Clyde Edwards-Helaire shares how rookie NFL season is similar to start of LSU career
Kansas City did not show an urgent need at running back heading into 2020, but when it came time for the Chiefs to pick at the end of the first round they selected former LSU standout Clyde Edwards-Helaire. As a rookie, Edwards-Helaire finds himself in a running back room with Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson and Darrel Williams. Edwards-Helaire recently shared how it reminds him of showing up at LSU as a freshman coming out of Baton Rouge Catholic.
“It’s like I’m in the same position that I was in three years ago (at LSU),” Edwards-Helaire said in a recent video press conference hosted by the Chiefs. “I was going into a college football room where Leonard (Fournette) had just left and I was there in a room with Derrius Guice, Darrel Williams – who’s actually in the room now – and Nick Brossette. I was going into a stacked room again, and ultimately I went in to learn.
“That’s the biggest thing. If you can learn from guys who have experienced the things that you’re about to encounter, you can only benefit from it. I’m the young guy at 21-years-old, and I’m working. I’m staying in my place and doing what I need to do.”
Andy Reid is sure to appreciate Edwards-Helaire’s approach to his rookie season. The running back also shared his thoughts on how Reid compares to Ed Orgeron.
“It’s hard really to compare and contrast,” Edwards-Helaire said. “The 15 minutes that I was able to sit next to Coach Reid in my Combine meeting, you still can’t get a temperament on a person. But as far as right now, Coach O is the punch-himself-in-the-face type of guy and Coach Reid, from the videos and everything that I’ve seen, he can get fired up and he can make some things happen, and that’s what I love about a coach. And he’s completely genuine.”
More from the video press conference can be viewed here.