Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles discusses the improvements that the team have made along the offensive line:
“I just feel comfortable because I feel like I have a Pro Bowl guard [Ben Grubbs] in front of me and I’ve got Jeff [Allen] back and we went to the playoffs with him,” Charles said, via the Kansas City Star. “We’ve got Fish [Eric Fisher] who is developing more in his third year, we’ve got Donald [Stephenson] and he played a whole season and did a great job when Branden [Albert] and Fish were going at it and battling for depth at the position. I feel like we’ve got some guys that have been playing for a while. We’ve got vet guys up there that can help the young guys. I feel so comfortable with that line now. Not saying I didn’t last year, but I feel a lot more comfortable than I did last year.”
Charles has finished in the top 9 in both standard and PPR formats in each of the last three seasons, and was the #1 running back in both formats in 2013. After racking up an average of 20.9 touches in 2012-13, he touched the ball 16.4 times last season as Knile Davis saw his average workload increase from 5.1 touches in 2013 to 9.4 touches last year. We currently project Charles for 18.8 touches per game, which may be a best-case scenario if Davis remains healthy.