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Jamaal Charles vows to be cleared for camp

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Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has sounded like the most motivated player in football this offseason. Like he has something to prove. “I’m hungry,” Charles said in May. “I want it this year.”

Charles hasn’t lost his edge as the spring winds down and turns into summer. Recovering from a torn left ACL, Charles guaranteed to the Kansas City Star Wednesday that he’ll be medically cleared for training camp.

“When they let that cape off me, I’m ready to go,” said Charles, who’s roughly nine months removed from the ligament tear. “I’m ready to put my cleats back on and punish everybody in my way.” Charles went so far as to suggest that he’s already game-ready.

Along with teammates Tony Moeaki and Eric Berry, Charles will seek medical clearance from team doctors next Monday. The trio of ACL victims has been absent from all pre-training camp activities.

Charles is the best player of the three, and the Chiefs’ 2012 outlook very much hinges on his return to effectiveness. When healthy, Charles is arguably the NFL’s most dynamic rusher south of the Twin Cities.

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28 Responses to “Jamaal Charles vows to be cleared for camp”
  1. kakolcr says: Jun 13, 2012 7:20 PM

    Charles is not the best player of the three, Berry is

  2. gbatap says: Jun 13, 2012 7:20 PM

    Charles is a very good player and a key cog in the offense and I appreciate the love you give him as perhaps being one of the most dynamic RBs in the league, but let’s not fool ourselves, Berry is the best football player of those three.

  3. insanelomein2 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    “When healthy, Charles is arguably the NFL’s most dynamic rusher south of the Twin Cities.”
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    Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice are much more dynamic than Jamaal Charles.

  4. prosourcetalk says: Jun 13, 2012 7:37 PM

    So psyched to see Charles back on the field this year

  5. afcdomination says: Jun 13, 2012 7:37 PM

    Berry is a possible future HoF. Charles isn’t. but he can be a heck of a thorn in the side of every defense he faces til he turns about 29. if hes healthy of course. but if you listen to a few of his quotes, feel his pain every time he runs, so on, and you really start to believe this guy is coming back, and coming back 100 percent.

    also moeaki set a chief rookie record for catches by a TE while blocking for my 6.4 YPC charles. yes, more catches than tony gonzalez as a rookie, so one has to wonder if moeaki stays healthy as well if he has the impact the saints/patriots and others have recieved from their te’s. KC has planned to split him wide and use him like dallas clark

  6. raidernationkc says: Jun 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    Lol! I didn’t know charles was a punisher! Lol

  7. yungd83 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    Lol couldnt get past that lions mascot but hes.gonna punish everyone . this team is a joke

  8. kcrobert10 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    I’ll say it again the chiefs will win the afc west this yr. Mark my words.

  9. johnnycash19 says: Jun 13, 2012 7:49 PM

    Just imagine if Charles and Berry were healthy. We probably would have never seen Tebow in the playoffs.

    I think the Chiefs have the best chance to compete with the Manning led Broncos if these guys get and stay relatively healthy throughout the season.

  10. afcdomination says: Jun 13, 2012 8:08 PM

    yungd83-

    if you plan to make a post laughing at a player for something, at least be right on it. he couldnt make it past the marker, as that is what he slipped on. the mascot was irrelevant to his injury other than adding to the scenery.

  11. dfwprosports says: Jun 13, 2012 8:40 PM

    I agree with the others as Berry is clearly the best player of the three. It’s also easy to prove as Charles would get a 1 yr $5 million prove it deal in free agency whereas Eric Berry would get a 5 yr $35 million deal tomorrow if he was a free agent. Berry will be the best FS in football in 2013 since Reed and Polamalu are slowing down.

  12. patriots55 says: Jun 13, 2012 8:48 PM

    Berry is one of the best young safeties

  13. bass1717 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:08 PM

    insanelomein2 says:
    Jun 13, 2012 7:34 PM
    “When healthy, Charles is arguably the NFL’s most dynamic rusher south of the Twin Cities.”
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    Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice are much more dynamic than Jamaal Charles.
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    Foster is a product of the system, but Rice and McCoy are beasts….oh, by the way, would you like to guess who has the highest YPC of ALL-TIME????…..it Charles

  14. bass1717 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:11 PM

    afcdomination says:
    Jun 13, 2012 7:37 PM
    Berry is a possible future HoF. Charles isn’t. but he can be a heck of a thorn in the side of every defense he faces til he turns about 29. if hes healthy of course. but if you listen to a few of his quotes, feel his pain every time he runs, so on, and you really start to believe this guy is coming back, and coming back 100 percent.

    also moeaki set a chief rookie record for catches by a TE while blocking for my 6.4 YPC charles. yes, more catches than tony gonzalez as a rookie, so one has to wonder if moeaki stays healthy as well if he has the impact the saints/patriots and others have recieved from their te’s. KC has planned to split him wide and use him like dallas clark
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    Dude, RELAX!!…..Berry has played ONE year and you are calling him a possible HOFer???……how about he plays a few years at a high level before you make a comment like that

  15. raidernationkc says: Jun 13, 2012 9:35 PM

    Darren Mcfadden is the best rb in the league! Hands down!

  16. jodave5 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:12 PM

    Quit listening to the media and trust what your own eyes tell/show you. Charles is MUCH more accomplished at this point than Berry. Berry gave up 6 TD passes in his first 4 games. Charles was within 1 yard of setting the All-Time NFL record for average per rush in 2010.

  17. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 13, 2012 10:15 PM

    Are y’all kidding me? Did you not watch jamaal Charles before his torn ACL? This guy was getting 10-15 touches a game and almost won the rushing title. Eric Berry hasn’t even done anything yet except get voted to the pro bowl on name alone. He was just average his rookie year. He actually gave up 9 touchdown passes that year.

    I remember Jamaal Charles had around 240 yards against the broncos and Todd Haley took him out in the middle of the 3rd quarter so he couldn’t break the single game record. This was also behind a pedestrian offensive line.

  18. chiefsfan88 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:19 PM

    6.4 ypc for a career. who’s better than Charles?

  19. slickster35 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:38 PM

    insanelomein2 says:Jun 13, 2012 7:34 PM

    “When healthy, Charles is arguably the NFL’s most dynamic rusher south of the Twin Cities.”
    ———————————————-

    Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice are much more dynamic than Jamaal Charles.
    ——————————————

    I’m pretty sure none of those guys has ever approached 6 ypc for a season, and never will.

    Charles and Jim Brown have though.

  20. oilman989 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:42 PM

    C’mon Silva, you can’t make a blanket “best player of the three” statement like that without repercussions.

    Each player is critical to their team’s respective positions. Moeaki’s absence clearly hurt KC’s opportunity to attack the middle of the field, and Berry’s absence absolutely effected the Chiefs ability to defend it.

    If you want to make a case for Charles’ value on offense, I’m with ya. But don’t diminish the contributions of Charles’ torn ACL brethren by unequivocally stating that JC’s absence was hardest felt.

    You’re better than that.

  21. d2thejr says: Jun 13, 2012 11:19 PM

    Jamaal Charles is clearly the better player of the three! He’s proven himself whereas the others havent yet. I agree Berry is GOING to be good but its still a prove yourself league and he hasn’t had the time to do that yet. At least Charles can hang his hat on the best yds per carry, while still piling on the yds. He’s going to be a beast this year! Can’t wait!

  22. afcdomination says: Jun 14, 2012 12:24 AM

    Bass, I felt I was pretty relaxed stating that he has a chance to be a future hall of famer. the best chance of the group. seeing how he had 4 int’s, led the team in snaps as a rookie, and made the pro bowl, as only the 2nd SS in the AFC(they carry 1 on roster, polomalu got it, but steelers went to the super bowl)

    if you can honestly tell me how a healthy berry wont have a chance at the hall, id love to hear it. as if he even averages just the 4 picks a year, is on pace in a 12 year span to be near 50 picks, add in tackles he gets (100) per season, and you get the picture

    but hey, get all in a tiffy over me saying he has a CHANCE.

  23. afcdomination says: Jun 14, 2012 12:25 AM

    how is berry unproven? he was the 2nd best, arguably the best, SS in the 2010 season, his rookie season. how the heck can you even claim he hasnt proven anything

  24. afcdomination says: Jun 14, 2012 12:28 AM

    FYI to the haley hater above, it was NOT TODD HALEY’s DECISION TO TAKE CHARLES OUT OF THAT GAME

    IT WAS CHARLES WHO WANTED TO GIVE JAVARRIS WILLIAMS PLAYING TIME

    further showing the team player that he is.

  25. 805_9er says: Jun 14, 2012 2:48 AM

    I thought they replaced ES???

    Chefs are third at best in the division…

  26. holdthebeans says: Jun 14, 2012 2:51 AM

    The Chiefs are basically getting three FA’s added to the team this year that went 7-9 last year and would have won the division without em if Cassel hadn’t gone down also which many forget to mention and Haley didn’t have his love affair with Tyler Palko.

    Two of em pro bowlers and one, Moeaki, soon to be if he can stay healthy but that is another issue.

    Add in Poe on the nose to a defense ranked #11 last year and look out. Keep an eye on Devon Wylie too. He’s the slot receiver we been looking for. Oh and Thomas Jones isn’t around to knock out Baldwin this year either. As long as Cassel doesn’t trip over his feet dropping back on play action guys will be wide open all over the field.

    Oh Peyton Hillis is in KC too.

  27. joetoronto says: Jun 14, 2012 4:54 AM

    slickster35 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:38 PM

    I’m pretty sure none of those guys has ever approached 6 ypc for a season, and never will.

    Charles and Jim Brown have though.
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    Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd, smiling.

  28. fmlizard says: Jun 14, 2012 9:17 AM

    Touch-for-touch Charles might be the best RB in football, even with a fairly average OL. Really excited to have him back along with Hillis.

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