Charles doesn't see any reason carrying one of the NFL's heaviest loads should take a toll on his longevity. The two-year contract extension Charles, 27, signed last month runs through the 2017 season, and the three-time Pro Bowl pick sees himself continuing to produce well beyond that. "I'll hopefully be in the Hall of Fame one day and stay healthy and hopefully, I can play to 34, 35 years old, man," Charles said. "Other people think running backs die down past 30, so just try and do (it). Think outside the box." Reported by USA Today
As USA Today's Tom Pelissero noted, by historical standards, Charles' total of 329 touches last season – 259 carries for 1,287 yards, plus 70 catches for 693 yards and 19 total touchdowns – isn't extraordinary. (James Wilder set the single-season record of 492 in 1984.) It wasn't even the highest total in the NFL last season. But that doesn't mean it won't be this year. Charles is a perfect fit for Andy Reid's offense and the coach isn't afraid to lean on his star halfback. "All the great ones, they just want one (back)," Reid said. "That's a tough position, and you've got to have the right mindset to play it. Unfortunately, that mindset and sitting on the bench a couple plays – that doesn't go together." Reid said he's comfortable if Charles hits 320 touches for the third straight year, in large part because of the way Charles takes care of his body. ... So how many times does Charles want the ball in his hands this season? "I don't know, man," Charles said. "Sometimes, I would like 11 touches (in a game). Sometimes, I would like 20 touches. It depends how the game goes. Sometimes, I have 11 carries for 100 yards. Sometimes, I have 25 carries for 100 yards. "It doesn't matter how Coach gets me the ball. Once I get in the rhythm and I'm in the game, I just feel so comfortable now. I'm 27 years old. I know what I want, and I know what the team wants. ..." Fantasy owners should count on the touches being what they want.