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Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 8:31am
The plan with Jamaal Charles during much of the offseason, when the Chiefs thought he would be ready to play at the start of the regular season, was to install him as the full-time featured back.
That still could happen at some point during the season, once the Chiefs are convinced he’s the same player he was before the injury and ready for a big workload.
But it won’t happen immediately after his return. That would go against every cautious move the Chiefs have made with him. It would also ignore the contributions the Chiefs have received from their two other backs. That’s particularly true for Spencer Ware, who is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and is second on the Chiefs in receiving yards.
Related players: Charcandrick West
Both Ware and Charcandrick West are proven NFL backs now, seeing plenty of time the last two seasons. If Charles comes back this week, or whichever week, one has to assume he'll be eased back into action. The story suggested there will be some kind of rotation that would involve Ware over West since Ware is more of a change of pace to Charles.
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.
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