Hardman secured two of three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for 36 yards in the Chiefs' 30-6 win over the Broncos on Thursday.
Hardman was on the receiving end of Patrick Mahomes' only touchdown pass of the night before the latter's exit from the game early in the second quarter with a knee injury. The rookie also flashed his impressive speed on his one punt return and snapped a three-game touchdown-less streak with the aforementioned 21-yard scoring grab in the first quarter. Hardman will look to build on Thursday's performance in a Week 8 matchup against the Packers, a week from Sunday.
Hardman caught all four of his targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Texans.
Hardman tied for second on the team in receptions and finished behind only Tyreek Hill in receiving yards among Chiefs wideouts. While Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was inactive for this one, it was encouraging to see Hardman maintain a role with the rest of the team's top pass-catchers in uniform. He should see a handful of targets Thursday against the Broncos, but he'll remain dependent on big plays.
Hardman caught four passes (six targets) for 79 yards in Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Colts.
Hardman turned in a decent stat line, but Byron Pringle (six catches, 103 yards and a score) came out of nowhere to lead the team in receiving after Sammy Watkins (hamstring) left the game in the first quarter. The four catches and six targets both matched season highs for the speedy rookie, and his playing time could take a hit soon with Tyreek Hill (shoulder) nearing a return to action. Even if the latter doesn't return, Hardman will be a boom-or-bust option against the Texans on Sunday.
Hardman reeled in just two of his five targets for nine yards Sunday against the Lions.
Hardman's snap count percentage equaled that of Week 3 against the Ravens, but he was unable to get much going from a pass-catching perspective. Given his lack of volume, Hardman's fantasy value will mainly be derived from a long touchdown grab as it was in each of the past two weeks. Tyreek Hill's (shoulder) eventual return also figures to eat away at his fantasy value.
Hardman caught two of five targets for 97 yards and a score during Sunday's 33-28 win over the Ravens. He added a seven-yard carry.
Hardman really needed just one snap to make a difference Sunday, racing up the seam for an 83-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. It was Hardman's second-consecutive week with a touchdown of 40 or more yards. Hardman was drafted by Kansas City when Tyreek Hill's future was in question from a legal and league-discipline perspective. With Hill (shoulder) now on the shelf for at least the next few weeks, Hardman should continue terrifying defenses with the big-play ability that caught Kansas City's eye in April.
Hardman caught four of six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Raiders.
His first NFL score came on a 42-yard strike from Patrick Mahomes, part of a four-TD second quarter for the Chiefs' passing game. As expected, Hardman saw an expanded role with Tyreek Hill (collarbone) out of action, but Sammy Watkins led the team in targets and Demarcus Robinson had a massive performance with 172 yards and two scores. The team may not have a true No. 1 WR while Hill is sidelined -- although as Sunday's results showed, there's more than enough production to go around for all three receivers in the league's most potent offense.
Hardman's teammate, Tyreek Hill, is in line to miss a few weeks, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Hardman did not record a catch in Week 1, but news that Hill will miss some time likely foreshadows Hardman -- who the Chiefs selected 56th overall this past April -- seeing added snaps/touches in the team's offense. Considering that he'll be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, Hardman now looks like a player who could carry some fantasy utility in the coming weeks.
Hardman caught three of four targets, accounting for 40 receiving yards during Saturday's 27-17 preseason loss to San Francisco. He added one kick return of 21 yards, as well as a two-yard punt return.
Against the 49ers in Week 3 of preseason play, Hardman flashed the game-breaking ability that convinced Andy Reid and the Chiefs' brass to invest a second-round draft choice in him during April's draft. Hardman was called for an offensive pass interference penalty on a second-quarter drive with Chad Henne leading the charge, but made up for that misstep with receptions of 15, 18 and seven yards -- all from backup quarterback Kyle Shurmur, within a span of six offensive plays on Kansas City's second drive of the third quarter.
Hardman snared one of three targets for a 17-yard touchdown and also netted zero yards on two punt returns in the Chiefs' 17-7 preseason loss to the Steelers on Saturday.
The rookie was responsible for the Chiefs' only touchdown of the night, making his scoring grab on a pass off the arm of Chad Henne in the second quarter. Hardman fared better than his primary competition for the third receiver job, Demarcus Robinson, who finished with one catch for six yards. The two will continue their preseason battle in next Saturday's exhibition tilt against the 49ers.
Hardman (illness) rejoined practice Sunday and snared a broken-play touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes, Matt Derrick of Chiefs Digest reports.
Hardman has gotten off to a strong start early in camp and stated his case for the No. 3 wide receiver role in one of the league's most explosive offenses. The rookie will need to continue to impress to beat out his chief competition in Demarcus Robinson, but Hardman and Tyreek Hill (quadriceps) could combine to provide a pair of burners on the outside for the strong-armed Patrick Mahomes. The presence of Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce may limit the looks headed Hardman's way even if he does secure the starting spot.
Hardman didn't finish Friday's practice because of an illness, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
We don't expect Hardman to miss much, if any, time beyond Friday's session. The report also notes that the rookie pass catcher was very impressive prior to his early exit from practice. Hardman's path to consistent work in the Chiefs' offense is somewhat complicated by the continued presence of Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and tight end Travis Kelce, but if any one of that trio misses time for any reason, it's not hard to imagine the dynamic Hardman absorbing enough touches to make a fantasy splash.
The Chiefs selected Hardman in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 56th overall.
Kansas City needed to address receiver with the uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill, but Hardman going above players like D.K. Metcalf and Hakeem Butler is still a bit of a surprise. That said, Hardman is a different player than those two. He was a five-star athlete coming out of high school who began his University of Georgia career at cornerback before switching to receiver as a sophomore in 2017. Hardman has game-breaking speed (4.33 40-yard dash) as a vertical receiver and immediately fills a need as a downfield threat for Patrick Mahomes. He can also contribute in the return game. In all, Hardman is a toolsy player who is just scratching the surface of his potential at receiver. At 21 years old, Hardman can develop into a major weapon in the Kansas City passing game.
|10||11/10/19||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/19||@ LAC||8:15 pm|
|Bye: Week 12|
|14||12/8/19||@ NE||4:25 pm|
|16||12/22/19||@ CHI||8:20 pm|
|2019||Kansas City Chiefs||7||3||18||319||17.7||83||3||4||2||12|
|2019||Kansas City Chiefs||7||3||2||1||0.5||7||0||0||1|
|2019||Kansas City Chiefs||7||7||155||22.1||29||0||0|
|2019||Kansas City Chiefs||7||2||1||56||28.0||36||0||2|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2019||Kansas City Chiefs||7||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0|