Chiefs trust their running back depth after Spencer Ware injury

AP

The Chiefs parted ways with Jamaal Charles this offseason, and lost Spencer Ware to a knee injury last week.

But Chiefs coach Andy Reid thinks they’ve still got enough depth in the backfield to survive, thanks to rookie Kareem Hunt.

I think we’re going to be OK there,” Reid said, via Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “Now, are we going to replace Spence? No. I mean, he’s a good football player. But the young kid, he’ll step in and he’ll do a nice job for us.”

Ware went down with a torn PCL and LCL in his right knee in last week’s preseason game against the Seahawks, and will need surgery to repair the damage. While they’re still holding out some sliver of hope for second opinions, they’re operating under the assumption it’s season-ending.

Reid said the team would also rotate Charcandrick West and C.J. Spiller into the mix, “but Hunt will probably be working with the ones.”

The third-round pick from Toledo has 18 carries for 79 yards in the preseason, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.

9 responses to “Chiefs trust their running back depth after Spencer Ware injury

  1. Andy Reid also thought an X-Ray’s results was meaningful the other day as it pertained to Ware’s knee…

  2. As has been proven throughout the league, the running back is becoming increasingly interchangeable. It’s the offensive line that makes the biggest difference. Granted Ware’s experience matters, but if the Chiefs line blocks well whoever is back there can have success. The only issue is receiving out of the backfield, a big part of Reid’s offense. If Hunt can catch the Chiefs will be ok.

  3. RB’s are a bigger part of the Chiefs offense than pretty much all other teams in the league, this is really going to hurt them.

  4. Chiefs will be just fine with Kareem Hunt carrying the bulk, and a reinvigorated C.J Spiller getting 4-6 touches a game.
    The Chiefs will still be in the AFC Title game and Kareem Hunt will make Clark Hunt proud

  5. Alex Smith averages about 6 yards per pass so RB is the least important position of KC’s skill positions. Well, actually WR’s with speed are the least important cause Alex can’t hit them. Anyway, they’ll run Hill and Thomas out of the backfield and they’re not true RBs. Ware was good for some of those tough yards but we’ll be alright with Alex’s short pass accuracy.

  6. The Chiefs will have to acquire a rb via trade. West & Spiller are hardly the answer other than for change of pace/3rd down. Maybe the Redskins can unload Matt Jones finally.

  7. mongolchuck says:
    August 28, 2017 at 11:01 am

    As has been proven throughout the league, the running back is becoming increasingly interchangeable. It’s the offensive line that makes the biggest difference.
    —————
    Running backs still have to pick up blocks.

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