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Chiefs fans are thrilled to see Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis team up in 2012 to help make the Chiefs the top rushing team in the league for the second time in three years. The only thing the fans want to know is, who is going to start?
As a powerback, Hillis has the ability the ability to break through the middle and drag defenders with him while rushing the football and can be most useful in the red zone, where the Chiefs struggled the most offensively.
With tremendous speed and agility, one hole and one big block through the hole is enough for Charles to get through the lane and amass a large chunk of yards.
Charles has had a bad history of injuries. In 2009, he played with a distressed shoulder after being named the starter when Larry Johnson left the team. During the 2010 offseason team activities, Charles did not participate due to the same nagging shoulder injury. He managed to eventually play during the preseason and the regular season.
And as we all know, 2011 was a tough year for Charles as he only played for one game plus one extra drive and was forced to watch his team from the sidelines for the rest of the season.
Despite everything he has gone through, Charles is showing that he is strong and can still play, despite his size and some of the injuries he has gone through. However, it is important that the Chiefs play it safe with him, as he is their best player.
The player who starts may not be the same player who leads the team in carries. As long as offensive coordinator Brian Daboll makes sure the best player leads the team in carries, Chiefs fans won't be complaining, unlike 2010.
Projected starter: Peyton Hillis