Kansas City Chiefs' rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman has been earning praise from head coach Andy Reid for his impressive work at camp. “He’s a smart kid,” Reid said, per beat writer Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. “I think it was just him getting used to the speed of the game. And then every route here, there’s no route that’s off. Not with a quarterback like we have. You have to run hard on everything. It might look like a clearing route, but you can’t take it that way. That’s not how it works.”
Pryor writes Monday, the last of a current four-day training camp stretch, was Hardman's best and most consistent days yet. She also notes the chemistry between Hardman and quarterback Patrick Mahomes is constantly growing. Hardman was drafted as a potential replacement option for Tyreek Hill, who was facing a suspension but ultimately did not receive one. But it does mean Hardman adds more speed to an already dangerous offense. Hardman still has developing to do and is yet to play an actual NFL game, but early reports are that Hardman is quickly starting to make a name for himself on the practice field. Hardman is also expected to be heavily evaluated as a punt returner.