The biggest storyline this week out of Kansas City is the loss of Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles for the season because of a torn ACL suffered last week against Chicago.
Chiefs reporter BJ Kissel, with Kansas City's official website, has one of the best views of the team's options at filling the void and highlighted four options moving forward.
Knile Davis and Charcandrick West were already on the roster, but the Chiefs also might incorporate receiver De'Anthony Thomas, who played running back as a rookie in 2014, to replace the production of Charles. Kansas City also signed Spencer Ware from its practice squad this week. Kissel's notes:
Davis has carried the ball 215 times for 732 yards with 11 touchdowns in 37 career games.
"We have a lot of trust in Knile [Davis]," Reid said on Monday. "He's a one-cut guy and he's going to bring all 225 pounds with him. He's different though than what Jamaal [Charles] was and what Charcandrick [West] is."
On West, Kissel wrote:
After a standout career at Abilene Christian University (Texas) during which he ran for more than 2,000 yards with 8 touchdowns, West was signed by the Chiefs as an undrafted college free agent in the spring of 2014.
West spent OTAs and training camp with the Chiefs and was signed to the practice squad on August 31, 2014.
As for Thomas, who has 19 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown:
Thomas, the second-year scat back out of Oregon, moved from running backs coach Eric Bieniemy's room — where he spent last season as a rookie — to receivers coach David Culley's room, this season.
In any case, Thomas might find himself lining up in the backfield at times again moving forward.
Ware was originally drafted by Seattle in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent this offseason with Kansas City.
On paper and the depth chart, the Chiefs are classified as a 3-4 team, but they offer multiple looks* *for offenses to process and pickup while protecting quarterbacks.
Andrew Krammer of 1500ESPN.com addressed the topic:
*Guard Mike Harris didn't wait until the end of a reporter's question when asked if opponents were breaking out their diverse blitzes agai- *
*So how do you prepare for what you can't always see on film? *
"Our coach is doing a good job, giving different scenarios in practice," Harris said. "As a group, we always watch a cutup of their pressures, from this year and last year, just to see different things they can bring. I feel like Kansas City, they're playing multiple fronts and we just have to adjust to what they're trying to do. If we can do that, we'll be fine."
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