Chiefs tale of the tape: Damien Williams vs. Charcandrick West
By Jalon Dodson
Damien Williams and Charcandrick West offer different strengths, but they’re likely competing for the same spot on the Kansas City Chiefs roster.
Earlier this offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs signed former Dolphins running back Damien Williams, a player who never really had a chance to shine when he was playing for the Miami Dolphins.
In four seasons, he only managed to post 133 carries for 477 rushing yards and 85 catches for 733 receiving yards. This may not seem like anything special, but he’s had to sit behind the likes of former teammates Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake, while working his way up the depth chart as a former undrafted free agent.
Does he deserve a shot at playing for the Chiefs? If so, he could help form what could be one of the best running back trios the Chiefs have had—largely due to the presence of Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware. While there’s definitely room for improvement on all fronts for the former undrafted free agent, this video tells me he’d make a great addition to an already solid running back corps:
I don’t know about you, but this video only intrigues me even more about Williams. Can he triumph over Charcandrick West and take over as the third string back?
West has done well as a backup for the Kansas City Chiefs over the last three seasons. The former undrafted free agent has compiled 999 rushing and 552 receiving yards for the Chiefs. This may not seem like much, but as a backup behind Chiefs such as Ware, Jamaal Charles and Hunt, it’s pretty impressive.
Williams isn’t the only one with intriguing plays to check out. Jjust watch this video and you may agree with me that he could continue to be useful as a backup to Hunt and Ware.
His speed and elusiveness makes for a deadly combination of a one-two-three punch with Hunt, Ware and West on the field. Can West beat out Williams and continue to be a viable option as the Chiefs’ third down back?
It’s no secret that West can catch, but the same can be said for Williams. Both have shown off solid hands coming out of the backfield in recent years. Where they differ more is in their build, where Williams (224) weighs 20 pounds more than West (205). In terms of speed, West ran an impressive 40-yard dash in only 4.27 seconds at Abilene Christian which compares well to Williams at 4.45 seconds at the NFL Combine.
I think West’s mix of speed and elusiveness is great for the Chiefs. Unless Williams is a camp standout and completely blows West out of the water, the Chiefs are likely going to stick with Charcandrick West for the 2018 season. This may be a bold prediction, but the Chiefs may have one of the best running back trios we’ve ever seen. One can only hope this one-two-three punch can carry our beloved Kansas City Chiefs through the season.