Job Battles: Crowded Chiefs Backfield
Job Battles: Crowded Chiefs Backfield

This article is part of our Job Battles series.

With Week 1 on the horizon there are some job battles ongoing yet, as it may take some time for the fallout of final cuts to settle into place.

The blurbs are grouped by position, then sorted loosely in descending fantasy importance.

RUNNING BACK

Damien Williams vs. LeSean McCoy vs. Darwin Thompson vs. Darrel Williams, KC

What an annoying saga this has been! The debates about Damien vs. Hyde or Damien vs. Darwin or whatever else were largely made moot by the free agent signing of McCoy, who the Bills had released at final cuts. The specific meaning of the McCoy signing is up to a wide range of interpretation, and on an objective level it introduces a great deal of chance to a backfield that maybe already had a significant range of outcomes.

McCoy turned 31 in July and struggled to the tune of 3.2 yards per carry last year, but he played through cracked rib cartilage early in the year and then a hamstring injury later on. His increasing age and incidence of injury don't argue for his floor any, but the skill set might be more intact than the numbers imply. With that said, even if McCoy is better than his 2018 numbers, he still might not be as good as Damien or Thompson.

Damien set a rather high bar last year, showing a strong ability to exploit the space created by Pat Mahomes and the Andy Reid scheme. Including playoffs, Damien turned 85 carries into

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