West had a tryout with the Raiders on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. The Raiders brought in a pair of veteran backs (West and Robert Turbin) for an audition, looking to fill out the backfield ahead of the offseason program. West himself is coming off a campaign in which he was released by the Chiefs in August, spent one preseason game with the Jets before being a roster casualty on cut-down day, and then returned to the Chiefs after Kareem Hunt was jettisoned. If West impresses Oakland's brass enough to earn a contract, he may have a difficult time landing on the final 53-man roster with Isaiah Crowell, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington all in the fold.
West finished Week 17 against the Raiders with one carry for a loss of two yards. Even in the midst of a blowout, West took the field for just 10 snaps and has played a total of 30 in the past three games combined. Irrespective of whether Spencer Ware (hamstring) is ready for the playoff run, West is unlikely to make much of an impact with both Damien and Darrel Williams ahead of him on the depth chart. West finished his abbreviated regular season with the Chiefs with just two carries for one yard and two catches for 37 yards and a touchdown on three targets. His contract expires following the season, so there is no guarantee West will remain with the team in 2019.
West carried the ball just once for one yard in Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks. However, he also added two receptions for 37 yards and a score. While West remained clearly behind Damien Williams on the running back depth chart, his offensive snap count jumped up to 19. He took advantage by hauling in a 25-yard receiving score, his first time reaching the end zone since Week 15 of the 2017 season. Though his role is not robust, West does have some intrigue heading into Week 17 so long as Spencer Ware (hamstring) remains sidelined as he'll see a positive matchup against the Raiders. In addition, he's tethered to one of the most explosive offenses in the league, which benefited his performance in Week 16.
West saw just one snap from scrimmage and four on four special teams during Thursday's game against the Chargers. West was inactive in Week 14 after signing with the Chiefs, but Spencer Ware's (hamstring) absence afforded him an opportunity to dress for the first time this season Thursday. Despite suiting up, West appears to be well behind Damien and Darrel Williams in the pecking order for offensive snaps. He could fall even further off the radar if Ware is cleared to return in Week 16.
West is active for Thursday night's game against the Chargers, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports. This will be the recently re-signed West's first game for the Chiefs this season, but he has ample experience in the team's offense, having been with Kansas City from the 2015 season through the 2017 campaign. Look for him to work in a complementary role Thursday behind Damien Williams, who is starting in place of Spencer Ware (hamstring).
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|14||12/08||@New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|17||12/29||Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
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