Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire proved his superstar potential in Week 1 vs. Texans

Chiefs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs last season were the very best team in the NFL as they hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning the Super Bowl. Fast-forward to April’s 2020 NFL Draft, and at the end of the first round it was a case of the rich getting richer. With the final pick of Round 1, the Chiefs selected Clyde Edwards-Helaire, improving at the running back position once that pick was made.

As soon as Edwards-Helaire joined the Chiefs, it improved an already outstanding Kansas City offense because it not only gave Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes another weapon on the offense, it meant some of the pressure would be off the shoulders of Mahomes and the receivers of the Chiefs as well.

Even without there being no preseason games and training camp contact at a minimum this offseason, the Chiefs had to know they drafted a potential superstar, and that was shown in the Week 1 regular-season win by the Chiefs when they defeated the Houston Texans.

From the second quarter on, the Kansas City offense — once they shook off what little rust they had — had their way with the Houston offense, and that included Edwards-Helaire in his NFL debut. Pro Football Focus thought so much of his debut, his first game grade was 74.9.

How good was Edwards-Helaire? Well, he was the best running back on the field for either team, and remember this was just game one of his career. Now what exactly did he accomplish in his first game, and what can be expected of him from here on out?

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