Jamaal Charles at No. 2 is no big deal

I wouldn’t make too much of Jamaal Charles starting training camp as the No. 2 running back behind veteran Thomas Jones.

It’s no big deal.

Charles will be the primary back in Kansas City if he doesn’t suddenly fall off the face of the earth. This is a blossoming star. The Chiefs will use him.

But considering Jones is on the team now and Charles is coming off an offseason shoulder injury, this isn’t the worst idea ever. It's camp. Let the kid ease into to it.

We all know when the season starts, the Chiefs are going to be a run-first operation and Charles and Jones will both get lots of carries. There’s no way Charles is going to be buried. He was a star in the second half of the season, finishing with 1,120 yards, including a 259-yard performance to end the season in Denver.

Second-year Kansas City coach Todd Haley has proved to be a motivator. There is a chance he is letting Charles know that he still has to work hard. That should be the message. Here’s what Haley had to say about it to the Kansas City Star: “That’s coaching. I’m not real interested in any of these guys being real comfortable.”

Whatever works.

But rest assured, Chiefs fans, Haley knows Charles is one of his best players. When the season starts, Charles will be on the field plenty.