KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charcandrick West's debut as the Kansas City Chiefs' featured running back last week against the Vikings was most notable for his fourth-quarter fumble that killed a drive as his team was trying to attempt a comeback.
That play won’t cause the Chiefs to go to either of their two other backs, Knile Davis and Spencer Ware, in clutch situations Sunday against the Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium. Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson indicated the Chiefs haven’t lost confidence in West.
“He’ll learn from that," Pederson said of West, who made his first NFL start in Minnesota. “Put in that situation again, he’ll hang onto it."
West had the ball knocked from his grasp inadvertently by a teammate, tackle Donald Stephenson. The Chiefs are putting the fumble as much on Stephenson as West.
“If we clean that up offensively, then that fumble does not occur," Pederson said. “Those are things we can control."
It’s a smart move by the Chiefs to stick with West. He’s a young player whose skills most resemble those of Jamaal Charles among the Chiefs’ backs.
His improvement since joining the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie is remarkable, and putting him on the bench would only stunt his growth.
“He’s a guy that fits into what we’re doing offensively, the style of running that we’re doing right now," Pederson said. “He’s a guy that works hard at developing his talent, at getting better every day."