West said he dropped 10 pounds during the offseason without losing any strength, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.
West is optimistic the change will make him more explosive, but it's possible the Chiefs might actually want him to put some of the weight back on, as he's already a bit undersized for his position -- listed at 5-foot-10, 205 pounds. A smaller frame would make sense if the Chiefs mostly plan to use West as a pass-catching and chance-of-pace option behind likely lead back Spencer Ware, who consistently out-touched his teammate down the stretch last season. Ware actually had more success than West as a receiver, but the Chiefs might still look to keep Ware fresh by using West more often on passing downs. Both running backs are healthy for the start of the offseason program, and there hasn't been any indication that free-agent signing C.J. Spiller will be a major threat to their joint workload. Of course, the Chiefs could still add a running back in the early or middle rounds of the upcoming draft.
West had 16 carries for 58 yards and caught five all five of his targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 37-27 win at San Diego.
West saw more work than usual with Spencer Ware (ribs) inactive, and took advantage with a receiving touchdown in each half. West's performance was a step up from the last time he saw more of a featured role back in Week 9, when Ware sat out with a concussion. In that game against Jacksonville, West struggled, rushing for just 39 yards on 13 carries. In any case, the Chiefs earned a first-round bye Sunday, so Ware should be ready to roll in a couple of weeks, moving West back to more of a complimentary role.
Fellow RB Knile Davis is also on hand, and the versatile Tyreek Hill is an option to see some carries, but with Ware out, West profiles at the team's lead back Sunday, thus giving him fantasy utility to those scrambling for some late RB help in Week 17.
West carried 14 times for 35 yards and caught one pass for three yards in Sunday's 33-10 win over the Broncos.
Meanwhile, Spencer Ware -- who logged 13 carries for 62 yards and two catches for 20 yards in the contest -- is dealing with sore ribs that limited him Sunday, per ESPN's Adam Teicher. We'll have to see how Ware progresses in the coming days, but if he is limited at all in Week 17, West would potentially be in line for an expanded workload in the Chiefs' regular season finale against the Chargers.
West remains in the backup role to Spencer Ware. He has failed to carry the ball more than four times and reach double-digit rushing yards in the last six weeks. His value sits extremely low with Ware healthy, and there's nothing to suggest things will change anytime soon.
|P2||8/19/17||@ CIN||7:00 pm|
|P3||8/25/17||@ SEA||8:00 pm|
|1||9/7/17||@ NE||8:30 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ HOU||8:30 pm|
|7||10/19/17||@ OAK||8:25 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||6||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||9||160||634||4.0||38||4||4||35|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||15||2||88||293||3.3||28||1||2||14|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||6||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||9||20||214||10.7||80||1||2||2||6|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||15||2||28||188||6.7||28||2||2||0||10|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||6||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||15||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|