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Chiefs Training Camp: Running Back May Get Interesting

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The Kansas City Chiefs have a nice problem at running back: Finding a way to get them all on the field.

The early leader in the clubhouse is Thomas Jones who lined up with the first team for the second consecutive day. It's hard not to read too much into it and Todd Haley reminded us after practice not to read too much into the rotation.

On the one hand, you've got Jones, who is a proven veteran and probably doesn't need motivational tactics from the coaching staff to perform.

On the other hand, you've got Charles, who is a younger guy and coming off of a stellar half-season as the feature back. Folks are expecting big things from Charles so it's easy to see how he could get a big head (though I'd argue after hearing Charles talk that's not the case).

Meanwhile, you've still got Dexter McCluster to deal with. He's listed as a receiver but saw some Wildcat time today so obviously the Chiefs are willing to hand him the ball.

(Side note: Anyone else looking forward to seeing a McCluster/Charles combo in the backfield? Talk about a Madden '11 dream.)

Down the depth chart there's Kestahn Moore. He came to the Chiefs last season and has had a good start to camp. It's a little early to be making any judgments on him but I like what I see so far.

I wouldn't call running back a "battle" because there's no doubt Jones and Charles will see similar snaps in the regular season. This might turn out to be a better "battle" than we originally thought.