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Alex Smith is a Super Bowl caliber quarterback, says teammate Jamaal Charles

Published: Tuesday, June 30 2015 3:55 p.m. MDT

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett (90) reaches for him in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot, AP) San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles as Arizona Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett (90) reaches for him in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot, AP)

Former Ute Alex Smith is a Super Bowl caliber quarterback, says Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles, according to NFL.com.

"He's the man. We believe in him, we trust in him, we want him to make plays for us," Charles said in an interview with NFL.com's Around The League.

Charles, who came back from a torn ACL to lead the AFC in rushing in 2012, said that he can relate to the adversity Smith faced last season. Smith was benched in favor of Colin Kaepernick and eventually traded by the San Francisco 49ers after a series of concussions last season, despite leading the league in passer rating and completion percentage through 10 games.

"I mean, he don't want to talk about it, but it bothered him, like it bothered me when I got hurt," Charles told the site. "He's been winning most all of his career. I think he wants to prove people wrong: That he is a good quarterback, that he can stay consistent."

Charles also gave a glowing review of new head coach Andy Reid.

"I get goosebumps just talking about it because his system is just so perfect for me," Charles told NFL.com. "The sky's the limit for me in this offense."

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