In football injuries happen. I know that is probably very shocking. In week 3 of the 2017 NFL preseason a couple big playmakers went down with injuries. One of those playmakers was Chiefs running back Spencer Ware who burst onto the scene last year due to injuries to Jamaal Charles knees.
According to Ian Rappaport, Ware is going to, “Miss some time” this season due to a sprained PCL. Ware’s injury opens the door up for someone to make an impact for Kansas City just like Ware did in 2016 by gaining 1,368 scrimmage yards through 14 games.
The two guys who were behind Ware on the depth chart were Charcandrick West and Kareem Hunt. West is entering his 3rd season averaged an unimpressive 3.3 yards per carry last season while the rookie Hunt has impressed at camp.
After Ware’s injury Friday night, Hunt was the only running back to get carries in the first half. Reid was even quoted as saying “[Hunt] learned how fast things can change, where all of a sudden you become that starter,” so it seems as if Hunt has a grip on the starting gig (at least until Ware comes back).
Even when Ware comes back, there is no certainty he will be able to get his job back. Hunt had a successful career at Toledo scoring 45 times in 4 seasons. His senior season was particularly impressive as he caught 41 balls and carried it over 260 times.
Hunt showed during his college career that he is a dynamic football player and it doesn’t look like that is going to change even though the color of his jersey did. He can run between the tackles and catch the ball out of the backfield and that’s what the Chiefs saw when they traded up to draft him.
Further proof that Hunt will become a stud is due to the fact that Andy Reid’s running backs always get a lot of touches whether that be through the passing or running game.
Brian Westbrook made a career under Reid’s offense by catching the ball out of the backfield. Westbrook caught 50 or more passes 5 out of his 8 seasons with the Eagles while still carrying the ball over 230 times 3 times.
When Reid left the Eagles to join the Kansas City Chiefs Reid was gifted by having stud running back Jamaal Charles ready to go. In their first season together, Charles set a career high in catches with 70 while scoring 19 total touchdowns.
No I am not saying Kareeem Hunt is Brian Westbrook or Jamaal Charles but until Ware gets back Hunt is going to get the ball A LOT. The injury to Ware may have just made Hunt the Chiefs number 1 running back and the number 3 receiver behind Travis Kelce and speedster Tyreek Hill and if Kareem the dream starts lighting the world on fire in the first few games Spencer Ware may have to get used to grabbing a seat on the pine.