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Chiefs OC not worried about Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s pass-blocking

Eric Bieniemy

The Kansas City Chiefs made a big pickup in the NFL Draft by taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd overall pick.

Edwards-Helaire had a big all-around season for LSU last year. He had 1,414 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns and 55 catches for 453 receiving yards.

Edwards-Helaire should figure heavily into Kansas City’s passing game, which frequently utilizes running backs. But one area of concern for Edwards-Helaire as a draft prospect was his pass-blocking.

Eric Bieniemy, who is Kansas City’s offensive coordinator, took some media questions and was asked about Edwards-Helaire and the back’s pass-blocking.

“He does have the willingness to block. And he understands that’s a huge asset that’s going to help him moving forward. But one thing I will say, he does have the attitude and mindset to get it done, so I’m not concerned with that,” Bieniemy said of Edwards-Helaire.

Edwards-Helaire will be competing with Damien Williams and, to a lesser extent, Darwin Thompson, for playing time. Many are projecting a big season from Edwards-Helaire, who should provide a nice boost for the defending Super Bowl champions. Whether he is able to pick up the pass-blocking will factor into how well-rounded he can become as a running back. The positive attitude speaks favorably about his possibility of improving in that regard.

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