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Chiefs Reveal Major Shakeup to Running Back Depth Chart

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Kansas City Chiefs made a major shakeup to their running back depth chart ahead of Week 7's clash with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Kansas City Chiefs made a major shakeup to their running back depth chart ahead of Week 7's clash with the San Francisco 49ers. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Even after a Week 6 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the Kansas City Chiefs are rolling along during the 2022 season. The team holds a 4-2 record and looks to create separation between themselves and the 4-2 Los Angeles Chargers.

Still, this didn't stop head coach Andy Reid from announcing a major shakeup to the running back depth chart ahead of Week 7.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Chiefs will elect rookie Isiah Pacheco as the official RB1 for their clash with the San Francisco 49ers. Veteran Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who has impressed as both a runner and pass catcher, will slide into the RB2 role.

Despite getting drafted in the first round, Edwards-Helaire never developed into that elite workhorse back. Working in the pass-happy Chiefs offense certainly plays a role, but CEH never saw more than 200 rushing attempts and 803 yards in his first two full NFL seasons.

Now, the Chiefs will look to a rookie taken in the 7th round of the 2022 draft class. Pacheco has only seen limited action up to this point, essentially splitting carriers with RB3 Jerick McKinnon and only commanding 21.2% of the rushing share. He's been able to rack up 4.8 yards per attempt (compared to CEH's 4.3 YPA) and caught both of his only targets.

Rapoport indicated the rookie "stood out" with his pass protection, something that Reid may be interested in against a fierce 49ers defense. San Francisco ranks second in the NFL with 23 sacks and fifth in QB pressures (65).

For now, the Chiefs will look to get to 5-2 on the season, and are considered slim 1.5-point road favorites per NFL odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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