It was a big weekend for Jamaal Charles. Not only did Charles finish third in the voting for the Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year, but he was named the NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year.
No surprise. Peyton Manning wins AP Offensive Player of the Year with 33 votes. LeSean McCoy was second (10), Jamaal Charles third (4)
— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) February 2, 2014
Charles, who just turned 27 years old, had another terrific season in 2013. He rushed for 1,287 yards on 259 carries for a 5.0 yards per carry average. Both his yardage and his average ranked him third in the league. He scored 12 rushing touchdowns, which tied him for first in the league with Marshawn Lynch.
If that wasn’t enough, he led the Kansas City Chiefs in receptions (70), receiving yards (693), and receiving touchdowns (7). His 19 total touchdowns was tops in the league.
One of the amazing things about Charles’ rushing average of 5.0 (again, third best in the NFL), is that it was his career worst mark. He averages an amazing 5.6 per carry in his career, the highest average for a a running back in NFL history. Check out this breakdown of where Charles fits in historically, even before averaging 5.0 in 2013.
Charles accomplished all of this in a season when Andy Reid seemed to forget about Charles and the running game at times. Reid would fall in love with the short passing game, and Charles wouldn’t be a factor until late in the game when the Chiefs were trying to protect a lead, and not always then (Remember the Chargers’ game in Arrowhead?).
Charles only surpassed 20 carries in a game 4 times, and not once after week 7, and he had no more than 22 rushes in any one game. Still, Reid found a way to get the ball into Charles’s hands in the passing game. Total, Charles had 329 touches for 1,980 yards.
Add in the touchdowns and you see why Jamaal Charles has received such acclaim already this off season. He had an incredible year in total offense and in scoring and he deserves all the accolades he is receiving.