Aug 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Cyrus Gray (32) runs for yardage during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 41 - 39. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

KC Chiefs: Running Back Summary for First Preseason Game

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The KC Chiefs played their first game of the season last Thursday against the Bengals. Last year, the Chiefs’ offense was electric and was so in large part to starting running back Jamaal Charles.

Charles had an incredible season in 2013 and Chiefs fans are hoping he can replicate his performance this year as well.

The preseason is a great time to see what the rookies and other young guys are made of. This high scoring game between Kansas City and Cincinnati was no exception, as the KC running backs had several opportunities to prove their worth.

Charles didn’t do a whole lot in the game, as there really wasn’t a huge need for him to strain himself. He ended the night with three carries for 12 yards (a seven yard run being his longest) and two receptions for nine yards.

Backup Knile Davis proved himself to Chiefs fans in the playoff game last year. In this preseason game, Davis had two carries for 28 yards (a long of 17 yards) and two receptions for 11 yards. He also fielded one kick return for 22 yards.

The running back with the most impressive night on Thursday was rookie De’Anthony Thomas. Thomas returned a punt 80 yards for a touchdown and looked so freaking fast it was unreal. While that was the highlight for Thomas, it was quite the highlight. Unbelievable speed from this kid.

Cyrus Gray also had an impressive night. Gray recently was demoted behind Thomas on the Chiefs’ first depth chart, but he had a pretty good night on Thursday. Gray had 10 carries for 55 yards and a touchdown that capped off an impressive series by him and quarterback Tyler Bray. Gray’s longest run of the night was for 25 yards.

Rookie Charcandrick West out of Abilene Christian had five carries for 26 yards. His longest run was 14 yards. West should continue to get more carries in the next few games.

Obviously there’s not a whole lot to take away from preseason games, but it was fun watching Gray and the newer guys carry the ball. Expect to see more of Gray, Thomas, and West throughout the rest of the preseason.

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