Ware carried the ball once for a three-yard gain during Sunday's 42-37 win over the Steelers. After a modest showing in Week 1, Ware's role in the offense shrank further in Week 2, even after the Chiefs jumped out to a big early lead. Through two weeks, the Kansas City offense is actually more balanced (51/49 pass/run so far, versus 57/43 in 2017), and starter Kareem Hunt is getting a smaller cut of those carries (65.4 percent versus 67.2 percent in 2017). However, the production has just not been there yet for Ware. It might be appealing to add any member of the Chiefs' high-flying offense at this point, but hold off on Ware.
Ware had three carries for 32 yards and caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 38-28 win over the Chargers. All four of Ware's touches came in the first half, either on third down or while the Chiefs were running their no-huddle offense before halftime. Meanwhile, Kareem Hunt was held in check, rushing for 49 yards on 16 carries. After suffering a torn PCL and LCL last season, Ware looks healthy, but isn't likely to see a lot of work unless something happens to Hunt.
Ware (knee) toted the rock three times for three yards and caught one pass on two targets for one yard in Saturday's preseason game against the Bears. Ware figures to slot in as Kareem Hunt's top backup for the Chiefs this season, but is still getting his feet wet in terms of live action, with Saturday's game marking his first since he suffered a torn PCL and LCL last season. There's a decent chance he will see some more work in the preseason finale with the starters slated to sit out the contest.
Ware (knee) is scheduled to play in Saturday's preseason game against Chicago, Matt McMullen of the Chiefs' official websit reports. "There's a chance [Ware plays]. I'm going to see how he does during the warmups, but right now, he's scheduled to play," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday. "We'll just see how he feels - especially after today." Bouncing back from PCL and LCL tears suffered last preseason, Ware increased his activity level throughout training camp, eventually making it back to full-team contract drills. Although he was held out for the first two weeks of the exhibition slate, the Chiefs implicitly displayed some confidence in Ware's recovery when they released fellow running back Charcandrick West on Wednesday. The competition for backfield roles behind starter Kareem Hunt has been narrowed down to Ware, Damien Williams (shoulder), Darrel Williams and Kerwynn Wiliams.
Ware (knee) didn't play in Friday's preseason game against Atlanta. Ware has ramped up his participation throughout training camp, including contact work and 11-on-11 drills this past week. He seems to be on track for at least one appearance this preseason, but it didn't happen Friday night. Ware may still have a chance to start the season as Kansas City's No. 2 running back, hoping to beat out Damien Williams, Charcandrick West and Kerwynn Williams.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||San Francisco 49ers||12||13.00|
|6||10/15||@New England Patriots||20||17.00|
|11||11/20||@Los Angeles Rams||9||12.00|
|15||12/14||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||95||441||3||13||151||1||81|