Jamaal Charles isn't calling to get the ball more

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- No matter how much Jamaal Charles gets the ball, it’s a thing in Kansas City: When the Chiefs lose, it's because Charles doesn’t get the ball enough.

That's how it’s been the past couple of weeks, when the Chiefs lost and Charles had just 11 carries in each of the games.

Charles has been a team-first player since joining the Chiefs, so it’s not surprising that he’s not necessarily thinking along those lines.

“I’m just here to win," Charles said. “Whatever coach calls, I’ve gotta go with it. You can’t be mad at whatever’s called. Sometimes it’s just the wrong situation to get the ball. Sometimes I come out of the game and I’m not able to break a long run in those situations.

“I could have had more than 11 carries [last week against the Bengals]. The second half I got cramped so I didn’t go into the game [for a short stretch]."

Charles’ carries are down from his busiest seasons but he’s getting the ball plenty as a pass receiver. He already has 20 catches, putting him on pace for 80. That would break his career-high of 70, set in 2013.