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Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 4:53pm
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is behind schedule from his knee injury. The Chiefs said during the offseason that barring a setback, Charles would be ready to participate when training camp started.
There was no setback, but Charles wasn’t ready for the start of camp. He hasn’t regained the role – full-time featured back – he had before last season’s torn ACL.
Charles was back and a playing full time by this point of his return from his previous ACL tear, in 2012. But he was four years younger then
“I’m happy where I’m at,’’ Charles said. “Every time is always different than the first time. I can’t treat it like when I had the first ACL. I’ve got to treat it different.
“The first time I tore it the second game (of the season). This time I tore it the fifth game. So it’s totally different. The doctor told me when I had (this injury), ‘Don’t do it like you did the first one because it’s totally different.’ Every knee is different.’’
In the meantime, Spencer Ware generally gets a lot of the starter’s snaps in practice. Charcandrick West gets some. Sometimes there are a few left for Charles, too, the story said. Ware and West proved to be more than capable NFL backs last season filling in for Charles. So even if Charles can play Week 1, owners have to wonder just how many snaps he'll get. He'll likely be eased back in - at best. It's possible his workload is reduced even if he's back to full strength.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 11:21pm
Jamaal Charles was producing at a RB1 rate in the five games he played last season. The coaches know the talent they have their backfield, and Charles is able to take advantage in both the passing and rushing game.
In addition to his talent, Charles plays in a run-first system (Kansas City finished sixth in the league in rushing yards as a team in 2015). He has a safe hold on the starting job, and he hasn't showed any signs of slowing down.
Even though Charles is the clear starter, the Chiefs did just fine without him last season as Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West took over. Those two haven't gone away, and will likely have a good role in 2016 in an effort to keep Charles fresh and healthy.
Health will be a big issue for Charles moving forward as he's now had two seasons cut short due to devastating injuries. He'll also turn 30 years old in December, and backs start to decline in production at that age.
Charles is used to having his touches limited, so Ware and West shouldn't deter you too much. His age could end up being a factor, but he's still a back that has averaged over 5.0 yards per carry in every single season he's played.
Charles should be viewed as one of the elite backs this season.
2016 Strength of Schedule - KC
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats
|Per game||14.20||72.80||0.80||0.40||5.13||4.20||35.40||0.20||6.00||8.43||52.80/67.60||77.66% |