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Charles Takes a Back Seat to Jones Running with the Second Team

The Chiefs today had Jamaal Charles running with the second team, leading some to say it’s a ploy by Todd Haley to keep the back on his toes:

As important as Jamaal Charles is to this year’s offense, Kansas City does have an insurance policy. The Chiefs signed free-agent running back Thomas Jones during the offseason, and he worked this weekend with the first-team offense. Charles, meanwhile, ran with the backups. Todd Haley wouldn’t admit that it’s a psychological ploy to keep Charles hungry, to prod him to rediscover the inferiority complex he carried into last year’s training camp. But Haley has said often that he’s not above mind games if it helps motivate a player, particularly a youngster with as much upside as Charles. “That’s coaching,” Haley said. “I’m not real interested in any of these guys being real comfortable. Maybe down the road when we’re a real good team and some real good things are happening.”

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