When it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs, there's no doubt that Tyreek Hill — a three-time All-Pro wideout — is the team's top wide receiver. However, with Sammy Watkins departing for the Baltimore Ravens over the offseason, the Chiefs were left without a clear-cut No. 2 WR.
Fortunately, it seems like Kansas City has found its answer as third-year wideout Mecole Hardman has emerged above the likes of Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle on the Chiefs depth chart. While the list may be unofficial and could change throughout training camp, it's encouraging to see that there's enough faith in Hardman to imagine him opening the 2021 season opposite to Hill.
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A second-round selection at the 2019 NFL Draft, it was clear from the start that the Chiefs had high expectations for him. He looked impressive in his rookie season, hauling in 26 balls for 538 receiving yards (20.7 yards per reception) and 6 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he didn't make the leap that Kansas City was hoping for in 2020. Even though Hardman finished with more receptions (41), he only managed 22 more yards (560) and two fewer touchdowns (4).
While his performance was underwhelming, Hardman still finished third on the Chiefs in both receiving yards and touchdowns, so it wasn't all bad, especially when compared to his peers. Robinson has been with the Chiefs since 2016, but he has yet to crack 500 receiving yards in a campaign. Meanwhile, Pringle has just 330 receiving yards and 2 TDs through his first two NFL seasons (mostly due to him playing special teams), so it's not like he's done anything to be favored over Hardman.
Hardman's potential emergence as Kansas City's No. 2 wideout will play a role in whether or not the Chiefs can return to the Super Bowl for the third straight year. As it stands, the Chiefs are FanDuel Sportsbook's favorite to win Super Bowl 56 at +500 odds.
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