Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles carried the ball nine times in Sunday’s 26-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. That’s seven more times than Charles carried the ball in the Kansas City Chiefs' previous game, a 43-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But it’s not as if the Chiefs took the training wheels off Charles or let him ride, as the veteran running back urged his coaches to do last week.
Charles was plan B for Spencer Ware as the featured back against the Raiders, and Chiefs coach Andy Reid suggested it might be that way again for this Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints at Arrowhead Stadium
“Is he ready to carry it every down? I don’t think that’s where we’re at right this minute," Reid said. “But he got more carries than he did against Pittsburgh."
As the story said, the Chiefs didn't need Charles in their win over the Raiders. So any kind of lopsided score could mean Charles doesn't get on the field much in any kind of blowout, even as the season goes on. The story said the team feels they can proceed slowly with Charles and likely will, especially with Ware as a more than capable backup.