Kansas City Chiefs: 7 Bold Predictions for RB Jamaal Charles in 2011
Last season, he was selected to his first Pro Bowl after rushing for over 1,400 yards and nearly breaking Jim Brown's 47-year-old YPC record of 6.4, as Charles finished with 6.38 yards per carry for the season.
This year, many expect to once again see big things out of the former University of Texas track star.
Here are my bold predictions for Charles' '11 season.
Jamaal Charles Will Have 1,500+ Rushing Yards
Last season, Charles rushed for 1,469 yards in one of the best seasons ever for a Chiefs RB.
Each season throughout his brief NFL career, JC has increased his production levels more and more, and I only see that continuing in 2011.
He should also get more carries this season after his big year in '10, coupled with the recent struggles of veteran teammate Thomas Jones.
Jamaal Charles Will Have 500+ Receiving Yards
Gaining 500 yards through the air is an impressive accomplishment for an RB in the NFL today.
For Jamaal Charles, it would be even more incredible, considering how good he is in the ground game as well.
Just like his rushing yards, Charles' receiving yards have steadily gone up in the past three seasons, leading me to believe that will continue their way up in 2011.
Jamaal Charles Will Have at Least 10 Games of over 100+ Rushing Yards
This might sound like the biggest reach out of any of these predictions, but if you take a closer look at Charles' stats, it could easily happen this season.
Charles had four games of 100+ rushing yards in 2010, but he was also very close to the century mark in a handful of other contests.
I expect him to have more carries in 2011, which will help him get the a few more yards per game, and give him many days where he will surpass 100+ rushing yards.
Jamaal Charles Will Have a TD of 90+ Yards
Charles' breakaway speed might be the best of any RB currently in the NFL.
His speed has already produced touchdowns of 97 and 76 yards in his young career, which makes me think that he will get another long TD of over 90 yards in 2011.
Jamaal is a true home-run hitter with the ball in his hands, and every time he touches the pigskin, he is a treat to take it to the house, no matter where he is on the field.
Jamaal Charles Will Get Injured at Some Point
One of the biggest concerns for the Chiefs this season will be the health of Jamaal Charles.
He is likely to get more carries, which means more wear and tear on his small frame, meaning he could easily suffer an injury sometime during the season.
Charles has had some minor injuries in his three seasons as a Chief, so it wouldn't be too much of a reach to say that he will have another one flare up during the upcoming 2011 season.
Jamaal Charles Will Lead the NFL in Rushing Yards
Charles was so close to accomplishing this very feat in 2010, as he finished just 149 yards behind NFL rushing champion Adrian Foster.
Foster, the undrafted RB out of Tennessee, will have the target on his back in '11, and I don't see him being as successful as he was a season ago.
This knocks the door wide open for Charles to take over the reigns as the NFL rushing champion, and I predict that he will easily do this with 1,500+ yards for the season.
Jamaal Charles Will Make Another Pro Bowl
Charles is easily one of the best backs in the league, and was is in a class by himself when it came to his career YPC numbers.
He was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2010, which many believe was just one of many to come for the young Chiefs back.
I consider him a strong favorite to make the AFC Pro Bowl in '11, considering that he was second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,467 just a season ago.