It seems that anytime you read about the Chiefs anymore, there's one common prediction: Jamaal Charles is headed for a breakout season.
Everywhere you read someone is mentioning a breakout year for Charles. That now includes NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan, who ranks Charles third in a list of the top 20 players primed for a breakout season.
Is he the next Chris Johnson? He went from 629 total yards rushing and receiving to 1,417 from his first to second season. As the offense matures, he could hit 2,000 yards from scrimmage.
This isn't the first time Charles has been compared to Chris Johnson. Only Johnson had more yards than Charles in the second half of the 2009 season.
In fact, after the Bills game last December, Charles made the CJ comparison unprompted from reporters. "I'm a physical player and I can run the ball just like Chris Johnson does," he told us at the time.
This will be an interesting year for Charles. He and the rest of the team are expecting big things. The addition of Thomas Jones may be the spoke in the 2,000 tires but expect Charles to be a major part of the Chiefs in 2010.