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Chiefs' Charles finds success in 2012 season

By Adam Teicher, The Kansas City Star Published: December 1, 2012

Or should it go to Charles? Charles is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, which would be the lowest average among his five NFL seasons.

But it dwarfs the average of the Chiefs' other two main featured backs, Shaun Draughn (4.0) and Peyton Hillis (3.7). It also continues a pattern started when Charles joined the Chiefs - that he consistently outgains the team's other backs on a per-carry basis.

That speaks to Charles' ability relative to Kansas City's other backs, who are running the same plays behind the same blockers.

“I knew he was a good football player,” said offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who is in his first year with the Chiefs. “Sometimes, I was on the opposite sideline watching him hit the sideline and go down the steps. I just knew he was a good football player who was good with the ball in his hands. . . . He can really run any run you need him to run. He's been a productive guy for us, and we're going to (continue to) need him to be.”

The Chiefs didn't know how well Charles would play after his injury. Like Charles himself, they are relieved by what they've learned.

“You really don't know when a guy is returning from a major injury,” coach Romeo Crennel said. “You don't know exactly how he's going to respond, how he's going to come back. We're pleased with what he's done to date. He's running the ball very well, and he adds a playmaking dynamic to the team.”

Charles this season has a game of 200-plus yards (New Orleans) and three others of 100-plus (Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Denver). He also has games with 3 rushing yards (Buffalo) and 4 (Oakland).

And don't think for a moment that Charles has forgotten those two poor games.

“I look back on some of the games I had with 5 yards or whatever,” he said. “I could have had 1,000 yards already. I don't want any more of those games.

“I can still make things go. Hopefully, I'll be able to finish out this year strong, and we can win some games.”

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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