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June 22, 2013

Jamaal enters athletic prime

PORT ARTHUR — At 26, Port Arthur native Jamaal Charles is entering his athletic prime.

The running back should be poised for a prime season with the Kansas City Chiefs, but once again must deal with offensive turnover. In the last four years, Charles has seen four different offensive coordinators, but this year, the change goes deeper than just one coach.

“From my first year, I’ve seen a lot of changes,” Charles said. “They came in and scooped up everybody from the GM to the head coach, players, the training room, the front office and strength coaches. It’s a lot of changes. It definitely reminds me I’m not in the same place. It feels like I’m around a new environment.”

In a wide ranging interview at his youth football camp in Port Arthur on Friday, Charles talked about new head coach Andy Reid and the West Coast offense he brings, his health last season, his goals for the upcoming campaign and more.

After Kansas City finished with the worst record in the NFL at , the team cleaned house, firing general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Romeo Crennel. In their places, the Chiefs hired former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid and former Packers director of football operations John Dorsey as GM.

With Reid comes a new offense and new opportunity for Charles.

“I feel good about it,” Charles said. “My hopes are high. I’m 26 years old. They say that’s when you top your peak, when you’re that age. I’ve got a great opportunity with Andy Reid. With the past history he has with Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy, I can’t go wrong with that. You won’t know how good I am until I get into the system. Everyone knows I’m pretty good, but you won’t know for sure until I get into the system.”

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