The NFL Network selected Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles as its 8th best player on their program that aired Wednesday night.
The NFL network cited Charles accounting for 40% of the Chiefs offense and his league-leading 19 touchdowns scored as reasons for his inclusion in the top 10. Eric Berry also appeared on the program, claiming that Charles’ speed and elusiveness in practice helped him prepare for games.
Raiders fullback Marcel Reece recounted an anecdote from the pro-bowl, where teammates thought Charles was going full speed during a walk through, but Charles insisted he was walking through.
Speed kills, and Charles has speed to burn.
Of course, Charles is more than pure speed. The highlights made sure to establish that Charles can run between the tackles, and put his shoulder down to gain extra yards. But, Charles’ hallmark is his exceptional vision, that has allowed him to compile an NFL all-time best of 5.6 yards per carry.
That’s where Charles truly shines—not Jim Brown, Bo Jackson, or all-time rushing leader Emmitt Thomas come close to Charles’ yards per carry mark. Among running backs, the closest is Jim Brown at 5.2 yards per carry.
Charles had what many consider the best season of his 6-year career in Andy Reid‘s west-coast offense in 2013. Charles rushed for 1287 yards and caught 70 passes for a career best 693 yards receiving, to total 1980 yards of offense (2nd in the NFL to Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson).
That’s pretty good considering Charles rested the final game of the season against San Diego because the Chiefs had already earned a playoff spot.
With the entire offense now having a full year under their belts in Andy Reid’s system, Charles could very well find himself higher on this list at this time next season.
We Chiefs fans will just have to wait and see.
I, for one, can’t wait.