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Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes comment on Le’Veon Bell’s Chiefs debut

The former All-Pro saw limited work in his Kansas City debut.

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Veteran running back Le’Veon Bell made his Kansas City Chiefs debut on Sunday afternoon in the team’s 43-16 win over the Denver Broncos. Ahead of the game, the Chiefs noted that both Bell and starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire would see action against Denver.

Bell saw touches in the first and third quarters, recording 17 snaps in the game. Edwards-Helaire saw 27 snaps.

“It was great,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said on his Zoom call after the game. “It was two-fold because we had both those guys playing It was great to get Le’Veon in and get him going. I thought he was very productive. There are a couple things he’ll learn from, just with the offense, but I thought the run game part of it was excellent.”

Edwards-Helaire rushed for 46 yards on eight carries (5.8 yards per carry), including an 11-yard touchdown, and Bell had 39 yards on six carries (6.5 yards per carry).

“[Bell] had good, positive yardage and ran hard,” added Reid. “It was great for 25 too, Clyde, coming off six days rest. That’s a new thing for a rookie — how are you going to handle that? I love the way he did. He ran hard and had, again, great production.”

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was pleased with what he saw out of the Chiefs’ new-look run game.

“I thought they did well,” noted Mahomes of the duo. “I thought Clyde obviously continued to put up tough runs and break tackles and get different types of stuff. And I thought Le’Veon did a great job coming in off a week of practice where you only get a couple days and being able to step right in and have a few big runs and really get his footing. Obviously, there’s still some little details that we need to work out here and there, but for someone to come in and have success like that early is really exciting.”