Mecole Hardman Looking to Gain the Trust of Patrick Mahomes & Chiefs Ahead of 2021 NFL Season

Published 08/02/2021, 12:17 PM EDT
Photo credit – Mecole Hardman Instagram


For the Kansas City Chiefs and star QB Patrick Mahomes, the 2021 NFL season could be all about redemption. Their near-perfect campaign was marred by a nightmare showing in the game that mattered the most. 

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Being trounced by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-9 in Super Bowl LV, the otherwise dominant Chiefs left with heads hanging low. But looking to put their past behind, the franchise is gearing up for what could possibly be a season with another trip to the Super Bowl. 

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While the trio of Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, and Patrick Mahomes is expected to once again lead the team’s offense, wide receiver Mecole Hardman too wants to make an impression. 

Hardman aiming for more targets from Patrick Mahomes  

With the departure of Sammy Watkins over the offseason, Patrick Mahomes will need someone else to step up and be his WR2. And who better than 2019 second-round pick Mecole Hardman. 

The wide receiver managed four touchdowns last season alongside 560 receiving yards. This placed him firmly as the side’s WR3. But now Hardman knows just how important the upcoming season will be to cement his place in the Chiefs’ plans. 

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“It’s probably one of my most important seasons… I think it’s up to me personally to do what I need to do,” Hardman said while talking to ESPN.

Talking about making the right decisions to impact his place in the squad, Hardman outline the need to gain the trust of his quarterback. 

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Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“Take advantage of every opportunity that’s given to me and gain the trust of the coaches, Pat (Mahomes) and my teammates and just show them I can be a viable asset every Sunday or whatever day we’re playing on. It’s kind of that time to just take those challenges head-on and try to prove myself.”

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The Chiefs offense faltered against the Bucs when it mattered the most. While Mahomes was still putting up a valiant effort the rest of the offense just didn’t click. 

But with Mecole Hardman now taking up more targets, he sure will hope to be the X-Factor the Chiefs need.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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