The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Charcandrick West to replace Kareem Hunt at the running back position.
The spot was between West and C.J. Anderson, but ultimately the Chiefs chose West for the position. The 27-year-old had previously played four seasons with the Chiefs.
He appeared in 13 games for the Chiefs last season. But with Spencer Ware returning from injury and the emergence of Hunt, the Chiefs decided to let West go.
According to Ian Rapoport, the final decision to pick West was because of what he can give them over Anderson. West can play special teams along with acting as a third-down back as he has in the past.
The #Chiefs are expected to sign former RB Charcandrick West, sources say. He knows the playbook and will fit right in, filling the void created on the roster by Kareem Hunt. My understanding is FA RB CJ Anderson had a really good workout and is ready if needed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 3, 2018
There’s also the advantage that West has already spent time with head coach Andy Reid, in previous seasons. West knows the playbook so it will take him less time to get familiar with how the team runs offensively.
The Chiefs plan to use Ware as the starting running back for the remainder of the season. While they will look to use West in his familiar role as a third-down back as well as a returner on special teams.
West could prove to be a very effective player for the Chiefs. His most productive season with the team was back in 2015. He appeared in 15 games and rushed for a career-high 634 yards. He also recorded five total touchdowns and averaged 42.3 rushing yards per game.
He also still has the speed to be utilized as a receiver as well. Last season, he caught 27 receptions for 150 yards. The Chiefs should be able to create open looks for West when he is on the field.
Opposing defenses will be focusing their attention on Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce which should open up chances for West. Which will put him in a position to succeed, especially with him not appearing in a game since week 15 of last season.
If West can perform similar to what he has in previous seasons, then he should have no problem attempting to fill the void that Hunt has left. The Chiefs will get their first chance to see West in a live-game this Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
What This Means
The combination of Ware and West can't replace what Hunt is as a player. But, Ware was a top ten running back in the league before he was injured during the 2017 season. So, he will be given the chance to try and recreate that player he once was.
Along with Ware, West is also being given the chance to rejuvenate himself as a player. If they're both able to recapture the quality of players they were, then the Chiefs shouldn't miss having Hunt on their team anytime soon.