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Chiefs are reducing Jamaal Charles’ practice workload

Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

One of the players Chiefs fans undoubtedly attend training camp to see is star running back Jamaal Charles, who has proven to be one of the league’s elite backs over the last several seasons.

However, over the last few days, fans have seen less of Charles during the team (11-on-11) portion of practice, as the coaching staff has opted to let him rest during the full-contact sessions and give others, such as Knile Davis, some much-needed work.

“Well, he’s getting blitz periods, he’s getting the nine-on-seven run, the inside-run periods and he’s getting anything where we’re not going at the legs,” offensive coordinator Doug Pederson said. “We’ve just got to be smart during those live periods. We’re smart that way, he’s smart that way and he takes care of his body. He knows what he’s doing, and we know what he can do and he does a good job of taking care of his body.”

It might have been nice to give Charles, 28, that kind of rest when the staff arrived two years ago, but Peterson that was a luxury they could not afford at the time. Remember, they were trying to turn around a 2-14 team.

“Well, when we first got here the reps were the biggest thing,” Pederson said. “Learning our offense was the biggest thing when we first got here.”

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