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Speaking with the Port Arthur News, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles said he's ready to be the featured back. A role he's seeked since his breakout freshman season at the University of Texas. The man standing in his way is Larry Johnson, whose proven he can be 'the guy' on the NFL level.
"I like Larry," Jamaal said. "We are friends in the locker room. And I'm going to be a good teammate, but I plan to take it from him. I think my coaches realize they need me. They are going to have to give me that chance. I have fresher legs and our offense plays to my advantage. I think they are going to use me a lot like Marshall Faulk."
Charles is working out and trying to gain weight, which is interesting because the rest of the Chiefs have been busy losing 300+ pounds over the offseason. Sitting at 207 pounds, Charles is looking to go up. But not by much.
"They want me at 208 (pounds). So I've been busting my butt. They want 208, I'm going to give them 208. I don't want to be any bigger, though. I'm at 207 right now and I'm going to get to 208 and stay there."
Pasta, fish and rice is the secret Charles explains. That and working his tail off, something he wasn't sure he did enough of last year. "I was just happy to be there. I didn't work enough," Charles says. Not this year, he says. He'll be "busting his tail" to take the starting job from Larry Johnson.
Charles has coveted the starting role since his freshman season at Texas. He's never been the lone featured back with coaches Mack Brown at Texas and Herm Edwards in Kansas City pointing to his size and perceived fumbling issues as roadblocks. Coach Haley sees things differently.
According to Cody Pastorella of the News, Charles said Haley knows he can beat out Johnson for the starting job.
Will he finally get the opportunity to be 'the guy'?