Charcandrick West’s absence could be a bit of a problem for the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s currently out with a concussion and it seems unlikely he would be able to return on the short week to play Thursday night in Oakland.
West is the Chiefs backup running back but he is a good pass blocker as we noticed last week with the block of his career. Kareem Hunt will continue to take the lion’s share of the reps against the Raiders but the Chiefs would sometimes bring West in for obvious passing downs because of his blocking ability.
Now that West may not be there on Thursday, let’s check in on Kareem Hunt’s pass blocking.
Vince Williams baptized Kareem Hunt for two sacks in a span of four plays pic.twitter.com/6aBjSkSsxQ— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) October 16, 2017
This was one of the areas where Jamaal Charles excelled that we never really appreciated. You don’t come out of the womb knowing how to pass block so it’s not surprising a rookie in his sixth start isn’t a master at it. This is where the Chiefs will miss Charcandrick West the most.
The Chiefs other options are CJ Spiller and Akeem Hunt.