Camp Preview: Kansas City Chiefs Running Backs


The Kansas City Chiefs’ 2014 season is right around the corner, which means one thing: Training Camp is comin’, ya’ll.

We will be breaking down the Chiefs position-by-position over the next few weeks to get you prepared for Training Camp positional battles, and the pre-season as a whole.

Previous training camp breakdowns:

Day 1 – Quarterbacks

Running Back Depth Chart:

1) Jamaal Charles

2) Knile Davis

3) Cyrus Gray

4) Joe McKnight

5) De’Anthony Thomas

Top Questions Heading into 2014:

3) Can the Chiefs get any production from the bottom half of the depth chart?

2) Will Knile Davis continue to develop into a capable NFL running back? Also, has he solved his fumbling issues?

1) Can Jamaal Charles replicate his production in 2014?

cover32’s Analysis of the Chiefs RBs:

Jamaal Charles’ 2013 season is hard to put into perspective. It was incredible, fun, and historic. The question is this: Can he repeat it? We won’t know that answer for another couple months, but I see no reason to believe he can not.

Charles is an all-time talent.

Let that sink in for a second. Think about what you’ve been watching over the last five-plus seasons in Kansas City. It’s not an exaggeration. Charles is the 3rd on the Chiefs’ list of all time leading rushers, and he will be the leader on that list if stays healthy this year (knock, knock) – needing only 250 yards to pass Priest Holmes to become Kansas City’s all-time leading rusher.

And what Charles has done, and can do, is not limited to Chiefs history. He’s 4th all time in yards per attempt. Last season Charles rushed for 1,287 yards and racked up 693 yards receiving. There are only nine players in NFL history that have rushed for at least 1,250 yards while adding at least 650 yards receiving.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. You get it. Jamaal Charles is really good.

But here’s the thing: he has to be.

For the Chiefs to reach their potential, Charles has to at least match his production from 2013. The Chiefs didn’t add any real offensive weapons in the offseason. Charles has to be just as good as he was last year for Kansas City to have any sort of offensive production.

So Charles has to be great. What else can the Chiefs get from their running backs?

That’s a good question. Knile Davis is coming off a broken leg, but all reports indicate he’ll be fine come Training Camp. After that, the Chiefs have a lot of question marks and guys they won’t/shouldn’t expect much from.

Joe McKnight and Cyrus Gray are both questionable to make the roster, and anything De’Anthony Thomas gives the Chiefs at running back this year is icing on the cake.

I like what the Chiefs have at running back. It’s a position that fans can feel comfortable with going into Training Camp, which very few teams can say in this day in age in the NFL.

The biggest question facing the Chiefs running backs going into training camp is who will be the third string running back. And that’s a good thing.

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