As the NFL Network continues their list of the Top 100 Players on 2013, coming in at number 20 is Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles. Charles joins four other teammates on the list of 100 that includes LB Justin Houston, LB Derrick Johnson, WR Dwayne Bowe, and CB Brandon Flowers. It was clear as the list was getting closer to its top player that Charles was going to find his way on the rankings. He and Justin Houston are two Chiefs ranked in the top 50 in the whole league and that is a testament to the talent the Chiefs have in their locker room.
To many, it is not too surprising to see #25 high on this list. Some may say he deserves to be higher, some may say lower. But there is no denying that Jamaal Charles, when healthy, is one of the best RB's in the National Football League and the greatest threat on the KC offense. His ability to break one at any time during a game keeps the opposing defenses on their toes and fans at the edge of their seats every time JC touches the ball. Players around the league offered their opinions on the Chiefs electric runner.
Richard Seymour: "He's a guy that can take it to the house on any play, it doesn't matter."
Browns D'Qwell Jackson: "To be a smaller back in this league, he is able to run between the tackles. A lot of guys aren't willing to do it. He's willing to do it. And if you don't have a hat on him, he can take it from anywhere on the field."
Broncos Champ Bailey: "He can't be more than 200 or 210 at the most. But he plays so tough. You don't see too many guys with that much heart."
Dustin Colquitt: "Coming back off an injury, everyone is wondering if he can be the same guy. Man, I thought he was better. I thought he was more explosive. Some of his decisions, I think he got wiser with."
Derrick Johnson: "We were playing against the New Orleans Saints and we needed a big play from the offense. Jamaal gave us that big spark. He broke a 91-yarder. He put his head down, that's kind of like his finishing move when he puts his head down."
Strong words from peers, not only from Jamaal's teammates, but across the league. He is a dynamic runner who also catches the ball well out of the backfield. That's what's going to be critical in new head coach Andy Reid's offense. What RB Brian Westbrook did for the Eagles in Philadelphia under Reid is what you can expect to see from Charles in Kansas City. Getting him the football in open space and allowing him to do what he does best, utilizing his speed and making defenders miss, is what the Chiefs offensive staff will look to create each week.
Charles ranks at number 20 in the top 100 players of 2013 before 2013 has even started. We'll see where he ranks at after the season. But Chiefs fans just hope Charles is still playing in the season that comes after the regular season.
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