Riding three consecutive 100-yard games, Charles looks to help guide Kansas City to its ninth victory in its last 10 visits to Oakland without top receiver Dwayne Bowe when these AFC West rivals meet Sunday.
Not only did Charles lose a teammate in the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide Dec. 1, but his wife’s cousin, Kasandra Perkins, was the victim. Despite the tragedy, ensuing memorial services, wakes and funerals, Charles has managed to stay focused while not speaking publicly.
Charles, who leads the AFC with 1,220 rushing yards, ran for 127 in Kansas City’s 27-21 victory over Carolina one day after the Belcher incident, following up a 107-yard effort in a loss to Denver one week earlier.
Kansas City is currently tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the worst record in the NFL at 2-11, and will have a shot at the top prospects at every position once the draft rolls around.
Quarterback has to be the consensus pick for the organization in the first round. The Chiefs are quite possibly one of the more talented teams in the league—outside of the quarterback position. Both Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn have been horrendous all season and won’t turn it around next season either.
Unfortunately for the Chiefs, the 2013 quarterback class isn’t exceptional, especially when compared to last year’s, which touted franchise-changers in Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson.
Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has produced what may be the quietest 1,220 yards the NFL has ever seen.
Charles regained the AFC rushing lead with his 165-yard performance last week at Cleveland with his fourth 100-yard performance in five weeks.
But with the Chiefs mired in a 2-11 season, even his dazzling 80-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the Cleveland game was just a footnote on the highlight shows, which featured more meaningful games.
“Jamaal is the best player we have,” linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “We lean on him a lot.”
Walking through the tunnel, hearing the roar of the crowd and playing football in some of the biggest sports venues in the U.S. – this is what former Mules football player DeMarco Cosby loves about being in the NFL.
“You can’t beat that feeling,” Cosby said.
Cosby is the Mules’ all-time leader among tight ends in receptions (141), receiving yards (2,146) and touchdowns (20). In 2010, which was his senior season, Cosby broke single-season records for a tight end in receptions (71), yards (970) and touchdowns (10).
He was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad on Nov. 14, and has spent time with the St. Louis Rams and the Green Bay Packers.
The Raiders inch closer and closer to actually putting Terrelle Pryor in a game.
Pryor has suited up for each of the past two games without getting a snap, with game circumstances dictating otherwise. Coach Dennis Allen said the right opportunity could present itself Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum.
Quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo said Thursday that the second-year quarterback has put in the requisite work to succeed.
“It’s gone great. The kid hasn’t let up (since training camp) in terms of work ethic and those things,” DeFilippo said. “He’s progressing nicely.”
Roaf, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this year after a 13-year career, will be honored by the Saints at halftime during Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He’ll also sign autographs and take pictures from 10 a.m.- 11:15 a.m. before the game Sunday.
“I don’t get a chance to go to many games now that I don’t live in the city,” Roaf said by phone Thursday. “It feels great to be going back after playing here for so long.”
Roaf’s career with the Saints spanned nine seasons from 1993-2001. He was the Saints’ first-round draft pick out of Louisiana Tech in the 1993 NFL draft.