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Tracking Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s NFL debut performance vs. Texans

Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire is making his NFL debut as the team’s starting running back. We break down his Week 1 performance.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire of the Kansas City Chiefs scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the third quarter at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Final update — The Chiefs’ star rookie had an electric debut and finished with 25 carries for 138 yards and a score. He came close to reaching the end zone a second time down the stretch, but go stuffed at the goal line multiple times before the Chiefs kicked a field goal to secure their 34-20 victory. If this was Kansas City easing CEH into things, his ceiling should be sky high.

Third quarter update — Edwards-Helaire leads all players in carries (14) and rushing yards (109). The Chiefs have yet to attempt a pass to the versatile back, but he’s thriving in zone schemes and has continued to find holes and break tackles. Williams has seven carries for 23 yards in a backup role and has caught two passes for seven yards.

Highlight — It was only a matter of time before Edwards-Helaire broke off a big play, and he did just that in the third quarter by taking a 27-yard run to the house. He has 12 carries for 102 yards and a score and could be one of the most exciting running backs we see this year.

Halftime update — Edwards-Helaire has been very efficient so far and has 10 carries for 64 yards. While he hasn’t reached the end zone yet, he’s managed to consistently gain positive yardage. He hasn’t even gotten involved in the passing game yet. If he does, he could be even more dangerous in the second half. The Chiefs hold a 17-7 lead.

First quarter update — Edwards-Helaire showcased some power running by breaking a few tackles inside the red zone. He finished the quarter with four carries for 24 yards and has made the most of his touches so far.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has lofty expectations to live up to in his rookie year, and it all begins with his pro debut against the Houston Texans on Thursday. The versatile rookie running back claimed the RB1 job after Damien Williams opted out for the 2020 season, and we’ll be tracking his performance in Week 1 here.

Edwards-Helaire notched two carries for six yards in Kansas City’s opening drive before being relieved by Darrel Williams, who extended the drive by catching a screen pass for a first down. The Chiefs didn’t go back to him after the first two plays of the game and ended their first drive with a punt after a Demarcus Robinson touchdown receptions was taken back.