Jamaal Charles might be the most intriguing dark-horse MVP candidate headed into 2013. Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are hard to bet against as they’re both head and shoulders above the rest in terms of Bovada odds at 5-to-1 and 13-to-2. No, I’m talking longshots: 50-to-1 and above.
And of that group, Charles’ home-run threat and all-around game give him that kind of ceiling. Throw in the RB star-maker named Andy Reid, and you’ve got an explosive combo. Like Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy on the Philadelphia Eagles teams of Reid’s yesteryear, Charles will be put in a variety of positions to post colossal numbers for the Kansas City Chiefs.
“I’m not even worrying about running right now,” Charles said, via ESPN. “We’re focused on getting the chemistry down with the quarterback… It’s a lot of studying, a lot of focus, a lot of hearing what the quarterbacks are saying. I have to learn coverage, man, cover two, and all that stuff learning to play wide receiver.”
Charles is currently at 66-to-1 NFL MVP odds on Bovada. Not saying I’d do it, but this seems rather low for a player with all the opportunity to make it two running backs in a row for this distinction. The 26-year-old back handled his most extensive workload very well last season, turning 320 touches into more than 1,700 total yards and a 5.3 yards per carry average.
If no quarterback turns in a transcendent performance this season, a performance close to Chris Johnson’s 2009 could suffice for the league’s greatest individual honor for offensive players here in 2013 (because they just won’t give it to defense these days).