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Mecole Hardman catches TD, but has uneven night in Week 2 NFL preseason

Chiefs WR Maecole Hardmans had an uneven game in Week 2 of the NFL preseason. We recap his performance.

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) celebrates his touchdown catch against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs gave Patrick ahomes three drives in the second preseason game, but he didn’t have Tyreek Hill to throw to, as Hill rested. Hill’s absence gave Mecole Hardman a good chance to see work with the first team. On the very first drive Hardman saw a whopping five targets on their first drive, but caught just two passes for 19 yards.

Mahomes was visibly upset with Hardman on a couple routes, as he wanted the receiver to make better decisions on his routes.

Hardman was able to find the end zone in the second quarter after backup quarterback Chad Henne came in, which had to help his psyche a bit.

It wasn’t all bad for Hardman, but we also saw Byron Pringle make some nice plays in this game, as he had 4 receptions for 63 yards and hauled in a difficult catch.

Hardman ended up with four receptions for 39 yards and the touchdowns and was heavily targeted. He continues to be a work in progress, but the Chiefs appear to like him as the No. 2 receiver going into 2021.