Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman made an incredible catch-and-run for a 63-yard touchdown, putting his side up 29-20 at the beginning of the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans.
It was the first target for the 21-year-old, and the jump from quarterback Patrick Mahomes prior to launching the football made it even more highlight-worthy. Hardman’s touchdown run now makes it now three different receivers to score against the Titans, with Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce already adding to Kansas City’s tally earlier in the afternoon.
Hill, who scared most of Chiefs Kingdom after going down shortly before halftime on his left shoulder, made a statement to open the second half on a stunning 11-yard catch by the reigning MVP.
Healthy Slate of Receivers Heading Into Playoff Contention
As the push for playoff contention gets closer every week, the Chiefs absolutely need a healthy roster of men in order to compete alongside the best teams in the AFC. Thankfully, Hill’s tackle that left him sore proved to be less serious than imagined. With Hardman proving himself to be a reliable catcher when given the opportunity, he serves as a great backup should Kansas City opt to rest Hill at any point this season.
Slow to start this year, Travis Kelce has been incredible to watch as of late and continues to improve each game. In fact, the 30-year-old passed Cowboys tight end Jason Witten on Sunday for the fourth-most receiving yards by a tight end in an athlete’s first seven season in the NFL with 5,977 yards.
Kelce only needs 303 more yards this season to pass Green Bay’s Jimmy Graham. With just six games left in the regular season, it’s likely he could reach that feat.
Chiefs Run Game Finally Showing Consistency
Since Kareem Hunt departed, the Chiefs run game was arguably the weakest of their offensive playbook. With Damien Williams now finding his groove, that could soon change. The former Oklahoma Sooner shocked audiences last week when he took off on a 91-yard touchdown run against the Minnesota Vikings, earning the honors of the longest run of the season thus far.
In Week 8, Williams had seven carries for 30 yards and played 25 snaps. On the season, Williams has 60 carries for 225 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards per carry. While he didn’t record a touchdown run this week, Williams did add 77 more yards to his season total, making another statement case as to why he deserves the title of RB1. He sat out two game earlier this season nursing a knee injury, but has looked better than ever since returning.
Should he need a breather for any reason, Kansas City can also rely on LeSean McCoy, who was ruled inactive on Sunday as a healthy scratch. McCoy, who played under Reid in Philadelphia with the Eagles and now in Kansas City, has 72 carries for 371 yards and two touchdowns in nine games for the Chiefs, averaging 5.2 yards per carry, but two fumbles on the season.
With two healthy and able receivers, Reid has a tough task ahead of him naming who will take the first offensive snap when the Chiefs battle the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City next week.