No. 4: Running Back Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Yes, the Chiefs have an outstanding pass offense with a variety of weapons who can do damage at any time and from any point on the field. That’s a given.
While Kansas City boasted only the league’s 16th-best rushing offense in 2020, it’s still a facet head coach Andy Reid will rely upon heavily despite knowing the Buccaneers owned the NFL’s top run defense last season while giving up an average of just 3.6 yards per carry.
But rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is more than just a rushing weapon. True, he was all but limited by the Buffalo Bills and saw more looks go to fellow running back Darrel Williams in the AFC Championship game.
Yet Edwards-Helaire could be far more explosive, particularly factoring in his versatility as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Edwards-Helaire managed 297 receiving yards on 36 receptions. When combined with his 803 rush yards, Edwards-Helaire put together 1,100 total yards from scrimmage.
That mark was third most among all Chiefs offensive players.
While the Buccaneers are poised to handle their business against Edwards-Helaire’s rushing attempts, keeping him from making an impact in the receiving game will be just as critical.