Anyone who grew up playing basketball or football in the last thirty years is probably familiar with the idea of “breaking ankles.”
More or less, it’s a way of saying someone was completely faked out by another player. Example: “Damn! Patty just broke Daniel’s ankles.”
Well, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is so agile that he’s literally breaking other player’s ankles at Chiefs training camp.
ESPN reporter Adam Teicher was at Chief’s camp on Wednesday and watched Charles put a nasty open-field move on safety Sanders Commings. Commings fell to the ground on the juke and had to be helped off the field.
Yesterday morning, Andy Reid spoke with reporters and delivered some news that will probably get Commings made fun of for the rest of his life: he broke his ankle on the play.
Fact: Charles is the most elusive back in the league. Name another running back who fakes people out so badly that their bones snap.
Charles had 1,287 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns for the Chiefs last year. He also caught 70 passes for 693 yards and seven touchdowns. Get this: he led the Chiefs in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns last year. If not for some guy named Peyton Manning, he could have been the league’s MVP.