New England Patriots prep for Kansas City Chiefs RBs Jamaal Charles, Knile … – The Republican – masslive.com (blog)
FOXBOROUGH — There wasn’t a player in the NFL last season responsible for a greater chunk of his team’s offense than Jamaal Charles.
Really, no player was even close.
Charles accounted for 36.7 percent of Kansas City’s yards from scrimmage and scored an absurd 19 of his team’s 41 touchdowns. For reference, think about New England’s current offense and the heavy involvement of Julian Edelman. He’s gained a Charles-esque 32 percent of the Patriots’ yardage.
In 2013, only three players finished the season with 30 percent or more of their respective yardage: Charles, Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy (32.1 percent) and Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon (30.3).
This season, Charles remains the focal point of the Kansas City offense unless, of course, he’s not part of the offense at all. And that’s been the case the past two weeks.
Sidelined this past Sunday with a high ankle sprain, Charles is likely to practice this week, coach Andy Reid told reporters. His availability for Monday night hasn’t been determined.
So the Patriots must prep not only for Charles, but for back-up Knile Davis, as well. Davis is coming off a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown starting in place Charles Sunday (it’s also worth noting that he has three fumbles already this season).
“I think they’re different skill sets, but they do the same things with them so the same plays look different depending on who is carrying the ball,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday. “Davis is strong, 230 pounds or whatever he is. He breaks tackles. He’s got good lower-body strength, hard guy to bring down.”
“Charles has good playing strength, too, but he’s more elusive,” Belichick continued. “Great quickness, acceleration. They’re different, but they’re both very good. They both can hit the homerun ball. They’ve both got great long speed—they have that in common.”
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