Poll: Is Jamaal Charles being overworked?

Peter Aiken

The Chiefs RB is being featured in all facets of the offense by Andy Reid. But how much is too much?

Jamaal Charles was already the focal point of the Kansas City Chiefs offense. Under Andy Reid's control, he's on another level entirely.

The Chiefs running back is already mentioned alongside the elite players at his position in the NFL after dynamic seasons in 2010 and 2012. In 2010, his incredible 6.4 yards/carry nearly broke the NFL record in a season. Then last year, he gained 1,509 yards on the ground in his first year back from an ACL injury.

Now he's being featured more than ever. At the halfway point, Charles is already over 1,000 yards from scrimmage (tied with LeSean McCoy for the NFL lead at 1,018), and he's tied his career high in touchdowns with eight (six rushing, two receiving). He's on pace for 82 catches (37 more than his career-high) and is easily the Chiefs greatest player on offense. In fact, it's hard to imagine where the Chiefs would be without Charles.

It's that last idea that has some concerned about the use of Charles -- rather the potential overuse. So far, Charles has held up well and loves the ability to carry the Chiefs offense. But is Reid using Charles too much? Should the Chiefs diversify the offense to keep Charles fresh or to avoid injury?

There's no way of knowing until the end of the season, but at the halfway point, we turn to you, AP reader, to tell us what you think.

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