The Kansas City Chiefs' strength, their passing game, fell short in the Super Bowl, leading to the reigning champs getting knocked off. Now, attention is turning to how the team can shore up its receiving corps for another run in 2021.
With Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson headed for free agency, how the team handles those receivers will be telling about the trust they have in Mecole Hardman.
Hardman, a second-round pick in 2019, didn't see an emphasis in the passing game despite Watkins struggling with injuries this year. The former Georgia Bulldog had a decent year, grabbing 41 receptions for 560 yards and 4 TDs, but there's questions on if he'd be able to handle an elevated role.
Hardman is known for his speed, averaging 16.4 yards per reception over his first two seasons, although that's only one element to the position. The receiver has earned criticism over his route-running, and that could hinder his ability to step up as the Chiefs' WR2.
The team has already stated their hopes of re-signing Watkins despite having Hardman on the roster, which is a statement in itself on if Hardman is ready for an increased role. It almost seems likely that the team would could outside help if Watkins or Robinson can't be retained, meaning Hardman would be a third or fourth option for the Chiefs once again this season.
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