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It's been 272 days since Charles last wore a helmet and lined up in Kansas City's backfield. He's been regulated to strength and agility work on a side field throughout all of this offseason's OTAs and minicamp practice as he continues to rehab the left knee that gave way in Detroit.
But to Charles, the layoff doesn't matter. He doesn't just expect to be ready for the start of training camp some six weeks from now. Charles believes he could play in a game if one were scheduled for today.
Jamaal Charles Vows To Hold Nothing Back In Return from The Mothership
As the Chiefs wrap up their offseason practice schedule Thursday with a final minicamp workout, it's already evident their running game will have to carry them this season if the Chiefs are to be a part of the AFC West race. ...
...Their three major offensive free-agent signings were aimed at the running game: Winston, running back Peyton Hillis and 255-pound tight end Kevin Boss. Then there's the scheduled return of Jamaal Charles, who missed all but the first two games last season because of torn knee ligaments.
Like Moeaki, Charles hasn't practiced since his injury but should be back in time for the start of camp. One of their most important jobs at camp will be to get Charles back to what he was before the injury.
Running Game Will Carry Chiefs this Season from KC Star
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Field: Romeo Crennel (6/13)
KCChiefs.com Video: Player Inerviews, Day 2 Minicamp
Coach Romeo Crennel said tight end Martin Rucker would have knee surgery for his torn ACL and would be placed on the injured-reserve list, ending his season. With Moeaki out and Jake OConnell also sidelined because of a strained ligament in his thumb, the Chiefs are suddenly short at tight end.
Chiefs Notebook: Charles Says He'll Be Ready from KC Star
The Chiefs spent the majority of 11-vs-11 work on third-down snaps of varying distances. All four quarterbacks received work, but
Matt Cassel was the only one to find much success.
Cassel and the first-team offense converted four-of-six third-down opportunities to open the period with receivers
Steve Breaston and Dexter McCluster each hauling in two first down receptions apiece.
Two of the four conversions came in third-and-10 situations, but the day belonged to the defense following the hot offensive start.
Minicamp Notebook: Martin Rucker Lands On IR from The Mothership
Tamba Hali on Crennel as the Chiefs head coach:
"Yeah, he's a veteran coach that knows what he's doing. He expects a lot from us. From the older guys, he wants our leadership to progress and get better. With him as the coach everything is structured. We're not guessing where we've got to be, we're not coming in with a different schedule or the schedule is changing. We know where we've got to be every day and that way it works for us as players and we know what it takes. He's not giving up. He's making sure that we're working hard and that's what's important."
Overheard: Inside Chiefs Minicamp from The Mothership
Crennel on the development of first round pick
"He's made progress. The thing that has impressed me the most is not his natural ability but the fact that he's trying to play the technique the way we play it. The way we play it is not always the easiest way to play it. He's taking to coaching and he's executing the way we want him to execute. Like I said yesterday, we have to get the pads on in order to really be able to tell and find out. He's taking steps in the right direction."
Overheard: Chiefs Players Address Final Days Of Offseason Program from The Mothership
Yeah, he's there. And so is every other rookie in every other city that has signed a letter of protection pending the signing of a contract.
We realize that Poe is fighting the perception that he takes plays off and that he's only a workout warrior and that he doesn't truly love football. But the way to reverse the perception is for him to not take plays off and demonstrate uncanny skills while in uniform and show that he truly loves the game, every chance he gets.
Kansas City Media Overblows Poe's Participation In Minicamp from ProFootballTalk
In Kansas City sports, new stars often emerge from areas that are outside the actual play on the field. Men like Joe Posnanski and Jason Whitlock simply wrote their way to becoming local icons during their time with the Kansas City Star. While others, such as Mitch Holthus, found their mark by describing the action as it happened on the field of play ("Touchdown, KAN-SAS CITY!").
Resident artist, Chris Sembower is charting an even different path. He was unable to just find his ticket to greatness, so he decided to draw his own.
"It went well considering he hasn't been playing football, but you can tell he has been working out," Crennel said. "The football drills, he still remembers those things. I think the more workouts that he can have with different teams, the more it will come back to him. It was a decent workout."
Crennel did say Banks will be challenged because of his decade away from the game.
Crennel Like Brian Banks' Effort from ESPN
On the football field, Williamson earned his nickname of "The Hammer" with his hard-hitting style of play as well as his athletic abilities. During his eight-year career, Williamson had 36 interceptions and two touchdowns and was a part of the American Football League-champion Kansas City Chiefs.
'The Hammer' Showed Up For Shell, Cause from DelMarVa Now