Kansas City Chiefs receiver, Mecole Hardman, is expected to fill the WR2 role heading into training camp, per Nate Taylor.
Hardman has reportedly performed strongly at OTA’s. He has shown flashes of being an electric receiver in the NFL. Chiefs fans are hoping he can show more consistency this year. He will fall in behind Tyreek Hill on the depth chart.
Hardman will have a chance to live up to the expectations that come with being a receiver in the KC offense. In his 2 NFL seasons, he only has 1,098 yards and 10 touchdowns, while playing two full 16 game seasons.
So far, Hardman’s production has not lived up to the lofty expectations of being a second-round pick. Hardman is widely known for his 4.33 40-yard-dash time. Drafted in 2019 mainly for his elite speed, the former Georgia Bulldog was the second-highest Kansas City receiver statistically last season.
He totaled a meager 560 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 41 catches on 62 targets. In the past, he has become lost in the mix of Chiefs receivers including Demarcus Robinson and Sammy Watkins.
With the recent departure of Watkins and new additions to the offensive line, this could be a breakout season for Hardman. He’s one of the most versatile players in the league.
It seems Hardman will most certainly get more usage this year. The Chiefs coach, Andy Reid, is one of the sharpest offensive minds in the game. Hardman will most likely see more targets than he has in the past, and that could make him fantasy relevant this season.
Add in having one of the strongest quarterbacks in the game in Patrick Mahomes, as well as Tyreek Hill on the opposite sideline to distract opposing defenses, the sky is the limit for this young player.