Kareem Hunt was the leading rusher for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2018 and the gap between Hunt and everyone else was substantial. However, Hunt is no longer employed by the organization after being released during the 2018 campaign and, as such, there is an opening when it comes to lead ball-carrier status in Kansas City. As of mid-July, that opening appears to be filled by incumbent running back Damien Williams.
BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official website brings word from Chiefs head coach Andy Reid that the plan is for Williams to be "the full-time starter for the year." Williams took on the primary role after Hunt's departure but, after Kansas City brought in Carlos Hyde, there was at least some speculation that it would be more of a shared deployment in the backfield. That doesn't seem to be the case, though, according to Reid's comments.
"He's taken that challenge," Reid said. "He wants to do this thing. He's earned the right to be that guy. And now it's a matter of production. Ya gotta go do it."
In the six games (including the playoffs) in which Williams operated as the default starter, he averaged more than 17 touches per game and translated that into more than 100 total yards per contest. Beyond that, he was very productive in scoring touchdowns (10 in those six games) and the 27-year-old from Oklahoma is clearly the most explosive option in Kansas City.
With Patrick Mahomes at the helm and Reid calling the plays, there is every reason to believe that the Chiefs will be dynamic offensively again in 2019. That is a big reason why Kansas City stands as the co-favorite (at 6-1 odds) to win the Super Bowl but Williams will play a major role and his productivity will be of great interest to many.