Charles was able to return to the game after sitting out for a brief period and ended up finishing the day with 18 carries for 74 yards and five catches for 46 yards, but his departure from the game was a huge reminder about just how important he is to the Chiefs.
Rookie Knile Davis is Charles’ primary backup but he is simply not close to Charles in terms of ability yet.
Although Charles failed to score a touchdown in Week 8, he if off to a stellar start this season and has already racked up 153 rushes for 635 yards and six touchdowns. He also chipped in 41 catches for 383 yards and two scores in the passing game and is on pace to set a number of career highs.
Given how important he is and how well he's been performing, the Chiefs might consider scaling back Charles’ touches in order to keep him healthy for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. He has already been playing through blisters on his feet and will most likely continue to do so.
Since the team is at the halfway mark, the Kansas City Star gave out midseason awards. Charles was named as the Chiefs' offensive MVP.
“While quarterback Alex Smith has fulfilled expectations by operating a near-mistake free offense, it’s Charles who makes it go. He has handled the ball on 194 of the Chiefs’ 542 plays, or 38 percent, plus he’s carried out dozens of play-action fakes. Charles, the club’s leading rusher (635 yards) and receiver (41 catches for 383 yards) has accounted for 38 percent of the Chiefs’ offensive yards and eight of the team’s 15 offensive touchdowns.”
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