by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (3/2/14) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who racked up 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns last season, thinks he can play at a high level for five more years. “I’ll know when my time is up," he told the Kansas City Star. "I’m 27 years old. Probably when I’m 32, I’ll want to just look back and see what I’ve done so far.
“As long as I can continue to do those things in my five years, it would be amazing. I’d just look back and just call it quits.”
Andy Reid suggests he'll reduce Jamaal Charles' touches
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/26/14) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles got 329 touches in the 2013 regular season, after receiving 320 the year before. Look for that number to drop slightly in 2014, as coach Andy Reid indicated he wants to use backup Knile Davis more.
“Knile was a rookie and he was learning every week and getting better every week," Reid said, per ESPN.com. "As the season went on we were able to give him the ball a little bit more. Coming into this season, we’ll be able to mix it up a little bit better than what we did early in the season last year."
Davis got 81 touches last season. He ran for four touchdowns but averaged just 3.5 yards per carry.
Jamaal Charles surprised to be hit in Pro Bowl
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (1/28/14) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was surprised to be hit hard in the Pro Bowl.
Charles was especially surprised to be hit by teammate Derrick Johnson. Johnson managed to win defensive MVP for his performance during the game. Charles was coming off a concussion he suffered during a playoff loss to the Colts. Despite being hit harder than expected, Charles came out of the Pro Bowl healthy.
Jamaal Charles not mad at Derrick Johnson
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/27/14) Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles said he was surprised by the hard hit linebacker Derrick Johnson gave him in the Pro Bowl. But Charles isn't mad at his Chiefs' teammate, reports ESPN.com.
"I didn't expect it, but he's out there doing his thing," said Charles, who got knocked out of Kansas City's Jan. 4 playoff loss with a concussion. "I can't get mad at him -- it's just about football, and you've just got to be ready."
Johnson lowered his shoulder and blasted Charles in his shoulder/head area, the report said. The game's defensive MVP, Johnson said he would never try to hurt a teammate and that he was merely trying to "compete a little bit."
Derrick Johnson delivers helmet-to-helmet hit on Jamaal Charles
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (1/26/14) Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson showed no mercy on his teammate, running back Jamaal Charles, during a first-quarter running play at the Pro Bowl. Johnson delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow on Charles, drawing gasps from the crowd and shocking the announcers.
The hit was stunning, especially considering Charles missed most of the playoff loss at Indianapolis with a concussion. Charles kept playing after the hit but looked perturbed with his teammate.
Charles is a co-captain for Team Sanders, Johnson a member of Team Rice. According to NFL Network, Johnson was upset Charles did not pick him in the player draft. But in an on-field interview, Johnson merely said he was trying to prevent Charles from gaining a head of steam.
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Adrian Peterson wasn't the only running back who came back from a torn ACL in 2012 to have a career season. Jamaal Charles was right there with him. He set career highs in carries (285) and rushing yards (1,509) despite having three games with fewer than 10 carries. When he had 17 or more carries, which happened nine times, he finished with double digits in Fantasy points. He also showed his explosiveness with two games with at least 226 rushing yards. Now he gets Andy Reid as his head coach, and he could turn Charles into a beast. While Reid was in Philadelphia he had three primary running backs in Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. That trio combined for six 1,000-yard rushing seasons, seven 1,500 total-yard seasons, nine seasons with at least 50 catches and five seasons with 10 total touchdowns. The last two times Charles played a full season, which was 2010 and 2012, he had at least 1,700 total yards and six total touchdowns. When you add up everything in his favor it makes Charles a slam-dunk first-round pick in 2013, and he could have a career year. (Updated 5/29/13)