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Kansas City Chiefs running back outlook right now

What is the Chiefs running back outlook?

By: Jake Rajala

The Kansas City Chiefs possess a greek god-like quarterback in Patrick Mahomes, but it shouldn’t overshadow their other talent in the backfield. They have a superb running back duo with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Ronald Jones. CEH had a bit of a bumpy sophomore season — as he only accumulated 646 total yards and 6 combined touchdowns. It should be noted that he missed seven games last season. The Chiefs 2021 first round pick garnered a pedestrian 64.3 grade by PFF. He will set his sights on bouncing back and even squashing his rookie statistics (1,100 total yds and 5 total TDs) in 2022.

R-Jo’s best season came in 2020 — where he ran angry for 978 rushing yds (including an 98-yard TD) and 7 rushing TDs. He posted the sixth best RB grade by PFF in the same season. Jones unveiled 428 rushing yds and 4 rushing TDs last season. PFF also gave him an 62.3 grade for his 2021 performance.

The Chiefs will also anticipate production from Jerick McKinnon — as he quietly made an impact for KC in the recent post-season — as he notched 300+ all-purpose yds. Jet signed a one-year deal to return to the Chiefs this off-season. Derrick Gore may be the odd man out, but he could stay on the practice squad. Gore had 256 rushing yards and 105 receiving yards last season.

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The Chiefs had the 16th ranked rushing offense last season. They could certainly improve to a Top-10 rushing attack with R-Jo in their mix. A succesful Chiefs rushing attack in 2022 might just pin the Chiefs as Super Bowl LVII favorites.

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