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Being Jamaal Charles' replacement is not the only distinction for Charcandrick West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charcandrick West figures he has a distinction in addition to being first in line to replace the injured Jamaal Charles as the Kansas City Chiefs’ featured back.

“I’m probably the only Charcandrick in the world," West said.

He may be right about that. But there could be a boom of Charcandricks if all goes according to the Chiefs’ plan.

The Chiefs believe West is a poor man’s Charles, with similar ability to make cuts and avoid tacklers as a ball carrier and beat coverage and run for yardage afterward as a pass receiver.

West played in college at Abilene Christian, a Division II school in Texas. He joined the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie and spent the first half of the season on their practice squad before being promoted to the active roster. He played mostly on special teams.

He returned for offseason practice a much improved player, a sign of his work during the interim months. The Chiefs promoted him over Knile Davis to become Charles’ leading backup before his injury.

If West succeeds as the Chiefs hope, many of their fans could be naming their babies after him. In the meantime, West said he never asked his parents the origin or the idea behind Charcandrick.

He was too busy with another task.

“I was trying," he said, “to learn to spell it."