After losing Jamaal Charles to a season-ending knee injury, the Kansas City Chiefs filled his roster spot with practice squad WR Jeremy Horne instead of another running back. That doesn’t mean they aren’t actively looking for another back to help carry the load.
Aaron Wilson reports the Chiefs have worked out five running backs this week: Mike Cox, Sammy Morris, Jalen Parmele, Dimitri Nance and Chris Jennings.
The Chiefs are familiar with Cox as he played in 39 games for Kansas City over the last three years before failing to make the cut following training camp this season. GM Scott Pioli also knows Morris well, having faced him in the AFC East when he was with the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins and then as a member of the New England Patriots Super Bowl team that lost to the New York Giants.
The players the team doesn’t have a history with are much more intriguing.
Parmele was a sixth-round draft pick in 2008 and spent parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, showing potential as a kick returner when given a chance. Having spent time around a winning organization like the Ravens, Parmele should be at the top of the Chiefs list if they decide to bring in an unproven back.
Nance carried the ball 36 times for the Packers last season as they tried to recover from the loss of starting RB Ryan Grant. For the season, Nance averaged just 2.6 yards per carry without finding the end zone.
Jennings spent time with the Browns in 2009 and the Hartford Colonials of the UFL last season before catching on with the New York Jets this preseason. In the Jets preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jennings carried the ball four times for 81 yards, including an impressive 69-yard scamper.
The issue hounding Jennings — other than his lack of experience — is his trouble with the law. In 2010 he was accused of assaulting a bouncer at a club and then earlier this month Jennings was arrested after driving 147 mph in a 65 mph zone.