Three weeks into the regular season TGH takes a look at how the Chiefs rookie class is performing thus far with the Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Report.
RB Isiah Pacheco
Surprising to most, seventh-round draft pick out of Rutgers, Isiah Pacheco has been somewhat active to start the season. Pacheco has been seeing spot playing time so far this season.
The first-year running back had a great start to his season against the Arizona Cardinals. Pacheco scampered for 65 rushing yards on 12 carries. This production was mostly seen during garbage time of this game as the Chiefs were well on their way to victory. But this was still a very nice confidence-building game for the young running back.
Since then the Chiefs have found themselves in close games where they relied on veteran players. Since week one Pacheco has only seen five carries as Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon have seen the bulk of the snaps.
DE George Karlaftis
The first-round draft pick George Karlaftis has seen significant playing time thus far. Karlaftis is mostly used as a rotational player during the first three games of the regular season.
The rookie defensive end has yet to produce in the pass rushing department but has gathered up six tackles. Furthermore, he has batted down two passes to help out in pass defense.
Karlaftis is expected to produce more QB pressures than he has thus far, but that will come with more experience and playing time. His playing time will only increase from here so we will see what type of production he will bring to the defense.
WR Skyy Moore
Second-round wide receiver Skyy Moore has yet to produce in the NFL. During the preseason Moore was expected to see spot playing time. Also, Moore is the primary punt returner.
So far this season Moore only has one reception for 30 yards. He has yet to see the field on offense in a significant way. He does see the field on special teams though, as the primary punt returner for the team. In the Chiefs’ stunning loss to the Colts this past week, Moore fumbled a punt and ultimately turned the ball over in a key point in the game.
Moore might not see any more time on offense soon. The Chiefs have a very tough schedule and cannot afford to risk snaps to a struggling rookie.
CB Trent McDuffie
The other first-round pick for the Chiefs was set to be one of the starting corners this year. But a promising rookie campaign was cut short in the season opener against the Cardinals.
McDuffie suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on Kansas City’s Injured Reserve list. He is expected to make a return in either weeks 7 or 8.
This concludes this version of the Kansas City Chiefs Rookie Report.