Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

RB Charcandrick West's 100-Yard Effort More Impressive upon Closer Review

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

RB Charcandrick West's 100-Yard Effort More Impressive upon Closer Review

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With the current offensive trends in the NFL, a 100-yard game by a running back does not happen as often as it did 10, 20 or 30 years ago.

There are a handful of reasons the 110-yard performance Charcandrick West had for the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday in the victory over Pittsburgh was so special. West had to overcome plenty to even be in position to have a big running day. He was running in a league that doesn't like to run so much, and he was doing it without an NFL pedigree, entering pro football as an undrafted rookie.

It all combined to make the diminutive product (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) of Abilene Christian University the NFL weekend's most unexpected performance.

"He worked his tail off last year," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of West, who spent nine games last year on the practice squad before he was promoted to the 53-man roster. "You could see his talent, we could see it during camp when he first got here, and then he's just learned some of the finer points of the National Football League. He took advantage of an opportunity and did a nice job with it."

The stars were still swirling for West after the game, but he left little doubt that he knew how to handle his first great NFL moment.

"With how the offensive line was blocking today anybody could have gotten back there and ran," West said. "I'm just thankful to be here."

In the first seven weeks of the 2015 season, 30 running backs reached the century mark 48 total times. In comparison, there have been 87 games where a receiver has passed 100 yards and 54 games where a quarterback has thrown for more than 300 yards.

Other reasons West's day was so special:

- He's one of three backs in that group of 30 that went undrafted. The others are Seattle's Thomas Rawls and Chris Ivory of the New York Jets.

- Only West and Baltimore's Justin Forsett among those 30 backs spent time on an NFL practice squad.

- In the last three years -- the 2013, '14 seasons and seven weeks of the '15 schedule -- there have only been six backs to hit the 100-yard mark that were not drafted and had time on an NFL practice squad: West, Marcel Reece of Oakland, Matt Asiata in Minnesota, Houston's Arian Foster, Arizona's Kerwynn Williams and Jonas Gray, who was with New England at the time of his 100-plus game. …

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