The New York Jets added Charcandrick West, who was released by the Chiefs earlier this week, giving them six rushers on the roster.
The New York Jets have added another rusher to their corps, confirming the addition of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Charcandrick West to their roster per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk
West, 27, joins the Jets after four seasons with the Chiefs, who added him as an undrafted free agent in 2014. After an ACL injury to Jamaal Charles the following year, West burst onto the scene with 848 total yards, 634 on the ground, and five touchdowns. He later added 61 rushing yards and a touchdown in Kansas City’s divisional playoff showdown against New England.
The Abilene Christian alum ends his Kansas City career with 999 rushing yards on 226 carries, adding 552 yards receiving on 75 catches, tallying 12 touchdowns in total over his four seasons. He was released by the Chiefs on Wednesday, having missed most of training camp with a concussion, though he was officially cleared by doctors just prior to his release. He did not appear in either of the Chiefs’ two preseason games.
The Jets now have seven running backs on their roster, including returnees Elijah McGuire and Bilal Powell, veteran additions Isaiah Crowell, Thomas Rawls, and George Atkinson (ironically another former Chiefs rusher), and Trenton Cannon, the team’s sixth-round pick out of Virginia State.
The Jets are looking to boost their run game, especially with a rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold, potentially taking over at starting quarterback. Finishing 19th in the league’s rushing rankings last season with 106.4 yards per game, they have not had a 1,000-yard rusher since Chris Ivory in 2015. Powell led the team with 772 yards and five touchdowns, while Crowell tallied 853 yards and two scores as a member of the Browns.