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Drafted as a complementary back to starter Larry Johnson, it was unsure what long-term role Jamaal Charles would serve for the Kansas City Chiefs after being chosen out of the University of Texas in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
However, as Johnson became prone to injury and his skills started to decline, coupled with his lewd off-field behavior, Charles was quickly thrust into the spotlight as the focus of the Chiefs' offense.
Since becoming a full-time featured back midway through the 2009 season, Charles has certainly not disappointed. Over his young career he has amassed 3,027 yards on just 499 carries with 12 touchdowns.
Although an ACL injury ruined his 2011 season, Charles will have had close to a full year to recover by the time the 2012 season begins. With an improved offensive line, it will be interesting to see how he bounces back.