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June 22, 2013

Jamaal enters athletic prime

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PORT ARTHUR — Reid’s version of the West Coast offense popularized by former San Francisco head coach Bill Walsh is very friendly to running backs. In his time in Philadelphia, Reid helped bring along star runners like Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy. Each player had multiple 1,000 yard rushing seasons in Philly while also adding plenty of catches out of the backfield.

Reid also had a reputation of not being committed to the run while with the Eagles. With Charles coming off a career-high 1,509 rushing yards in 2012, that’s not the best news for him. But, Charles is an underrated pass catcher who could put up big all-purpose numbers in this offense.

“Really, the sky is the limit with him with what we’re trying to do,” new offensive coordinator Doug Pederson told the Kansas City Star’s Adam Teicher. “You can use him more in the passing game. You’ve seen him split out as a single receiver or come out of the backfield. He’s a guy you can move around and put in different positions, motion out of the backfield or shift him out of the backfield. He catches the ball so well. We have to take advantage of that offensively.”

Charles’ big 2012 campaign, that also saw him score five rushing TDs and catch 35 passes for 236 yards and one TD, got him plenty of notice from the rest of the NFL. The former University of Texas runner was named No. 20 on NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 players in the NFL this season. That list is voted on by his NFL peers.

What’s amazing both about his placement on the list and his performance last season is that Charles admitted he was still a little hesitant about his knee. Charles saw his 2011 season wiped out in the second game of the year when he suffered a torn ACL while being tackled along the sideline.

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