KC Chiefs Have Good Problem at Running Back Position

Chiefs running back Spencer Ware - Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Chiefs running back Spencer Ware - Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports /

The KC Chiefs have an up and coming stud at the running back position in Spencer Ware, but what about when Jamaal Charles is healthy and ready to go?

With Jamaal Charles out for the season opener against the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs needed their next man up to step up. Spencer Ware did just that against the Bolts.

He accounted for 199 total yards on offense (70 on the ground and 129 in the air) and made it into the end zone once. Ware was torching the Chargers all day long, and it showed this team and these fans that they can win without Jamaal Charles.

We all witnessed this last year when Charles went down in week five and missed the rest of the season, but it was hard to tell if Ware would be able to repeat his 2015 success again. He split a lot of time with Charcandrick West, and the two made quite the duo.

In fact, Ware only had six total receptions last season and managed to record seven in one game already. Pretty dang good.

Not only do the Chiefs have Ware, but Charles is going to come back soon and when he does, the Chiefs will have the scariest backfield in the entire league. Kansas City also has Charcandrick West and Knile Davis on their roster as well, both of whom have proven to be decent running backs for the team.

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Davis is mainly a contributor on special teams (he handles kick returns), but he used to be the backup for Charles. Davis was demoted last year once West and Ware stepped up, and it goes to show that once again, this team has a great run game. If Davis is the fourth best running back on the team, that’s pretty good.

While people will start to speculate and say that Charles is no longer needed in Kansas City, that’s crap. He adds yet another scary factor to the team and plus, injuries are a common occurrence in the NFL. If someone goes down, the Chiefs need depth at the position to keep the parade moving.

Teams would kill to have multiple talented backs on their squad, and the Chiefs have just that this season. They have four potential starters, all of whom have had starting experience. That only helps their offense down the stretch.

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Spencer Ware was fun to watch on Sunday, and let’s hope he can keep racking up the yardage even when Jamaal Charles does come back.

There’s no such thing as too many talented running backs on the depth chart.