Mecole Hardman: I really don’t feel pressure, it’s just me having to step up

NFL: JAN 16 AFC Wild Card - Steelers at Chiefs
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Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman missed some practice time after hurting his hamstring last week, but he’s recovered enough to return to the field during this week’s minicamp.

That allows him a chance to continue growing into the new role in the offense that has developed since the trade of Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins earlier this offseason. On Tuesday, Hardman noted that the Chiefs “still have the best quarterback in the NFL, the best tight end in the NFL” and will be leaning on Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce as their offensive drivers.

As a result, Hardman says he isn’t feeling great pressure as he moves into his fourth NFL season.

“I don’t feel no pressure,” Hardman said, via Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star. “I just think it’s one of those things, it’s like a next-man-up mentality. As far as like pressure-wise, I really don’t feel it. I think it’s just me having to step up and be a better overall player than I’ve been the last three years. I don’t feel no pressure.”

New additions JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdez-Scantling, and second-round pick Skyy Moore round out a receiver group that figures to share the wealth more than the Chiefs have seen in the past. That should make it easier for Hardman to feel extra weight on his shoulders as well and the Chiefs hope it will allow their offense to keep rolling without a snag.

3 responses to “Mecole Hardman: I really don’t feel pressure, it’s just me having to step up

  1. I view Hardman, MVS and Schuster as the same players. Relatively good players that have all succeeded as #2’s. Add Moore, Gordon and the undrafted rookie…. At one time they all thought they were going to be #1’s in the nfl. I think 2-3 WR’s could flourish with Mahomes and Kelce, bad thing is WR’s are typically diva’s and something is bound to break. But if they can do it for 1 year, being that Hardman, Gordon and Juju all only have 1 year left in KC. Someone’s bound to separate. Hopefully one of them can prove worthy of a #1, and if not they should have a strong 2-3 for a few years.

  2. I see a more even distribution of passes this year with the departure of Hill along with all the other additions to the roster. But remember Hardman was drafted to possibly replace Hill when he faced all the false accusations by the mother of his son. Hardman is not Tyreek Hill but he does possess similar speed and talent and I think he will fit in nicely in the Chiefs offense this season.

  3. Hardman was actually drafted as an insurance policy back when the Chiefs thought they may have to replace Hill. He’s been a bit player to this point, but the time has come for him to show the skills, talent and consistency it takes to be WR1.

    Now is your time, Mecole. Time to shine.

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