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Keeping Jamaal Charles out of rest of Chiefs’ preseason games would be wise move

Updated: 2013-08-16T22:37:33Z

By ADAM TEICHER

The Kansas City Star

Smart move by the Chiefs to, as reported by Pro Football Talk, hold Jamaal Charles out of tonight’s game against the 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium and perhaps for the rest of the preseason as this Twitter post indicates. Charles, who has a strained foot, doesn’t need the work, not to mention the beating he might take even by getting just a few carries.

His backup, Knile Davis, needs the work. Davis, a rookie from Arkansas, has looked good when running the ball at training camp but has other issues to the point where he could benefit from the extra snaps.

Davis has dropped a ton of passes at camp. After Charles left the lineup in practice this week, Davis lined up incorrectly on one play, forcing the Chiefs to retreat to the huddle. Davis also ran the wrong play on another occasion, leaving no one for quarterback Alex Smith to hand the ball to.

So, the drama of Smith’s reunion with his former team aside, Davis might be the biggest issue for the Chiefs tonight. I’ll also be looking to see how the defense, which played just six snaps last week, performs and whether Smith, who took checkdown after checkdown last week, can get the ball down the field.

To reach Adam Teicher, call 816-234-4875 or send email to ateicher@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/adamteicher.

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