This article is part of our Job Battles series.
Ware is the incumbent in this battle with not only a lead on the depth chart all year before missing last week, but also with a three-year head start in Kansas City generally. But it's anyone's guess how quickly Ware can bounce back from his injuries, and Williams played so well against the Chargers on Thursday that the Chiefs presumably aren't in any rush to get Ware back on the field before he's ready.
Even upon clearance for Ware's return, it's possible that Williams' strong play would dictate a split of some sort between the two rather than the workhorse arrangement Ware stepped into following the release of Kareem Hunt. Even at over 220 pounds, Williams theoretically offers a bit more lightning than the thunder Ware runs with at close to 230 pounds, and Williams possesses mid-4.4 speed in contrast to Ware's 4.6 speed. I would guess Ware is the more skilled player overall, and both players are plus pass catchers, but Williams really does offer something a bit different and the Chiefs might want to explore expanded usage for Williams, at least in hurry-up sort of scenarios, after posting 49 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and six catches for 74 yards on six targets against the Chargers.
Conner seems like a good bet to return to the field in Week 16 after logging a limited practice Friday, and when