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Chiefs plan to get Jamaal Charles more involved in the passing game

Jamaal Charles, D'Qwell Jackson AP

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has never caught more than 45 passes in a season. That may change this year.

New Chiefs coach Andy Reid loves getting running backs involved in the passing game and loves Charles’s skills as a receiver, and Reid sees big things from Charles this year. Reid said he sees Charles playing a role similar in his offense to the role that Brian Westbrook played when he caught 90 passes in a season playing for Reid in Philadelphia, or to the role LeSean McCoy played when he caught 78 passes in a season playing for Reid.

Jamaal is a big part of it,” Reid said of the Chiefs’ passing game. “He’s capable of doing the same things Westbrook did [and] McCoy did, as far as the passing game. He’s a legitimate threat with his speed, his route-running ability and his hands. He catches the ball very easily.”

Charles said he’s doing so much work in the passing game that he’s barely even practicing at running back.

“I’m not even worrying about running right now,” Charles said. “We’re focused on getting the chemistry down with the quarterback. . . . It’s a lot of studying, a lot of focus, a lot of hearing what the quarterbacks are saying. I have to learn coverage, man, cover 2, and all that stuff learning to play wide receiver.”

None of that should take away from what Charles does running the football because Charles is one of the most electrifying runners in NFL history: Last year Charles surpassed Jim Brown as the NFL’s all-time leader in average yards per carry among running backs with at least 750 career carries. (Charles has averaged 5.8 yards a carry in his career; previously no running back had ever equaled Brown’s record of 5.2.) But if opposing defenses have to worry about Charles running up as a classic I-formation running back on one play and a wide receiver the next, that may help open up even more space for Charles to run the ball.

In any event, Reid knows his offense is in good hands when the ball is in Charles’s hands.

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34 Responses to “Chiefs plan to get Jamaal Charles more involved in the passing game”
  1. aaroncurryisbust says: Jul 31, 2013 12:17 PM

    Jamaal Charles is so exciting to watch, dude looks like he’s gliding when he runs, just unbelievably faster than everyone else on the field. Offensive version of Earl Thomas.

  2. ss3walkman says: Jul 31, 2013 12:19 PM

    Maybe not the top rusher this season but #1 total yards rusher this season is my bet

  3. eaglesfanalways says: Jul 31, 2013 12:21 PM

    Who else but Big Red would take one of the league’s best running backs and turn him into a receiver…hope you like the passing game.

  4. slick50ks says: Jul 31, 2013 12:22 PM

    Charles is miles ahead of anything Westbrook or McCoy ever were or will be.

    Future MVP, maybe multiple.

    Greatest YPC back in history. His yards per catch will lead the league if Alexandra can get him the ball in space.

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 31, 2013 12:23 PM

    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ‘em, Swamp ‘em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  6. notoriousjebus says: Jul 31, 2013 12:24 PM

    Since Charles is a beast will Andy Reid actually have the ball handed off to him or will he go with 20 swing and screen passes a game like he did during his tenure with the Eagles?

  7. dawksclaws says: Jul 31, 2013 12:24 PM

    Chiefs fans should be more worried about Andy using Charles in the running game. – Eagles Fans

  8. stuffwithsports says: Jul 31, 2013 12:27 PM

    Come on. I like that he’ll be getting some passes, but as a chiefs fan, I hope Andy Reid will remember he’s a running back, not a receiver.

  9. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 31, 2013 12:27 PM

    Jamal Charles > Chris Johnson

  10. dsimp724 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:28 PM

    I’d get the qb more involved in the passing game first

  11. therealtrenches says: Jul 31, 2013 12:32 PM

    headline says “Chiefs plan to get Charles More Involved in Passing Game.”

    The rest of the world says, “Ya think? Didn’t you have this article written by the time the ink was dry on Andy Reid’s contract?”

  12. radrntn says: Jul 31, 2013 12:36 PM

    after ranking 32 (dfl) in passing last year, they better get somebody involved.

  13. Iknoweverything says: Jul 31, 2013 12:39 PM

    Cue all the unemployed FILTHadelphia jilted girls that Andy Reid dumped posting nonsense because they have no life and just cant accept rejection.
    I swear its like a fatal attraction with those sad FILTHadelphians

  14. siggtacular says: Jul 31, 2013 12:41 PM

    Baltimore Ravens
    2x Super Bowl Champions

  15. raiderlyfe510 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:41 PM

    If Bob Sutton is as good of a D Coordinator as he was an assistant the Chiefs are going to be a dangerous team.

  16. 49erstim says: Jul 31, 2013 12:42 PM

    @logicalvoice….. I actually lol’d bro! Nice! You’re delusional beyond belief and I worry about your multiple personalities, but that post is remarkably hilarious.

  17. kcflake says: Jul 31, 2013 12:44 PM

    Jamall Charles is the TRUTH! Go Chiefs!

  18. red26sox says: Jul 31, 2013 12:45 PM

    Why not? He’s the only guy on the roster who can make a play in space. He had 35 receptions last year and had more yards after the catch than any of the WRs. Pathetic WR on this team, including Bowe.

  19. insanelomein2 says: Jul 31, 2013 12:46 PM

    Don’t worry Jamaal and the rest of Chiefs fans, he’s going to get his rushing attempts.

    They’ll just be when it’s 3rd and 22 and the Chiefs are trailing by 20pts late in the 3rd quarter because Reid will be “trying to win” at that point.

  20. thestillcity says: Jul 31, 2013 12:49 PM

    49ers fans used to tear into Alex Smith for “dumping the ball off” to running backs, but he truly is a great passer of the ball to running backs. Frank Gore’s receiving game disappeared when Smith was knocked out.

    I look forward to this offense this season. Nice to have a AFC team to cheer for again.

  21. joetoronto says: Jul 31, 2013 12:50 PM

    And who’s going to throw the ball, Alex Smith?🙂

  22. tombradyswig says: Jul 31, 2013 12:51 PM

    For jamaals sake, he better hope so!!
    With the fat man runnin the show it’ll be a 80/20 pass to run ratio!

  23. therealtrenches says: Jul 31, 2013 12:52 PM


    someday you’ll learn all the things that Andy hasn’t learned. And it will drive you insane until he leaves. And then you’ll laugh at the fans of the next team he coaches, the way we all laugh at you.

    Oh..and as for Eagles fans populating your Chiefs threads, get used to it, and quit yer cryin.

    *You’ve* been showing up in lots of Eagles threads lately, with your “Andy Reid is assembling a dynasty” posts, haven’t you dude?

    Pot? Meet kettle.

    We rather enjoy it. You make us laugh.

    One last thing: good luck enduring the last two minutes of most of your games, when your team is down by two scores, and has no timeouts left!


  24. officialgame says: Jul 31, 2013 12:57 PM

    Nobody can stop a running game like Coach Reid. Unfortunately its his own.

  25. wtfchiefs says: Jul 31, 2013 12:57 PM

    “Chiefs fans should be more worried about Andy using Charles in the running game. – Eagles Fans”

    Eagles fans should not to offer an opinion about anything, to anyone, about any team that plays football. -Everyone Else

  26. jayniner says: Jul 31, 2013 1:04 PM

    With the addition of Alex Smith, I can see Charles having a huge year…

  27. bobonmycob says: Jul 31, 2013 1:16 PM

    Iknoweverything says: Jul 31, 2013 12:39 PM

    Cue all the unemployed FILTHadelphia jilted girls that Andy Reid dumped posting nonsense because they have no life and just cant accept rejection.
    I swear its like a fatal attraction with those sad FILTHadelphians

    I use to live in Philly, of course after gaining much success in business I moved out to San Diego but you sir sound like a bitter shallow minded nerd. You put FILTH in capitals because it obviously means something to you. So sad some fans can act so immature and classless.

    As for Reid, good HC but he got stale in Philly. I mean after all those years it was time for a change. Glad the Chiefs fans are getting a good HC and I wish them much success.

  28. bigdawg24 says: Jul 31, 2013 1:20 PM

    Would love to see Jamal Charles used in the same type of role Priest Holmes was used in the screen-passing game under Dick Vermeil.

    That whole dimension of the offense was lost under Herm Edwards, Todd Haley and Romeo Crennel. All of the screen passes under those coaches were to the sidelines, not giving the RB the room to work with.

  29. Advanced Strength Training Programs says: Jul 31, 2013 1:29 PM

    I had no idea Charles was putting up those kind of numbers

  30. brettfavresmidget says: Jul 31, 2013 1:31 PM

    Great googly moogly.

  31. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 31, 2013 1:39 PM

    As a PPR manager I approve!!! Unless I can’t draft him this year…then it’s a horrible idea.

  32. andyisfat says: Jul 31, 2013 1:51 PM

    Of course they will. The Fat Man is not going to run the ball no mater what.

  33. elliottcovert says: Jul 31, 2013 2:45 PM

    I could see Charles posting 1000 rushing yards and 1000 receiving yards in a season.

    The issue with him though has always been that while his mind-blowing YPC average is impressive, he just doesn’t score a whole lot of touchdowns.

  34. jjackwagon says: Jul 31, 2013 3:03 PM

    And who’s going to throw the ball, Alex Smith?

    Yes. You know Alex Smith, the guy that is light years ahead of anything that looks like a QB on your teams roster.

    Keep flapping your gums troll.

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