The Facts: Damien Williams will go to training camp as the Chiefs’ starting running back. He likely starts the season as the lead back, too. Williams earned that with what he did last season. But the Chiefs didn’t use a first-round choice on Edwards-Helaire to have him sit and watch. He will play, and play a lot, if not start. “I think the kid’s got some special traits, but I also believe our players are going to help him to grow to become even more of a special contributor when it’s all said and done with,” OC Eric Bieniemy said Tuesday on a video call with beat writers.
Diehards Line: Edwards-Helaire ranks among the favorites for offensive rookie of the year. He looks like a perfect fit for what the Chiefs do on offense, giving Andy Reid, Bieniemy and Patrick Mahomes yet another weapon. The concern with any rookie back is blocking. Edwards-Helaire still has a lot to learn, especially as a blocker. But his high-end production as both a runner and receiver on last year's National Championship club at LSU s impossible to ignore.