Five things to know about Spencer Ware, Jamaal Charles' replacement

Spencer Ware played for three seasons at LSU and first joined the Chiefs as a free agent. AP Photo/L.G. Patterson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Running back Spencer Ware was promoted from the practice squad to take the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster spot vacated by the departure of Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL and was placed on the injured reserve list.

Ware signed as a free agent with the Chiefs at the end of last season. He participated in their offseason practices as well as training camp and the preseason. The Chiefs released Ware at the end of the preseason and signed him to their practice squad after he cleared waivers.

Ware will be third on the Chiefs’ depth chart behind Charcandrick West and Knile Davis.

Here are some things to know about Ware:

  • Ware often uses quotes from famous people to fill his Twitter timeline. On Tuesday, the day he was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster, Ware quoted Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done." Ware can be found on Twitter at @spencerware11.

  • Ware declared for the NFL draft after three collegiate seasons at Louisiana State. He started only 14 of the 36 games he played in as a collegian. He rushed for 1,249 yards, caught 39 passes and scored 12 touchdowns for the Tigers.

  • Ware played in 21 games as an outfielder for the LSU baseball team in 2011. He hit .178 in 45 at-bats with two doubles and five RBIs. It’s a small sample size, but his slugging percentage was .222 and his on-base percentage .255, so it sounds like football was a better career choice for him.

  • Ware was a top dual-threat quarterback in high school in Cincinnati. Though he was a running back at LSU, he did throw a touchdown pass in a 2010 game against Auburn. Remember that if the Chiefs put him in a game and have him throw a halfback pass.

  • Ware was drafted in the sixth round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2013. He played in two games with the Seahawks as a rookie, rushing for 10 yards on three carries. He is the third former Seattle player now with the Chiefs, joining defensive lineman Jaye Howard and defensive back Ron Parker. Chiefs general manager John Dorsey once worked with his Seattle counterpart, John Schneider, with the Green Bay Packers, and the two frequently are of the same mind when it comes to viewing the abilities of players.