Feb 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles receives the NFL.com fantasy player of the year award at the 3rd NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jamaal Charles 8th In NFL Network Rankings


Jamaal Charles is the second best running back in the league, but the folk at NFL Network disagree.

Charles came in 8th overall in the NFL Network’s player rankings, which made him the fifth Chiefs player to make the list for 2013. One of the best running backs in all of football, Charles was only one touchdown and 20 yards from scrimmage away from becoming the 10th player in NFL history to have 2,000 yards from scrimmage and at least 20 touchdowns. The only reason why he did not get there was because the Chiefs benched him in week 17 in preparation for the playoffs.

The NFL rankings place Adrian Peterson as the top running back and number four overall player, a decision with which I have no problem. LeSean McCoy’s rating over Charles and number five placement on the list is something with which I do take issue. By no means is McCoy a terrible running back, but he is not game planned for in the same way as Charles. Who is the other weapon in the Chiefs offense after Charles? Better question, is there another weapon on the Chiefs offense after Charles?

Charles’ ability to remain productive at an elite level while also being at the center of every defenses’ attack is what separates Charles from McCoy. There may not be a non-quarterback in the NFL right now who can impact and dictate a game the way Charles and Peterson do for their respective teams. McCoy has not proven to be a running back who can be mentioned in the same way.

Enough of the bitching, congrats to Charles for being awesome. Here’s to Charles’ top 10 appearance and an even better 2014.

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  • Deaudrey Dre-Mac MacDonald

    He should be #3 to #4 on this list….even tho Peterson is great Charles is in a league of his own…way better than McCoy

  • trinity

    I don’t think shady would be as successful if he switched places with Charles. You’re right, the chiefs have no other weapon on offense outside of charles. I don’t think there’s a running back in the league outside of JC and AP that could carry that load.

  • Tom Sparks

    I agree…. JC should have been #3-4. But the National media pundits know soooo much more than us. They are a joke & I hardly ever watch the National Sports Media mouth anymore!
    JC congrats! But you deserve better!

  • Michael Shaw

    The only 3 players I can see as being better than JC are (in this order) 1. P. Manning 2. AP 3. T. Brady and 4. JC.

  • ben

    Charles will have a down year this year unfortunately gotta love the guy though is a beast buts gets paid like a scrub

  • Roger Mihalko

    Charles comes back from devastating ACL injury and has a 1700+ yard season, the next year has even better year at 1900+ yards. JC was edged out in yards by Shady, but again he didn’t play in the last game,and jc had 7 moreTD’s. AP is off the charts with 2000 rushing yards alone after ACL injury. I would put JC over Shady, for the more TD’s, More impact to defense’s and year over Year Production.

  • Chuck Beamgardcbe

    Yet again another east coast bias with the media if he played on a team that got more media attention he would be ranked where in the top 5 like he should be

  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    I would probably rate McCoy better than Charles as well, but I wouldn’t trade Charles for him!