These position groups are strong up top and deep as well. Basically, the starters are among the top in the league and even if the starter were to go down I would feel comfortable with their backup filling in adequately.
As we saw last year, the Chiefs were more than capable of picking up the slack at this position following the loss of Jamaal Charles. The duo of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware was one of the top pairs of running backs in the entire league and complemented each other very nicely. With the return of Charles, this now trio is as good as it gets when it comes to the running back position and will play a huge role in the offense this season.
Charles will likely get the majority of the carries, but I believe both West and Ware will still get some decent playing time in order to limit Charles’ workload. I would be very comfortable with a rotation of West and Ware taking over for Charles every third series or so to get everyone involved and stay fresh.
Many scratched their heads following the selection of Mitch Morse in the second round of last year’s draft, but he quickly became a delight to all the Chiefs fans with what he did on the field. Morse’s ability to pick up the center position and then go out and play like a top-five center as a rookie was extremely impressive to say the least.
Unfortunately, concussions put an end to his season (something to monitor with him going forward) but the center position was not doomed as a result. Zach Fulton was able to step in and hold his own as a center very impressively as well. He’s not nearly as athletic as Morse but he’s a straight up mauler in the run game and isn’t a liability in the pass game as he was at guard. Overall, it’s rare for a team to have two, solid centers like Morse and Fulton on their roster.
Some fail to mention Dustin Colquitt as one of the elite punters in the NFL due to his average leg strength, but as far as being able to consistently place punts within opponents’ 10-yard line, get good hangtime on punts in the middle of the field to limit returns, and always get punts off when backed up in the end zone, Colquitt is up there with the best of them. His contract is a little heftier than you’d like for a punter, but for as solid and reliable as he is I think he’s worth all of it.
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