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NFL Network ranks Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles league’s eighth-best player

07/09/2014 9:09 PM

07/09/2014 9:43 PM

It’s hardly a surprise, but running back Jamaal Charles is the fifth and final Chiefs player to make the NFL Network’s annual Top 100 players for 2014.

Charles’ ranking — No. 8 — was revealed Wednesday during the second-to-last episode of the eleven-part series, which began in May. You can check out the video here, which contains a bevy of Charles’ contemporaries heaping praise upon him.

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, who checks in at No. 4, and Philadelphia’s LeSean McCoy, who checks in at No. 5, are the only running backs in football rated higher than Charles.

This marks Charles’ third time (and his highest ranking) on the list. In 2013, he checked in at No. 20 and in 2011, he checked in at No. 33.

His ascent into the top ten makes sense. Charles, 27, had a career year in 2013 under new coach Andy Reid, as he racked up 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 total touchdowns.

Other Chiefs who made the list were outside linebacker Tamba Hali (43), safety Eric Berry (50), outside linebacker Justin Houston (No. 57) and inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (No. 64).

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