In many respects, their decision on whether to draft a running back could be a referendum on McCluster and how much the Chiefs believe they can reasonably squeeze from his 5-feet-8, 170-pound body.
“You have to be cognizant of his size and the limitations that size presents,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “But he also brings play-making ability. If you manage him well, you can get a lot of good plays out of him and not expose him too much to the rigors of that position.”
It’s a balancing act that hasn’t been simple for the Chiefs. After the Chiefs lost Charles for the season in the second game, McCluster by far supplied more runs of 10 or more yards than either Jones or Battle.