Even though the Kansas City Chiefs selected Knile Davis in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft to provide competition at the running back position, Jamaal Charles is not worried. In fact, Charles is excited about all of the possibilities for next season, as he believes he will thrive in head coach Andy Reid’s offense.
“This offense might be the best thing that ever happened to me,” Charles said, according to KansasCity.com. “I think this offense will get me open. They’re going to throw me the ball more. I think I’ll continue to stack Pro Bowls on Pro Bowls if I can stay healthy.
“I definitely know my role. I’ve got a lot of stuff to program in my mind right now. There’s a lot of stuff in the Andy Reid offense, the same stuff he did with (Brian) Westbrook and (LeSean) McCoy, and I think I fit his scheme as well as they did. Definitely more studying and definitely more knowing the scheme of the defense, especially when I go out there and play another position like wide receiver. I go in there and try to read the defense. I feel like this year it will be more than I catch out of the backfield.”
Charles dominated for the Chiefs in 2012 in which he posted one of the best seasons of his five-year career. He recorded a career-high 1,509 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 285 carries. He also hauled in 35 receptions for 236 yards and one touchdown.
Considering Kansas City fielded one of the worst teams in the league, as their 2-14 record showed, it is impressive the numbers Charles was able to put up. In fact, the lone bright spot on the team was rushing the football. The Chiefs ranked fifth in the NFL in total rushing yards (2,395) and average rushing yards per carry (4.8).
Expect to see the 26-year-old reach a level he has never been before in the upcoming season. Reid has an offense in place that will utilize Charles’ abilities to the fullest. I predict he will put up a season that will rival 2010’s outstanding performance. In fact, I believe his career-high 468 receiving yards in a single season will easily be eclipsed considering how effective he is in the open field.