start

Hardman could line up for increased touches in 2022, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Taylor projects Hardman as one of the starting wideouts for the Chiefs, which could finally result in him getting a chance to unlock his full potential after a couple of mediocre campaigns the last two years following an impressive rookie season. Hardman still has plenty of competition for targets, however, with Kansas City having added JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling via free agency and Skyy Moore (hamstring) in the draft, deepening the team's receiving corps.

May 16, 2022 10:02 AM EST

Gains new competition

Hardman has new competition at the wideout position after the Chiefs signed Marquez Valdes-Scantling to a three-year contract Thursday, Tod Palmer of KSHB 41 Kansas City reports.

Analysis: It's still a net gain for Hardman in terms of potential for production in 2022 with Valdes-Scantling swapping in for star wideout Tyreek Hill. However, the Chiefs also picked up first and second-round draft picks in the deal that sent Hill to Miami, so there's a relatively strong chance at least one of those picks will be another wideout.

Mar 25, 2022 11:13 AM EST

Plays key role in OT win

Hardman carried twice for 31 yards and a touchdown and hauled in his lone target for a 26-yard catch-and-run Sunday in the Chiefs' 42-36 overtime win over the Bills in the divisional round.

Analysis: Hardman's 25-yard scamper for a touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in the first half helped give the Chiefs their largest lead (nine points) of the day, but that advantage would prove short lived in a game where both offenses were trading punches throughout. Perhaps Hardman's more pivotal play came in overtime, when he found himself wide open in the flat and picked up several yards after the catch before running out of bounds at the Bills' eight-yard line. On the Chiefs' very next play, quarterback Patrick Mahomes found tight end Travis Kelce in the end zone to send Kansas City to its fourth consecutive AFC Championship Game.

Jan 25, 2022 12:33 PM EST

Steps up in win

Hardman recorded eight receptions on 11 targets for 103 yards in Saturday's 28-24 win over Denver. He added one rush for 10 yards.

Analysis: Tyreek Hill (heel) was hobbled for the majority of the game, so Hardman stepped into the big-play role in the Kansas City offense. His performance was highlighted by gains of 44 and 21 yards, with the former helping secure the win on the final drive of the contest. The end result was his first career game with over 100 receiving yards. Though aided by a 17th game, Hardman also recorded new bests in receptions and yards across his three seasons as a professional.

Jan 8, 2022 6:09 PM EST

Big gain on lone target

Hardman caught his only target for a 53-yard gain Sunday against the Bengals.

Analysis: Hardman saw just 18 offensive snaps in the contest, his third-lowest total of the 2021 season. He did make the most of his one look as a receiver, but his dwindling playing time doesn't bode well for his fantasy prospects moving forward. The third-year wideout hasn't really made the leap many were hoping for and doesn't appear to be headed in a direction toward doing that anytime soon.

Jan 4, 2022 11:36 AM EST

Tallies second TD of 2021

Hardman racked up three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown on five targets Sunday versus the Steelers.

Analysis: After a couple of down weeks in his offensive involvement, Hardman has seen his usage spike again in the last couple of weeks, seeing a combined nine targets. He's also been looked to in the red zone three times in the last pair of weeks, which is a good sign after he went without a look in that area in the two games prior. Even so, Hardman remains off the fantasy radar in most leagues with just 50 catches for 537 yards and a pair of scores on the season.

Dec 28, 2021 6:02 PM EST

Minimal contributions Thursday

Hardman reeled in just two passes for 11 yards on four targets Thursday against the Chargers.

Analysis: Hardman did see his snap percentage jump slightly to 44 on the week after playing just 37 percent of snaps the week prior, though game script likely comes into play in that regard. Hardman did break open in the end zone on what could have been a fourth-down touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes, but Mahomes' pass fell short, preventing Hardman from reaching pay dirt for just the second time this season. He doesn't seem to have much fantasy value for the moment aside from the hope he can control a larger role in the future.

Dec 21, 2021 10:38 AM EST

Makes most of limited work

Hardman snared both of his targets for 59 yards in Sunday's game against the Raiders. He also rushed once for no gain.

Analysis: Hardman did at least see a slight increase in his usage on offense (37 percent of snaps) compared to the last two games (17 percent each) and the third-year wideout made the most of his pair of looks. making grabs of 44 and 15 yards. If Hardman continues to produce on offense and eventually improves as a blocker, he could become a viable fantasy option again at some point. However, that point isn't the present and he can be left on waiver wires in most leagues.

Dec 14, 2021 1:27 PM EST

Playing time decreasing

Hardman saw the field for just nine offensive snaps and caught his only target for 12 yards Sunday against the Broncos.

Analysis: Hardman has seen his playing time shrink to a new low over the past two games, playing a total of 20 offensive snaps between the two. This doesn't bode well for the once-promising young wideout, who has been unable to follow up his 2019 rookie season with the breakout campaign many were hoping to see. Hardman seems to be nothing more than a potential stash in dynasty at this point with hopes of a future turnaround.

Dec 7, 2021 8:57 AM EST

Quiet in win

Hardman caught two of three targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 19-9 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: Hardman played on just 12 of the Chiefs' 68 offensive snaps in the contest, accounting for a season-low 18 percent snap share. The 23-year-old wideout was already struggling to meet expectations for fantasy this season, and his low snap totals over the past two games are not a promising sign for his ability to turn things around in 2021. Kansas City has a bye in Week 12, but Hardman will have the opportunity to bounce back in a Week 13 matchup against a tough Broncos secondary.

Nov 24, 2021 6:13 AM EST

Season-low snap count

Hardman recorded two catches for 27 yards on three targets Sunday against the Raiders.

Analysis: While Hardman's production wasn't too far out of line from what he'd been receiving recently, it's notable his snap count fell to a season-low 23 on offense against Las Vegas. He dropped another pass in the contest, which may be part of the cause for his limited opportunities. Either way, it's not exactly a great sign regarding his fantasy viability for future weeks.

Nov 16, 2021 10:01 AM EST

Another quiet game

Hardman hauled in three of his six targets for 20 yards Sunday against the Packers.

Analysis: Hardman did return to the 60 percent range in terms of snap percentage, which is at least a positive note after he played only 48 percent the week prior. That being said, the third-year wideout was unable to make much out of the extra time on the field. He's not a reliable fantasy option at this point, though Hardman can post the occasional outburst.

Nov 9, 2021 8:43 AM EST

Catches five passes

Hardman caught five of seven targets for 63 yards in Monday night's 20-17 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Hardman trailed only Tyreek Hill in targets and receiving yards, with his long gain of 24 yards marking Kansas City's biggest offensive play of the night. The third-year wideout has now topped 60 yards in three of his last four outings, building some consistency in the passing game. He'll strive to keep his momentum going in a Week 9 showdown against the Packers.

Nov 1, 2021 9:46 PM EST

Quiet versus Titans

Hardman reeled in four of his five targets for 28 yards Sunday against the Titans.

Analysis: After a promising 12-target showing against the Bills in Week 5, Hardman has just a combined 10 targets over the last two weeks, falling in line with most of the rest of 2021. He still doesn't produce consistently enough to warrant fantasy consideration in many formats and it's beginning to look like the anticipated breakout may never come.

Oct 26, 2021 10:32 AM EST

Racks up 62 yards

Hardman recorded four receptions on five targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 31-13 win over Washington.

Analysis: Hardman tallied the Chiefs' longest gain of the game when he hauled in a deep pass for 49 yards late in the first quarter. He was otherwise limited to short gains and also lost a fumble. Even so, Hardman has seen surprisingly consistent target volume early on this season. Through six games, he has 35 targets while his previous career-high is 62 across a full season.

Oct 17, 2021 4:58 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Hardman racked up nine receptions (12 targets) for 76 yards in Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Hardman wasn't able to break off any huge plays as Patrick Mahomes was under duress from the Bills' pass rush for the majority of the game. Those with shares of the wide receiver will be pleased to see how involved the speedster remained in the offense despite the recent addition of Josh Gordon (one catch for 11 yards). Hardman remains a deeper-league option with some upside heading into a Week 6 matchup with Washington.

Oct 10, 2021 11:46 PM EST

Muted day versus Eagles

Hardman reeled in two of his three targets for 6 yards and rushed twice for another 25 yards Sunday versus the Eagles.

Analysis: Hardman saw a season-low offensive snap percentage (54 percent) on the day that matched his season-low target count to go with it. Part of that may be due to the fact that the Chiefs held a comfortable second-half lead that allowed them to run the ball a bit more than in the past, but it still doesn't bode particularly well for future contests, especially with Josh Gordon joining the mix this week.

Oct 5, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Finds end zone in loss

Hardman secured three of four targets for 33 yards and a touchdown, rushed once for two yards and returned two punts for seven yards in the Chiefs' 30-24 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.

Analysis: Hardman salvaged an otherwise lackluster fantasy day with his eight-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter. The third-year speedster has been relatively underwhelming in his No. 2 receiver role thus far, generating an 11-107 line and Sunday's touchdown through three contests. Hardman will look to build up his numbers in a Week 4 road matchup against the Eagles.

Sep 26, 2021 3:21 PM EST

55 yards on SNF

Hardman had five receptions (eight targets) for 55 yards in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Hardman saw a huge uptick in targets due to the Ravens constantly doubling Tyreek Hill for the majority of the contest. The 23-year-old could have had a much bigger fantasy impact if Patrick Mahomes didn't uncharacteristically overthrow him on a would-be deep touchdown in the first half. Hardman has the pure speed to put up some big numbers in a given week, but he remains behind both Hill and Travis Kelce in the pecking order, so there will be some inconsistency as the season progresses. The Chargers are up next for Hardman and the Chiefs next Sunday.

Sep 19, 2021 11:40 PM EST

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