Jamaal Charles is the Chiefs’ breakout star. Any story about Thomas Jones must come in the context of the player he may or may not start ahead of tonight.
Charles rushed for 968 yards in the final eight games of 2009, and with Matt Cassel whiffing and Dwayne Bowe dropping and most of the defense forgettable, Charles became the focus of fans’ optimism and the team’s commercials.
So even when Jones became the Chiefs’ biggest offseason acquisition other than the draft, it was easy to miss. Some smart football people missed it, thinking the Chiefs just signed a nice complement to Charles.
That’s not what this is about. Never has been.
Fair or not, the Chiefs don’t entirely trust Charles. That’s why they made him inactive for a game last year, and why coach Todd Haley spent most of training camp talking about “if” Charles made the roster.
And it’s why they signed Jones.
An interesting read that continues to paint a picture of Charles not being the team's best back. So far though, Charles has out-performed Jones in the preseason and here at 4for4, we're still higher on Charles, admitting that Jones makes for a nice handcuff, though.