Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Clyde Edwards-Helaire
22-Year-Old Running BackRB
Kansas City Chiefs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Big things were expected from Edwards-Helaire when he was selected by the defending Super Bowl champions at the end of the first round last year, and the hype only grew after he rushed for 138 yards in his NFL debut. The overall results didn't quite meet expectations, however, as he enjoyed a couple other big performances — including a 161-yard effort against the Bills in Week 6 — before slumping mid-season and later missing Weeks 16-17 and one playoff game with a high-ankle sprain. Still, Edwards-Helaire should be a good fit for Andy Reid's scheme long-term, compensating for average speed (4.60 40) with an impressive combination of power, contact balance, elusiveness and receiving skills. Plus, it's impossible for defenses to key on him, given all the other threats in the Kansas City offense. His touch volume could also grow significantly in 2021, as the Chiefs released Damien Williams (2020 opt out) and brought in only Jerick McKinnon to replace Le'Veon Bell. While McKinnon and Darrel Williams could take away third-down work, neither is a threat to Edwards-Helaire's status as the lead runner and likely goal-line back. Patrick Mahomes will still take a huge share of the offense's volume, but we've already seen Damien Williams and Kareem Hunt enjoy highly productive stretches in pass-happy, high-efficiency Reid/Mahomes attacks. Edwards-Helaire could be the next KC back to shine, running behind a remade O-line led by former Ravens OT Orlando Brown and former Patriots LG Joe Thuney. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.82 million contract with the Chiefs in July of 2020.
Held in check Sunday
RBKansas City Chiefs
September 12, 2021
Edwards-Helaire carried the ball 14 times for 43 yards and caught all three of his targets for 29 yards in Sunday's 33-29 win over the Browns.
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The second-year back's longest run went for only nine yards, as the Browns' defense bottled things up on the ground. No other Kansas City back got more than one carry, however, so at least Edwards-Helaire is very clearly the top option in the backfield. Despite the floor provided by his touch volume, he could struggle to post better numbers on the road against the Ravens in Week 2.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Clyde Edwards-Helaire's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
0.0%
 
Positive Run %
78.6%
 
% Yds After Contact
34.9%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.1
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
17.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
36.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-6.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.13
 
% Team Air Yards
-1.9%
 
% Team Targets
8.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-2.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
100.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
11.7
 
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#% of Team Snaps

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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Ravens pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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@ Ravens
Sunday, Sep 19th at 8:20PM
Overall QB Rating Against
92.7
 
Cornerbacks
77.7
 
Safeties
110.4
 
Linebackers
118.8
 
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2021 Clyde Edwards-Helaire Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Clyde Edwards-Helaire's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 7"
 
Weight
207 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.60 sec
 
Vertical Jump
39.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
29.00 in
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
If any player could be said to have hit the jackpot in the 2020 NFL Draft, it's Edwards-Helaire. Selected by the Chiefs at the end of the first round, the dynamic running back moves from one championship squad to another after he helped LSU to an undefeated season in 2019. At 5-7, 207, Edwards-Helaire was widely seen as the best receiving back in this year's draft class, but he's far from one-dimensional as his power, low center of gravity, elusiveness and vision make him difficult to bring to the ground. Another back with a similar skill set, Brian Westbrook, thrived under Andy Reid in Philadelphia, and CEH seems likely to see a significant role right away in Kansas City's supercharged offense, given the draft capital used to acquire him. Damien Williams initially remained atop the depth chart, but his decision to opt out of the 2020 season could leave Edwards-Helaire unchallenged for the lead backfield role. The upside scenario probably looks similar to what Kareem Hunt did for the Chiefs in 2017 and 2018.
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Practices fully
RBKansas City Chiefs
September 8, 2021
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.
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Says he's ready for Week 1
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ankle
September 8, 2021
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) declared himself "ready to go" for Sunday's regular-season opener against the Browns, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Trending toward playing in Week 1
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ankle
September 6, 2021
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) practiced last week and is trending toward being available for Sunday's season opener against the Browns, Sam McDowell of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Trending toward DNP
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ankle
August 27, 2021
Edwards-Helaire (ankle) isn't in uniform ahead of Friday's preseason game against the Vikings, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
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Likely avoids high-ankle issue
RBKansas City Chiefs
Ankle
August 21, 2021
Coach Andy Reid relayed that the injury Edwards-Helaire suffered Friday night against the Cardinals "doesn't look like a high-ankle sprain," Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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