Chiefs coach Todd Haley has spent plenty of time in recent weeks defending the decision to have Thomas Jones starting at running back instead of Jamaal Charles, particularly given their differing levels of success so far in the preseason.
Charles had a spectacular last half of the 2009 season, rushing for 953 yards over the final eight games. He rushed for a team-record 259 yards in the season’s final game at Denver.
“What he did last year … it was an eight-game window or an eight-game sample that we saw,” Haley said. “What we’re pushing Jamaal to do is show that he can do that throughout a 16-game and hopefully-plus schedule. That’s something that Thomas has proven through time.
“Everybody can have an opinion on who the best player is. I’m not going to get into that right now. I’m for trying to get these guys ready to go and us to understand how we need to use them to be the best we can be.”
While we still love Charles and his dynamic play, the best thing to do would be to plan to draft Thomas Jones as a handcuff. His ADP is still pretty late, the 11th round, and in a lot of PC Drafter mocks you can get him in round 8-10. If you draft Charles, or protect him, it's well worth in that time frame to secure Jones.