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The next running back for the Chiefs will be ....

The Chiefs are in a unique situation. Their franchaise running back is out for the season. Last year, Tampa Bay on September 5, 2010 took a flier on a fiery running back who after attacking a Boise State player in 2009, also attacked a teammate while trying to make the Tennessee Titans. The Titans wanted to put him on the practice squad, but Tampa thought otherwise. They took a chance on Blount. He rushed for 1,000 yards in only 12 games. But he was far from the only successful undrafted free agent (UDFA). The other UDFA running backs who led their team in rushing in 2010 include Arian Foster, Ryan Torrain, Le Garrett Blount, Ben Jarvis Green-Ellis, Fred Jackson and Chris Ivory.

On September 18, 2010 the New England Patriots cherry picked a RB recently released from the New York Jets by the name of Danny Woodhead. This highly productive player from Chadron State ended up being a significant part of a powerhouse rushing attack. On September 18, 2011 the Kansas City Chiefs lost Jamaal Charles. They now can bring in a player that could, I repeat could be a solid backup to Charles in the future.

There are three players who are currently on practice squads that may interest the Chiefs. As far as I know these players are still available to any team willing to make them part of the 53 man roster

. 1. Damien Berry: Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9-1-10: #22 RB, #317/750 Overall,

2010: Second-team All-ACC ... Became just the fifth UM player since 1975 to rush for 100 yards in three straight games (101 at Clemson, 101 vs. Florida State and 111 at Duke) ... Averaged 4.7 yards per carry ... Gained 70 or more all-purpose yards eight times ... Averaged 83.0 all-purpose yards per outing ... Tallied first career receiving touchdown vs. FAMU on a 32-yard strike ... Averaged 9.7 yards per catch ... Played in 12 games, starting 10 ...2009: Team's second-leading rusher with 616 yards on 93 carries and a team-high eight rushing touchdowns ... Averaged 6.6 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in seven of Miami's last nine games Also played on the kickoff coverage team and has six total tackles (five solo, one assisted)...2008: Made the move to running back and excelled on special teams ... Played in seven games on kickoff cover team and recorded three tackles ... Named the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year...2007: Saw action in all 12 games ... Played only on special teams in the first 11 games, but played some safety in the season finale at Boston College, registering one solo tackle ... Registered three solo tackles and five assisted tackles on special teams.

He does not have elite speed, but has fairly good hands. Please note that he is also has experience on special teams which could be a way he contributes very soon.

2. Chris Obonnaya- from U. of Texas through Houston Texans. From NFL Draft Scout Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 7/211 -- Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, 6-0, 220, Texas...Wasn't fulltime starter, but is considered a tough runner with excellent receiving skills. Was recruited to Texas as a receiver. Caught 46 passes last season, averaging 11.7 per catch, and had more receiving yards (540) than rushing (373). - by The Sports Xchange During the preseason he carried 54 times for 192 yards. The Texans use a zone blocking scheme similar to the Chiefs. It is a one cut system that Obonnaya seems to flourish in. The Texans were loaded this preseason with RB as Foster, Tate, Ward and Slayton are all talented.

3. Nic Grigsby ; Miami Dolphins-played college ball at Arizona.

Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9-1-10: #23 RB, #324/750 Overall, 2009: Finished eighth in the Pac-10 in rushing (567) in 2009 despite missing three full games and not being fully healthy (shoulder) in a total of six contests... Averaged 7.2 yards per carry as junior... Had 94-yard run against NAU, the school's longest non-scoring run in history and second-longest run in the UA record book...2008: Honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2008... 2008 total of 13 rushing TDs was the third most in UA single-season history... Had five 100-yard games with season-best 189 yards on 28 totes at WSU... Added 12 receptions for 62 yards...2007: Earned all-league freshman and honorable mention All-America honors from The Sporting News... Second on the team in all-purpose yardage in `07 with 904 yards on 704 rushing yards and 200 catching the ball. >Nic HeGrigsby/Arizona football Videos He is also able to run a sub 4.4 40 yard dash, is strong 21 reps in the bench and explosive with an 11 foot broad jump. He is considered to be a possibility as a kick returner.

The Chiefs may not decide to pick up any of these players. They may decide to get an experienced running back; Portis or Barber for example. They could also decide to pick up a younger player who they believe fits their needs. There is a historical precedent for undrafted/practice squad running backs to be able to make a significant contribution to NFL teams. I posit that one of these three could follow in the path previously trodden by Foster, Woodhead, Ivory and Blount.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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