One of the more competitive positions on the Kansas City Chiefs roster right now is at running back.
Behind starter Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs have returners Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, in addition to veteran newcomers Damien Williams and Kerwynn Williams and undrafted rookie Darrel Williams.
At the 53-man roster deadline in 2017, the Chiefs, thanks to the injury to Ware, were left with two backs. It’s safe to say won’t be happening this year.
“We’re going to watch these guys compete,” offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. “Obviously, there’s a good number of backs here that we have, and we’re very, very blessed and fortunate, but we just want to see these guys compete each and every day.
“Without competition, it won’t bring out the best, so we want to see the best from each and every one of them each and every day.”
Bieniemy was the Chiefs’ running backs coach for five years, from 2013-17, before his promotion to offensive coordinator this season. In that time span, he has seen six different running back groups, which included all-time franchise leading rusher Jamaal Charles.
Over the years, Bieniemy says the Chiefs have gotten better and better at the position.
“Ever since I’ve been here, we’ve always had a very unique group of runners,” Bieniemy said. “This group here—and I’d probably say this each and every year—I think the talent pool has gotten deeper. I look forward to it because, why? It brings out the best in each and every player.
“Looking forward to watching them guys work each and every day and looking forward to seeing them compete and not taking anything for granted. That’s what excites me about that room.”
With Ware’s restructuring his contract earlier this week, the No. 2 running back position is wide open. How many running backs, as well as which running backs the Chiefs keep are anyone’s guess at this point.