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We know Jamaal Charles is great, but has Knile Davis earned more touches?

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With the Kansas City Chiefs 2014 training camp schedule kicking off soon, we are previewing the KC Chiefs 2014 roster by position. Up today are the running backs and fullbacks.

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The players

Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Cyrus Gray, Joe McKnight, De'Anthony Thomas, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman (FB), James Baker (FB), Jordan Campbell (FB)

I see three roster locks on here: Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and De'Anthony Thomas. If you want to call De'Anthony Thomas a running back ...  which is where he's lined up in his few practices with the team. The other players may need special teams to make the roster.

Read Nick Jacobs roster locks at running back here.

MoreRead last year's RB preview

What's changed

McKnight, DAT, West, Baker and Campbell are new this year. But the players who are likely to see the most playing time are back from last year -- Charles, Davis and Sherman. The bottom end of the depth chart could see some changes, however. The Chiefs should know from experience that those players matter ... a lot. It was late in the Chiefs-Colts playoff game last January when Alex Smith threw a critical deep pass to Cyrus Gray, who was in the game thanks to injuries to Charles and Davis. (Now I'm depressed thinking about him dropping it.)

McKnight seemed like a decent candidate to make the roster but has started camp on PUP.

The big question

Should the Chiefs spell Jamaal Charles with Knile Davis more often? Last season was outstanding, easily Charles' best season of his career. He handled more than a third of the Chiefs offense and showed he was arguably the most important non-quarterback in the league. He was a legitimate MVP candidate in any non-Peyton-going-crazy year. So, can he do that again? Should he do that again?

The hard part about this is that Charles is so good with the ball in his hands it's hard to be in favor of a plan that involves him touching it less. Charles' usage is one of the biggest keys for the Chiefs offense this year.

Best case scenario

Jamaal Charles stays on the field. If he's on the field, he's producing. Simple as that, really. His time in the NFL has proven that. So the key here is to keep Charles healthy and on the field.

My two cents on the big question, it would also be great if the Chiefs could work Knile Davis into the rotation more. If you're up three scores in the fourth quarter, that needs to be Knile's time.

Worst case scenario

Look, I'm not trying to curse anything or anyone here, so I'm just going to avoid mentioning the worst case scenario.

Random Facts

  • Jamaal Charles is just over 1,500 yards away from the Chiefs all-time rushing record.
  • Knile Davis is healthy and practicing after breaking his leg in the playoff loss.
  • Anthony Sherman is a huge fan of America.