Less than a year removed from suffering a torn anterior cruciate that ended his 2011 season, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles feels as though he has regained something that eluded Austin Powers in âThe Spy Who Shagged Meâ and currently is missing from Mike Mularkeyâs first training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I feel better. I feel good. I feel like I got my mojo back,â Charles said Wednesday, via the Kansas City Star. âI feel happy, I feel comfortable out there and Iâm ready to go.â
Charles did add that he needed to take care of his body, such as icing his knee, which suggests that the Chiefs will take a cautious approach with the 2010 Pro Bowl player during the preseason. Kansas City beefed up its backfield with the signing of Peyton Hillis and added Cyrus Gray in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The Chiefs made the playoffs after leading the NFL in rushing yards in 2010. Without Charles, the Chiefs dropped to 15th in rushing last season. With Charles and Hillis handling the workload in the backfield, returning to the top of the AFC West and the playoffs is Charlesâ main focus.
"Thatâs the goal,â Charles said. âWeâre here to win. ... Weâre trying to go to the Super Bowl, or win the AFC West. Weâre trying to do everything to help our team win."