For much of the season, the Kansas City Chiefs offense hasn’t been the one we’ve been used to watching. Obviously, without Tyreek Hill, the team isn’t quite as explosive as it has been in previous years. However, the Chiefs found their guy in rookie wide receiver, Rashee Rice.
Drops were a major issue all year for Kansas City, as guys made some crucial drops in games that played a huge reason in why the team lost. Not only were they dropping the ball, they were often lining up in the wrong spot.
It was just chaos at times, and the team needed Rice to step up. That’s just what he did.
Is There a Relation Between Rashee Rice and Jerry Rice?
If you’re having a good year in the NFL and your last name is Rice, you’re going to get instantly compared to the best receiver ever, Jerry Rice.
Sorry to ruin it for the narrative, but there is no relation between Rashee and Jerry.
Jerry was born in Starkville, MS; while Rashee was born in Texas. While they aren’t related, the young Kansas City WR has done the last name good with an incredible rookie season.
Rashee was drafted by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, with the hopes he could emerge into a reliable receiving threat in the near future. He scored a touchdown in the first game of his career and put together a very solid season in his rookie campaign.
Rashee Rice finished the season with 79 catches for 938 yards and seven touchdowns. More importantly, he continued to develop a rapport with Patrick Mahomes.
In fact, if it wasn’t for the crazy season by Puka Nacua, more people would have talked about Rice’s impressive season.
What makes players great is how they play in the playoffs, and Rice has not missed a beat in the playoffs. He’s taken his game to another level in the postseason and is a big reason why the Chiefs are playing in the Super Bowl.
Through three playoff games, Rice has 20 catches for 225 yards and one touchdown. In his first playoff game against the Miami Dolphins, he had eight catches for 130 yards and a score.
That was the most yards Rice has had in a game this season and only the third game he had 100+ yards all year.
If you would have told the Chiefs he would have this type of rookie season, there isn’t a person in the organization who would have been upset. Will he be able to build off this year and become a true No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL?
That is yet to be seen, but Rice has certainly shown he’s going to be an important part of this offense for the near future.
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