Jamaal Charles Is A Game-Time Decision
By Ben Nielsen
As of this writing, Jamaal Charles’ status for today’s game against the Miami Dolphins is still a mystery.
Andy Reid said on Friday the team would evaluate Charles after practice and again on Saturday before making a decision on Charles’ availability. After looking him over on Friday the Chiefs listed him as ‘questionable’ for today’s game, making his status a 50/50 shot of playing. Yesterday brought no new information.
This would lead us to believe that Charles is still a toss up for playing today.
One thing to consider about Charles is that even if he does play it would seem unlikely that he would get a full workload. Knile Davis received the reps with the first team in practice so he should be the primary guy even if Charles is declared active. The last thing the Chiefs need is to push Charles further than what his ankle can handle.
Where Charles could be effective for the Chiefs if he were to play today would be in the red zone and on third downs. Charles is a significantly better pass blocker than Davis and would be a useful in adding some extra protection for Alex Smith. And we all know what Charles can do with the ball in his hands on swing passes, screens, and stretch plays.
Kansas City has struggled in the red zone so far this season so getting Charles involved may help swing some of their luck in a positive direction. While Knile Davis did have two red zone touchdowns last week in Denver, he does not command the kind of attention Charles does in those situations. This could open up some plays for Anthony Fasano and Travis Kelce.
When there is more information on Charles’ status, we’ll let you know.
Jamaal Charles is a game-time decision but it sounds as if the current decision is for him to not play.