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Chiefs’ Andy Reid says Clyde Edwards-Helaire is better than former All-Pro RB Brian Westbrook

Andy Reid, Chiefs, Clyde Edwards-Helaire

The Kansas City Chiefs added another weapon to their high-powered offense by taking LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the final pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It seems head coach Andy Reid has already placed rather high expectations on him.

According to NFL Network’s James Palmer, Reid says Edwards-Helaire is better than Philadelphia Eagles legendary running back Brian Westbrook:

Brett Veach told Andy Reid to watch some Clyde Edwards-Helaire film and told Reid you’ll see Brian Westbrook. Reid watched. Then got back to Veach and said he’s better than Westbrook.

This is certainly quite the statement going from Reid. After all, he selected Westbrook in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft and helped him emerge as one of the elite running backs of his time. The two-time Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro served as the workhorse of an Eagles offense that made their fair share of runs at a championship early in his career.

Of course, it is difficult to knock the comparison. Like Westbrook, Edwards-Helaire boasts a versatile skill set as not only a capable runner — but as a viable pass-catcher put of the backfield. It is safe to say that expectations will be rather high for him coming in as a rookie.

Although there is already no shortage of firepower in Kansas City, they have doubled down on kicking things up a notch on offense. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has enjoyed a historic two-year span as the starter coming off a Super Bowl win. It will be interesting to see how quickly Edwards-Helaire becomes a new weapon at his disposal.