RB Charcandrick West - Free Agent

5-10, 205Born: 6-2-1991College: Abilene ChristianDrafted: ---

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2016 Week 1 vs SD (3 / -1 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 24 / 0 rec)

West figured to get a boost in snaps this week with Jamaal Charles out, but only really factored into the passing game. West rushed the ball 3 times for -1 yards but did reel in 6 catches for 24 yards. West is no more than a deep flex play when Charles is out, and will not factor in much upon his return.

2016 Week 2 vs HOU (6 / 61 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

West has seen his status as the main handcuff to Jamaal Charles fall by the waist side, although it is not really an indictment on him as it is an endorsement for Spencer Ware. On this day however, West was the superior back running the football, gaining 61 yards on six carries. He gained 28 and 21 yards on his long rushes, and provided a spark to an offense that otherwise struggled to move the ball. He was less efficient in the passing game though, gaining only two yards on one catch (2 targets). West has managed to keep his snaps relatively even with Spencer Ware, and Sunday proved why. Although he has not equaled Ware's production, he is a very good back in his own right and should continue to see meaningful playing time as long as Jamaal Charles is out. To that end though, it may not be for long, as Charles is expected to back in Week 3.

2016 Week 3 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)

West had more of a backup role in this one, yielding to Spencer Ware for most of the game. He didn't have the speed to get wide on the good Jets run defense and only made small contributions as a receiver out of the backup.

2016 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 5 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Charcandrick West came in to give workhorse back Spencer Ware a breather, as Jamaal Charles was effectively sidelined for the game. West did good work in pass protection, stoning rushers and affording Alex Smith good time in the pocket. As a runner, West found little joy as he was routinely shut down by an aggressive Saints front seven.

2016 Week 8 vs IND (14 / 52 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

West entered the game in the second half after Ware went down with a concussion, and generally played well in his relief duty. West ran 14 times for 52 yards and caught two passes for eight yards. It was an up and down day for West, as he was held to three yards or less on more than half his touches, but found enough running room to make his rushing total respectable. The one glaring difference between West and his fellow running backs (Ware and Jamaal Charles), was his inability to create big play, something that both Charles and Ware have done very well when given a full workload. Charles and Ware are both questionable to play in week 9, making West a must play in week 9 if he is the only healthy running back on the Chiefs roster.

2016 Week 9 vs JAX (13 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)

Filling in for an injured Spencer Ware, West was given the lion's share of the carries on Sunday, but was unable to provide above average production for a Chiefs offense that depends upon its running backs to move the ball down the field. West ran 13 times for 39 yards, and caught three passes for 35 yards. Coming into the Chief's last possession of the game, West had run 12 times for 24 yards. With Kansas City needing a first down to clinch the game, West did respond by rushing for 14 yard game that secured the victory for the Chiefs. Of West's 13 carries, only four of them went for more than 3 yards. West was not much better in the passing game either, as his receptions went for five, six and 24 yards. Spencer Ware is expected back next week, and judging by West's performance on Sunday, he is no danger of losing his starting job.

2016 Week 17 vs SD (16 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 58 / 2 rec)

Spencer Ware's injury gave Charcandrick West the opportunity for his start of the season, and he did not disappoint, rushing 16 times for 58 yards while also catching five passes for 58 yards and two touchdowns. Ware had a lot of success in the first half of the season, but the second half of the season has been a different story. West was able to bring fresh legs to the Chiefs backfield, and generated big plays in the passing game that had been lacking the last eight games for the Chiefs. West is a fantastic receiver out of the backfield, and in this game, he terrorized the Chargers secondary. On second and four from the Chargers four yard line, Smith ran a play action fake to West, who then slipped out of the backfield and made himself an available receiver. Smith was able to rush out to the right sideline before hitting West in the flat for an easy four yard touchdown. West has not seen the type of opportunity that many thought he would have this year, but after his performance on Sunday, it is clear Kansas City will need his receiving skills to help them run deep in the playoffs.

2015 Week 4 vs CIN (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

West received his first opportunities to produce on the field for 2015. The second-year pro carried the ball five times for 17 yards and caught one of his three targets for four yards. Two of his targets came in the red zone on a fourth quarter scoring drive that resulted in a field goal. Both were short passes from Alex Smith on consecutive plays, one that was off the hands of West and one that was poorly placed on the sidelines. Presumed backup running back Knile Davis did not receive any carries or targets, a possible sign the West has passed him on the depth chart.

2015 Week 5 vs CHI (7 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

West received the majority of work behind Jamaal Charles for the second consecutive week and should be in line for an even bigger workload moving forward. West carried the ball seven times for 31 yards and caught one pass for five yards, but the bigger story is what his contribution and role will be for the rest of the year. Jamaal Charles went down with a non-contact injury in the third quarter while attempting to make a cut. The injury is serious and feared to be a season-ending tear of the ACL in his right knee. Coaches were extremely high on West throughout camp and the preseason and he had already appeared to have bypassed Knile Davis on the depth chart. He's a must add on the waiver wire, but the team will be working out several veteran backs this week to firm up the depth chart. While West is certainly an intriguing add, it will be interesting to see if he assumes a full workload going forward or if the team employs an RBBC approach with Knile Davis or a veteran.

2015 Week 6 vs MIN (9 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Charcandrick West handled the bulk of the carries out of the backfield in the Chiefs first game without Jamaal Charles. As with the rest of the Chiefs offense, West failed to get much of anything going against the Vikings and had little to show for his nine carries, finishing with 33 yards with a long of nine yards. It was not the greatest debut for West in the lead back role as he lost a fumble and was also stopped for no gain on an 4th and one attempt from the Vikings 7-yard line. West caught one of his two pass targets for a gain of six yards. We can probably expect to see a committee approach to running back to continue until we see a standout between West and Knile Davis.

2015 Week 7 vs PIT (22 / 110 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Any doubts about the hierarchy in the Chiefs backfield were seemingly laid to rest on Sunday. Charcandrick West carried the ball 22 times on Sunday and averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the process. He was involved early and often, starting on the opening drive. West took a short right screen pass from Alex Smith 12 yards for his first touch of the day, followed immediately by a nine-yard run off the right tackle. That Chiefs would ultimately settle for a field goal. The Chiefs came to life late in the third quarter for their first touchdown drive, a drive that would see West gain 17 yards and put the finishing touches on it with a 1-yard score. West would break a 36-yard run in the fourth quarter to bring the Chiefs into the red zone, a drive that would be finished with a six-yard touchdown connection from Alex Smith to Chris Conley. The coaches seem to have placed their faith in West for lead back duties, it will be interesting to see if that continues to translate into production.

2015 Week 8 vs DET (20 / 97 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 25 / 0 rec)

Charcandrick West once again dominated the workload in the Chiefs backfield, carrying the ball for 20 of the team's 32 total rushing attempts. After being somewhat held in check through the team's first three drives of the game, West came to life on the fourth possession. West gained 21 of the team's 22 yards on the drive, highlighted by a 15-yard run to the right that brought the Chiefs into the red zone. He had a 13-yard run to the right on the next drive out of a similar formation, taking the handoff from Alex Smith out of the shotgun to bring the Chiefs to the Lions 8-yard line. West would finish things off on the next play with an eight-yard score. He would save his most explosive play for late in the game, taking another handoff out of the shotgun formation this time from Chase Daniel to the right for a 32-yard gain. West averaged 4.8 yards per carry and also caught four passes for 25 yards. He appears to be fully in control of lead back duties with 42 carries over the past two games.

2015 Week 10 vs DEN (24 / 69 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 92 / 1 rec)

Concerns about Charcandrick West's ability to handle lead back duties for the Chiefs are quickly being put to rest. West put forth a dominant performance against the Broncos, scoring both of the Chiefs touchdowns and contributing 161 combined yards. The game plan called for West early and often, starting on the Chiefs opening possession. West accounted for 25 of the Chiefs 31 yards on their opening scoring drive which culminated with his scoring on a 4-yard run. After the Chiefs settled for five field goals on their ensuing scoring drives, they would find the end zone again in the fourth quarter. After being stopped for a 1-yard gain on the first play of the drive, West would not be denied on the next play. West would take a short pass from Alex Smith 80 yards into the end zone, showing off his electrifying ability the whole length of the play. He is firmly entrenched as the lead back for the Chiefs and quickly moving up the ranks of running backs for the stretch run of the season.

2015 Week 11 vs SD (11 / 16 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 48 / 0 rec)

Charcandrick West was bottled up on the ground by the Chargers defense in the first half as he was only able to gain 16 yards on 11 carries, but one of his two receptions turned out to be the biggest passing play of the game for the Chiefs. Facing 2nd and 6 on the Chiefs second possession, Alex Smith hit West with a short pass that he was able to extend for a 47-yard gain. The drive was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by defensive tackle Dontari Poe after West was stuffed at the one-yard line on third down. West exited the game in the second half with a hamstring strain. Spencer Ware came on in relief and exploded for 101 combined yards and two scores. West is considered day-to-day at this point.

2015 Week 13 vs OAK (9 / 35 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

West returned from injury and found himself in a committee situation with backfield-mate Spencer Ware, who performed very well in the absence of West. Neither back was terribly productive this week against a pretty solid Raiders run defense as the duo combined for only 61 yards and a score. West carried the ball for nine of the team's 22 total rushing attempts, picking up 35 yards in the process and chipping in two catches on three targets for nine yards. West's longest run of the day came in the third quarter as he found the hole up the middle for an 18-yard gain on a drive that would culminate with a 10-yard touchdown run from Ware. The committee approach is likely to continue in Kansas City, which tempers expectations for both West and Ware as fantasy prospects but is likely the right move for the team as it continues to push for a playoff berth.

2015 Week 14 vs SD (10 / 54 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The Chiefs again employed the running back by committee approach with both Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware seeing their fair share of carries, 10 for West versus eight for Ware. West's longest run of the day would come in the third quarter. Facing first and ten at the Chargers 43-yard line, West would take the handoff from Smith around the left end and advance it for a 15-yard gain before he was pushed out of bounds. All told, it was a quiet offensive game for both the Chiefs and Chargers as the game was played in some rough conditions. We can expect the backfield by committee approach to continue for the remainder of the season.

2015 Week 15 vs BAL (16 / 76 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

The committee approach in the Chiefs backfield was given the week off as an injured Spencer Ware was able to dress for emergency needs but did not see any action, leaving lead back duties in the hands of Charcandrick West, who would carry the ball 16 times on Sunday. West was involved early and often on the team's opening drive, a 10-play, 89-yard effort that West would cap off with a 38-yard run, his longest of the day. Facing 3rd and 1 from the Ravens 38, West would take the handoff from Alex Smith and explode off the left tackle to pay dirt. The 38-yard gain would account for half of West's rushing yardage, with the remainder of his day consisting of mainly short gains. We expect the committee approach to return once Ware is fully healed up, but West has shown that he's more than capable of handling lead back duties several times this year.

2015 Week 16 vs CLE (14 / 62 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)

The bulk of the workload in the backfield on Sunday fell to Charcandrick West, who would account for 14 of the Chiefs 27 rushing attempts against the Browns. An offense that appeared to be in control at the start of the game fell flat as the day moved along. All 17 of the Chiefs points would come before halftime, as would West's largest contribution of the day. On the first play of the Chiefs second possession, West would take the handoff from Alex Smith and burst around the left end for a 22-yard gain before being pushed out of bounds at the Browns 38-yard line. The drive would end with a Cairo Santos field goal to put the Chiefs up 10-0. The second half would find the Browns dominating time of possession and the Chiefs hanging on for a closer than expected 17-13 win. Spencer Ware saw some action this week after remaining on the sideline in Week 15, but it's unclear if West will maintain control of the backfield or if a committee approach will return in Week 17.

2015 Week 17 vs OAK (13 / 34 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -2 / 0 rec)

After handling the bulk of the work in the Chiefs backfield for two consecutive games, Charcandrick West found himself in a committee with Spencer Ware once again. West carried the ball 13 times versus 16 carries for Ware, with Ware posting the more productive day with 76 yards and a score versus West's 34 rushing yards, 13 of which came on a single run on the Chiefs first possession. Facing 2nd and 10 from the Chiefs 38-yard line, West took the handoff from Alex Smith through a hole up the middle for a 13-yard gain. West was basically held in check for the remainder of the game. It's safe to assume the committee approach will remain in place for the first round of the playoffs and beyond if the Chiefs advance.

2015 Week 18 vs HOU (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

The committee approach in the backfield became a bit one-sided in terms of responsibility as Charcandrick West saw Spencer Ware receive double the number of carries in the team's Wild Card victory over the Texans on Saturday. West carried the ball eight times and averaged 3.3 yards per carry versus 16 carries for Ware, who averaged 4.2 yards per carry and also received the nod for a red zone opportunity in the fourth quarter, which he was able to convert into a five-yard touchdown run. As for West, his longest run of the day would come in the second quarter. Facing 2nd and 9 from the Texans 38-yard line, West took the handoff from Alex Smith and was able to find the hole up the middle for a six-yard gain. As the game moved along in the second half, Ware received the bulk of the carries. We'll have to wait and see how the workload shakes out for this week's matchup against the Patriots, but the edge goes to Ware based on carries and red zone opportunity.

2015 Week 19 vs NE (17 / 61 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

A week after seemingly being bypassed by Spencer Ware in the workload department, Charcandrick West was tasked with primary ball carrier duties in Saturday's Divisional Round defeat at the hands of the Patriots. Ware's status was in question heading in to the game due to an ankle injury. He was ultimately active, but apparently only available for emergency duty as he did not carry the ball once. That placed the bulk of the workload squarely on West's shoulders as he carried the ball 17 times compared to six for Knile Davis, who handled change of pace duties. West was contained for much of the day along with the rest of the Chiefs offense but did his part to keep the Chiefs in the game. He would break his longest run of the day late in the second quarter. Facing 1st and 10 from the Chiefs 34-yard line, West took the handoff from Alex Smith and was able to burst off of the left tackle for a 17-yard gain. He finished off the Chiefs lengthy scoring drive towards the end of the fourth quarter with a one-yard touchdown run to close the gap to 27-20. West filled in admirably this season for an injured Jamaal Charles, both when tasked with lead back duties and when thrust into a committee with Ware. He'll enter the offseason in the same spot as he began the season: a great handcuff for Charles and a must-add on the waiver wire in the event of injury.