Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles ran for 1,509 yards last season. Yet, he knows his job description is changing with Reid as his coach. Charles will still carry the ball often, but Reid likes getting his running backs involved in the passing game. “I know my role in my mind will be doing lots of stuff with the offense,” Charles said. “I’m like (Brian) Westbrook and (LeSean) McCoy as far as how I fit into (Reid’s) offense ... I definitely need to do more studying and knowing the scheme of the defense, especially playing a position like wide receiver. I have to go in there and try to read the defense. Last year, I didn’t have any catches out of the backfield. I feel like this year it will be more.”
Charles had his share of ups and downs thanks mostly to irregular usage. With new coach Andy Reid taking over the play calling, Charles should see consistent touches, especially in the passing game. Charles may not see as many rushes as he did in 2012 (285), but McCoy averaged 20.5 touches per game in the last three seasons, which is more than the 18.0 that Charles averaged in the same span (and the 20.0 touches he averaged in 2012). The Kansas City offense should improve, which should lead for more redzone touches as well.