Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will share the featured back role with not Thomas Jones, but Peyton Hillis, a 250-pound free-agent acquisition.
“He’s the same as Thomas Jones,” Charles said. “He’ll come in and get all the tough yards and all the pounding. That’s the same thing that Thomas did. I’m not a selfish player. I just want to win. If he can contribute to the team and put points on the board, why not? I don’t care about yards. I feel like if every week we can win a game, I’ve got no complaints.
“I like his game. He’s athletic and big and strong. Nothing against Thomas Jones but (Hillis) brings something to the team like (Le’Ron) McClain, but he’s playing tailback instead. He’s bringing power and explosiveness, and he’s strong. He’s going to catch the ball and he’s got great hands, and I feel he’s an all-around player like me.”
In 2010, with Jones siphoning off carries, Charles still managed 1,935 total yards and eight TDs, so he has proven he can be productive while sharing the workload.