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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Running Back Competition Breakdown

CharlesInjuryWhen Jamaal Charles tore his ACL against the Chicago Bears last season there were a lot of questions about the Chiefs depth at running back. Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware helped carry the load and each had over 400 total yards. The Chiefs signed both players to a two-year contract this offseason and it provides the Chiefs important depth at running back.


Jamaal Charles has suffered two ACL tears in his career and will turn 30 in December. It is important for the Chiefs to have reliable depth behind Charles. West and Ware are both 24 and still have not hit the peak years for a running back in the NFL. The Chiefs will eventually need to find a successor to Charles and the winner of the West-Ware battle could be the Chiefs next star running back.


CharcandrickWestIt will be interesting to see how the Chiefs split the carries this season. They have three very good running backs this season and they will likely go with who is hot any given week. Jamaal Charles because of age and injury history will likely be used in the passing game and Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware will probably be used between the tackles.


Knile Davis and Darrin Reaves are the other two running backs on the Chiefs roster. Knile Davis was used sparingly last season but made a big impact on special teams. Darrin Reaves was on the practice squad last season and it is unlikely that he will see playing time this season.


The running back competition will be interesting for the Chiefs this year. The Chiefs have three potential starters; including four time Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles. Knile Davis will also compete for a roster spot as a kick returner. The Chiefs have a lot of depth and experience at running back, which makes the competition intriguing.

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