The Athletic's Nate Taylor reports Chiefs officials are "still bullish" on Mecole Hardman headed into the 2021 season.
One could question to validity of Taylor's claim based on the team's dogged -- and unsuccessful -- pursuit of free agent wide receivers this month. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Corey Davis, T.Y. Hilton, and Josh Reynolds turned down the Chiefs, leaving the team with third-tier free agent options like Golden Tate, Willie Snead, and Larry Fitzgerald. Taylor said an "underrated downside for Hardman last offseason, amid the coronavirus pandemic, is that he wasn’t able to develop his on-field chemistry with Mahomes following a limited role as a rookie." This led to another season of miscommunications with Mahomes, including a couple costly miscues in KC's Super Bowl loss. Lost in Hardman's 2020 season: The second-year receiver saw 21 more targets and had 15 more receptions than he did in his rookie season. Chiefs general manager Brett Veach recently offered support for Hardman as a third pass catching option behind Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. “We’re expecting big things out of Mecole,” Veach said. Veach, Taylor added, could address wideout in the NFL Draft after largely striking out in free agency. Mar 26 8:07 am (EST)
- Mecole Hardman caught 2-of-6 targets for four yards in the Chiefs' Super Bowl loss to the Bucs.
- Mecole Hardman caught 2-of-3 targets for four yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' AFC Championship win over the Bills, adding 50 rushing yards on one attempt.
- Mecole Hardman caught 4-of-4 targets for 58 yards in the Chiefs' Divisional Round win over the Browns, adding a four-yard rush. All Mecole Hardman News
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