Jamaal Charles is not likely to play on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. The Kansas City Chiefs will be cautious with him because they can afford to be cautious. They go three deep at running back with capable players. Their fourth back, Knile Davis, has more playoff carries than Jamaal.
The Chiefs will be rolling with Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis if Jamaal isn’t ready. But when he IS ready, he will be the lead back, right? ESPN’s Adam Teicher was on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week and offered up an answer on that.
“It’s hard to say,” Teicher said. “Let’s just assume that Charles not only becomes 100 percent healthy but he’s the same Jamaal Charles he was before the injury. He’s a difference maker. I do see a role for the other guys but Jamaal Charles is going to be the guy. That’s sort of the plan. If everything works out for him. and he’s ready to go and he’s the same guy before the injury, Jamaal Charles will get the majority of the work.
“When that comes or if it comes, that’s a different story. The Chiefs understand that Jamaal Charles is a game breaker. He’s the difference maker among the three. The Chiefs certainly respect and appreciate the work that Ware and West did while Charles was out last year but they’re not Jamaal Charles. They’re not when Jamaal Charles is on his game. The plan is whenever he’s ready, they’re not going to rush it certainly, whenever he’s ready and they think his time has come Jamaal Charles will be the featured back.”
I’m pretty much in agreement here. Featured back, as in the main back. But some sort of committee will remain. How much? That’s the question fantasy folks want to know. It’s great to have capable backs behind him but Jamaal being used the most can help make the Chiefs special. I would say though that this is still undecided because we don’t know when Jamaal will be ready and it depends on the effectiveness of Ware and West.