Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Sun 9/26/21 6:21 PM

Hardman secured three of four targets for 33 yards and a touchdown, rushed once for two yards and returned two punts for seven yards in the Chiefs' 30-24 loss to the Chargers on Sunday.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman salvaged an otherwise lackluster fantasy day with his eight-yard scoring grab in the fourth quarter. The third-year speedster thus far has been relatively underwhelming in his No. 2 receiver role, generating an 11-107 line and Sunday's touchdown through three contests. Hardman will look to build up his numbers in a Week 4 road matchup against the Eagles.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Mon 9/20/21 2:40 AM

Hardman had five receptions (eight targets) for 55 yards in Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Ravens.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman saw a huge uptick in targets due to the Ravens constantly doubling Tyreek Hill for the majority of the contest. The 23-year-old could have had a much bigger fantasy impact if Patrick Mahomes didn't uncharacteristically overthrow him on a would-be deep touchdown in the first half. Hardman has the pure speed to put up some big numbers in a given week, but he remains behind both Hill and Travis Kelce in the pecking order, so there will be some inconsistency as the season progresses. The Chargers are up next for Hardman and the Chiefs next Sunday.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Tue 9/14/21 5:02 PM

Hardman secured all three of his targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 33-29 win over the Browns.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman entered Week 1 as the No. 2 wide receiver starting opposite of Tyreek Hill. The 23-year-old did little with that role considering that Patrick Mahomes threw the ball 36 times in the contest. Hardman played on 69 percent of the Chiefs' offensive snaps, which was slightly behind fellow wideout Demarcus Robinson's 74 percent of snaps played. The 2019 second-round pick is an intriguing fantasy player based on his athletic ability and role as the second wide receiver in Kansas City, but it's hard to trust him in lineups until he proves that he can carve out a more prominent role in the Chiefs' high-flying offensive attack.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Thu 9/9/21 6:20 PM

Hardman (oblique) practiced fully Thursday.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman followed up Wednesday's limited session with a full practice Thursday, setting the stage for the 23-year-old to start opposite Tyreek Hill in Sunday's season opener against the Browns. With Sammy Watkins no longer in the mix and Patrick Mahomes as his QB, the door seems wide open for Hardman to improve on the 41/560/4 stat line that he logged in 2020.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Wed 9/8/21 6:07 PM

Hardman (oblique) was a limited practice participant Wednesday.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman made it through training camp healthy and played in all three preseason games, but it seems he's now nicked up with the opener against Cleveland just a few days away. He did play all 16 games in both of his first two NFL seasons, and there hasn't been any indication the oblique injury is serious. A return to full participation Thursday or Friday would clear all doubts as Hardman prepares for a larger role after Sammy Watkins' departure in the offseason.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Fri 8/27/21 11:55 PM

Hardman was not targeted but rushed once for eight yards in Friday night's 28-25 preseason win over the Vikings.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman saw the field with Kansas City's starters before Demarcus Robinson, furthering the notion that his role will be expanded this season following Sammy Watkins' departure. Although he wasn't targeted Friday, the Chiefs still managed to get the ball in Hardman's hands offensively, looking to capitalize on his blazing speed. In such an explosive offense, Hardman is one to watch ahead of the regular season, which will begin for him with a matchup against the Browns.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Fri 8/20/21 11:35 PM

Hardman secured four of eight targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 17-10 preseason win over the Cardinals on Friday night.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman is heading into the regular season with the pressure of serving as a full-time starter for the first time in his career, but his performance Friday supported the notion he could be up to the task. The third-year speedster corralled a 17-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne late in the first half, and he also recorded two receptions for 19 yards while working with Patrick Mahomes earlier in the contest. Hardman could be set for plenty of single coverage in the coming season with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce sure to draw no shortage of defensive attention.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Sun 8/15/21 4:17 PM

Hardman was targeted once during Saturday's 19-16 preseason win over the 49ers but dropped the pass.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman took the field with Patrick Mahomes and the starters on the opening drive. The third-year wideout was targeted on a short third down but dropped the pass. Hardman and Mahomes didn't return to the field the rest of the night. The drop is concerning because Hardman recorded eight of them last season, and he'll need to clean up that part of his game if he wants to retain the No. 2 wideout job left behind by Sammy Watkins. The Chiefs' next preseason game is Friday against the Cardinals.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Mon 6/28/21 12:10 PM

Hardman displayed "sizable improvements" at June minicamp, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic.
EDGE Analysis
The report points to route-running, hands and focus as three areas where the 23-year-old has improved, thereby strengthening his case to replace Sammy Watkins (Ravens) as the Chiefs' No. 2 wide receiver. With fifth-round pick Cornell Powell being the team's most noteworthy wideout addition this offseason, Hardman could end up playing more than three-quarters of the offensive snaps, after logging just 44.9 and 45.3 percent in his first two NFL seasons. Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle are the other candidates to handle the starting job across from Tyreek Hill, but neither Robinson nor Pringle figures to see many targets, regardless of the starter/reserve designation.

Mecole Hardman
WR KC (8)
Sun 2/7/21 11:29 PM

Hardman secured two of six targets for four yards during Kansas City's 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.
EDGE Analysis
Hardman was relatively productive in Kansas City's last two playoff games, with 58 receiving yards against the Browns and a score versus the Bills, but during Super Bowl LV he made a handful of impactful mistakes on both offense and special teams. The second-year wideout looked to be on a different page than Patrick Mahomes all night, and he failed to turn his head in time on two of the occasions that he was targeted in the first half. He also appeared to have been offsides while attempting to block a field goal. Hardman was considered a raw prospect when the Chiefs selected him in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and with Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson both scheduled for free agency the 22-year-old could be staring down increased opportunity for 2021, but at this point it's clear that Hardman still has a ways to go in his development. Through 16 regular season games in 2020, Hardman caught 41 of 62 targets for 560 yards and four scores.