We might need the #freejamaalcharles movement on Twitter this season, but the Kansas City Chiefs running back wants to make it clear: it won’t be because he isn’t ready to roll. Despite only carrying the ball six time and not catching a pass in the preseason, Charles sounds (via The Star) like a man on a mission to top last year’s impressive stats.
“When it’s time for me to go, I’m just ready to make plays, ready to do something incredible, something amazing, every time I step in.”
More often than not last year, Charles was giving Chiefs fans the incredible. Even though he averaged just 14.4 carries a game, less than any of the NFL’s top 13 running backs, Charles had 10 runs of more than 20 yards.
After using those big time runs to finish as the league’s second leading rusher and nearly the best per-carry average ever, it’s understandable to be worried about rust for Charles. Leading up to his amazing 2010, the running back carried the ball in every preseason game with exactly four times the number of touches he has received so far in 2011.
If there is any doubt about things going according to plan when the Chiefs open their defense of the AFC West title on September 11 against the Buffalo Bills, it isn’t coming from Charles.
“I’ll be ready to go. I’m healthy. I feel great, I’m in great shape. I work out every day and I work hard at practice.”