RB Jackie Battle - Free Agent

6-1, 245Born: 10-1-1983College: HoustonDrafted: ---

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2014 Week 6 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Shonn Greene out, Battle became the goal line back. He scored a touchdown with his only attempt by plunging into the end zone

2014 Week 7 vs WAS (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)

Battle continues to be used as a role player in specific scenarios while Shonn Greene is injured. Battle has taken advantage of his opportunities, but Greene's return will inevitably take those touches away from him.

2013 Week 1 vs PIT (8 / 21 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle came in on third and 2 in the second quarter and couldn't win at the point of attack on a well blocked play. Battle made up for it on the very next play as he evaded a defender in the backfield to convert for a first down. Battle got the Titans' first goalline carry and powered his way in for a touchdown on a well-blocked play. With an eight point lead late in the third quarter, the Titans inserted Battle in for Johnson as the team's feature back.

2013 Week 2 vs HOU (6 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Shonn Greene out and Battle coming off an impressive Week 1, it's no surprise that the veteran back's first carry came early in the first quarter. Battle was vaulted into the secondary by excellent blocking, before he ran right over Danieal Manning for a first down. The only surprise was that Battle didn't see another carry until a fourth and one play to start the second quarter, a play that he failed to convert as he was hit in the backfield. Battle is very much a situational runner who only touches the ball when Johnson needs a breather or in short-yardage situations.

2013 Week 3 vs SD (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle didn't feature much for the Titans as they relied heavily on Chris Johnson. His first carry came at the goalline when he was stopped for no gain. Battle took the next carry to start the following drive as the Titans were backed up in their own red zone. Battle for a long time has been a big back who rarely punished defenders, this season he has done that repeatedly for the Texans. On this play, he ran right over Eric Weddle to extend his run into the secondary. Battle's next carry came late in the third quarter, as he stumbled with the ball to limit his gain. The Titans gave it right back to him as he pushed his way up the middle for a short gain.

2013 Week 4 vs NYJ (11 / 42 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle was barely used in the first half but came in for Johnson often in the second as the Titans played with a big lead. His numbers suggest that he played much better than Johnson, but those numbers are warped by one big 20 yard run late in the fourth quarter when the Jets were overaggressive on defense. Battle was able to escape outside left tackle when the Titans pulled offensive linemen from the other side, but he showed very little explosion in the open field. Battle is playing well this season, but don't expect him to take over Johnson's starting role any time soon.

2013 Week 5 vs KC (6 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Johnson was the focus of the offense early on before Battle came in for the first third and short of the game. Battle couldn't get much push at the line of scrimmage, which resulted in fourth down. Battle came in again to start a drive in the second quarter, but again he was stopped at the line of scrimmage. Battle stayed in for that drive and with his third carry of the game, he broke free. Battle was sent running off left tackle before he made an excellent cut to escape down the sideline for a huge gain. A Delanie Walker completion preceded Battle's first carry at the goalline. Battle was stopped at the line again by the Chiefs' defensive interior. The Titans went back to Battle on fourth down after two failed throws, but he failed to get into the endzone again despite peeling off the first hit and fighting through multiple bodies. Battle's big reception came in the fourth quarter when the game had already been decided.

2013 Week 7 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Battle's first involvement on offense came on third and 15 late in the first quarter. He caught a screen pass for seven yards out of the backfield.

2013 Week 17 vs HOU (1 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)

Battle spent some time on the field early in this game, but he mostly served as a pass-blocker. His one run went for 16 yards in the third quarter, but that run came on third and 18 when the defense was set up to stop the pass.

2012 Week 2 vs TEN (14 / 69 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After seeing almost no action in the first half, Battle made the game his own in the second. The newly-acquired running back is the first back this season for San Diego who appears willing and able to knock defenders backwards and run with ANY sort of consistency. Despite doing all of his work in the second half, Battle ended up leading the team in rushing for the game and even remained in on short yardage plays. He went flying over the pile for his first score and then got a fourth down carry late in the game on the goal line and dove under the pile for his second touchdown (it should be noted that he failed to get in on any of the previous three goal line carries before scoring on the fourth one). Battle saw the majority of the critical fourth down carries and delivered some punishing hits to would-be defenders. It was reminiscent of the way Michael Turner and Mike Tolbert would come on late in games and just use their big bodies to pound away at defenders who were powerless to stop it even though they knew what was coming. That's not to say Battle is at that level or even close to it, but it wouldn't be surprising if Battle earned himself more of a role in the San Diego backfield (at least in the short term) with this performance. After all, nobody else on the roster has shown anything worth discussing in the running game besides Battle, and he was quite impressive in this game.

2012 Week 3 vs ATL (3 / 55 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

One week after a very effective second half, Battle was again relegated to bench duties with Ryan Mathews ready to return. Battle entered the game as the halfback on the team's second possession, but did not get an offensive touch. And despite only taking three carries in this one, Battle was again the leading rusher in the game for the Chargers. With the outcome of the game long decided, the Chargers removed Mathews from the game late to preserve him and they inserted Battle into the lineup. He got a huge burst up the middle into the open field for a big gain. While he was eventually caught from behind, it wasn't until he had already picked up 52 yards on the play. It's quite possible that Battle can play a fourth quarter role with some regularity on this team, much like Michael Turner once did for LaDainian Tomlinson years ago under Norv Turner.

2012 Week 4 vs KC (15 / 39 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)

Battle earned the surprise start in the game, with some suggesting the Chargers were sending a message to Ryan Mathews by benching him to start the game after last week's fumble near the goal line. Battle has looked pretty solid in limited action thus far in 2012, and this game was no exception. There wasn't a ton of running room on most of his rushing attempts out of the backfield, but he did a very good job in the passing game and in the short yardage running game. He came close to scoring on the opening possession, bursting through the hole after rumbling over defenders, but was taken down at the goal line. On the second possession, he again came up just short of the goal line on a rushing attempt, but this time he was given the carry on the follow-up play and he came through with the score. In the second half, most observers probably expected San Diego to turn back to Mathews especially considering how much trouble the Chargers had moving the football, but instead it was more of the same. Mathews just remained on the sideline while Battle got all of the work. Eventually, Battle got wide open in the corner of the end zone and after going through his progressions, Rivers found him for the easy score. Late in the game, Mathews did come into the game to run out the clock and did some very good work (Mathews actually out-rushed Battle by 22 yards despite one less carry in the game). It is unclear whether the Chargers plan on rotating the backs like they did last year with Mathews and Mike Tolbert, but Battle at least appears to have secured a goal line role with the team for the time being and until Mathews shows he can be trusted 100% to protect the football in the red zone.

2012 Week 5 vs NO (4 / 10 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Battle featured a lot early on, but for a thumping running back, he doesn't show much aggression or seek out contact. Battle plays the position very passively and never showed any potential to break plays. He is safe with the football, but also ineffective with it.

2012 Week 6 vs DEN (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

The waiver wire darling of the past two weeks, Battle suddenly saw his workload drop significantly. His first carry of the game didn't come until late in the first half, when starter Ryan Mathews had sixteen touches already. Battle had just two rushing attempts in the game, compared to 22 for Mathews. At this point, it appears safe to say that Mathews is the feature back and Battle is relegated to backup duties once again.

2012 Week 8 vs CLE (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle only had a handful of touches in the game. His most impactful play was getting stuffed on a fourth and one carry on the opening drive. He later had a decent run, getting bottled up initially but bouncing off the defenders to pick up some extra yardage. Despite another Ryan Mathews fumble, Mathews was still the go-to guy for most of the rushing duties.

2012 Week 9 vs KC (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle did a nice job in limited work. He saw his first action early in the second quarter, lowering his shoulder and picking up the first down on a short yardage carry. Later in the game, he was given a bit more room to work with and got a head of steam going before bowling over the defender for another first down run. However, with Ryan Mathews back and Ronnie Brown the team's third down back, it doesn't appear Battle has much of a regular role to speak of anymore.

2012 Week 10 vs TB (1 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle was the only San Diego rusher who had any kind of success on the ground, but he had just one carry. It didn't come until the middle of the third quarter, and resulted in a big 21-yard gain on third down up the left side off of some terrific blocking. But curiously, that was Battle's only offensive touch of the game.

2012 Week 11 vs DEN (4 / -3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Battle got a handful of carries in the early going as the team took it easy on perpetually banged-up running back Ryan Mathews. But as the game went along and the Chargers fell further and further behind, the need for a player of Battle's skill set diminished. And the one time they did call on him was on a third and 1 carry which he was stuffed on.

2012 Week 12 vs BAL (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Battle was called upon for a first half rushing attempt on a 3rd and 1 play. He was stuffed at the line and ended up half a yard shy. He got the call again on the next play and barely converted the fourth down rush attempt that time. Early in the fourth quarter, he gave an excellent effort on a rare reception. QB Philip Rivers checked through all of his options before finally dumping one out in the flat to Battle. He turned upfield, making one defender miss and then running through several others on the way to picking up a first down.

2012 Week 14 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle had one big opportunity, on a 3rd down rush attempt late in the first half. The Pittsburgh defense blasted through the line and ruined the play before it even really started, and Battle never had a chance to pick up the first down.

2012 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Battle was relegated to short yardage duties in this game. It can be safely assumed that if the Chargers had gotten to the goal line at any point, Battle's name would have likely been called. But they never did get close to a scoring play from that range. With starting halfback Ryan Mathews having injured his collarbone early in the game, the remainder of his season is in jeopardy. With that being the case, Battle's role should certainly increase over the final two weeks.

2012 Week 16 vs NYJ (19 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

With starter Ryan Mathews out for the season with another fractured collarbone, Battle was called upon to make the start. The Chargers got very little push up front and Battle was stuffed on a couple of short yardage opportunities. Things opened up a bit in the second half, and he did a good job of finishing off runs by keeping his legs churning. But his long gain of the game went for just nine yards, and his impact in the passing game was also minimal.

2012 Week 17 vs OAK (19 / 37 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

The Chargers certainly tried to establish a running game, running it 31 times to just 17 pass attempts. Battle was the biggest beneficiary of the extra workload, handling 19 of the Chargers' 27 running back carries. The problem is that there was once again very little room to maneuver. Battle averaged just over two yards per carry with a big gain of eight, and on the one short yardage run he was tasked with, he got stuffed on third down and 1. Where Battle did do a nice job, however, was in the passing game. He tied a career high with four receptions, often taking short passes in the flat and on dumpoffs but quickly turning them upfield for first down yardage.

2011 Week 2 vs DET (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Took the final 2 carries of the game as both teams wanted to get off the field ASAP. Might be worth keeping an eye on as another inury and he could see some real action. Battle played at Houston and is 6-2, 240 pounds so he is more of a blocking type back but the Chiefs have a couple big guys including McClain at the running back spot.

2011 Week 4 vs MIN (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In a perfect world, the Chiefs' offensive line would start opening holes and Jackie Battle would be the one running through them. His combination of size and speed looks really good once he gets going downhill, not an opportunity the Chiefs' line often was affording him. A key point at the end of the game was when the Chiefs gave the ball to Battle, and not Jones, to run the clock out. Battle has had issues fumbling in the past and this decision hints that Todd Haley may be getting past that. Battle rewarded him with a bulldozing 10 yard run and, on 3rd and 1, a two yard run to clinch the game.

2011 Week 5 vs IND (19 / 119 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

It took Battle almost a quarter and a half to truly get involved, but it's symbolic that the first successful Chiefs' drive started with four consecutive runs from the 238 pound back. While those 4 second quarter carries may have provided the symbolism, the second half provided the proof. On the second drive of the half Battle had consecutive 11 yard gains, making a smooth cut and trucking linebacker Pat Angerer on the second. Later in the drive on 3rd and 1 he was hit in the backfield but drove the pile across the marker to keep the drive alive. While the Chiefs never ran the ball inside the 5 it was Battle with the short yardage carries and Battle in the game on 1st and goal from the 5. Just like last week when it came time to put the game away, Jackie Battle was the guy to get the ball and he put the hammer down with a 24 yard run breaking 3 tackles in the process. Two plays later he got his helmet too low on a 9 yard gain and had to be helped off the field, but the victory was in hand. The extent of Battle's injury is not known, but he did walk off the field under his own power and it looked to just be a stinger.

2011 Week 7 vs OAK (16 / 76 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Reports that Jackie Battle would be the feature back proved to be correct, but the feature back in Kansas City looks a little different than it does in many places. Battle registered 1 carry on the Chiefs' first 23 play and just 3 carries for 11 yards in the entire first half. What was more disappointing was that one 1st and goal from the 1 it was fullback Leron McClain that got the carry and not Battle. The second half started much differently and was much more productive for Battle. He was running downhill, showing good patience on toss plays and good explosion when he found the hole. Unfortunately for Battle, on 3rd and 1 from the 7 his thunder was again stolen, this time by safety Javier Arenas in the Wildcat formation. With the Chiefs firmly in control, HC Todd Haley focused more on the ground game and Battle remained the beneficiary piling up 13 carries in the second half. He was looking to deliver the hit in most cases and rarely went down at first contact. His biggest gain came late in the game on a 24 yard scamper around the right side.

2011 Week 8 vs SD (19 / 70 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle started the game looking a little more tentative than he has lately and had little success because of it. The Chiefs mostly kept the ball between the tackles, and Battle was often getting hit before he got to the line of scrimmage. That all changed at the end of the third quarter when Battle took a toss around the left side for 7 yards. He immediately found a little extra pep in his step and started hitting the holes a lot harder. An 18 yard carry included a nice cutback, a broken tackle and a dive that came up just shy of the goal line. Unlike last week, it was Battle who then got the goal line carry and converted for a touchdown. He continued to have success going off tackle and was again the Chiefs most successful back.

2011 Week 9 vs MIA (14 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

They tried to use him a lot early in the game and Battle was a big part of the opening drive. He ended up with few yards despite a lot of touches early. Battle had 6 carries on the opening drive of the football game but only 11 yards at that point. As the game progressed the Chiefs started to grow impatient and threw the ball a lot creating fewer chances for Battle. What's a little disturbing is the Chiefs do not seem capable of getting the ball to any of their backs out of the backfield. Give Miami credit as they have been pretty tough against the run despite their record. Battle had a couple of nice runs on the drive after Miami went up 14-3 but he never really got his motor going.

2011 Week 10 vs DEN (9 / 61 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It's becoming clear that for Jackie Battle to be effective (or even involved) the Chiefs need to be in the lead. Battle showed the best push of the 3 Chiefs backs, hitting the pile and pushing it for additional yardage, but his opportunities were limited. He also showed his limited speed when he was caught from behind by a defensive lineman. His first carry of the 3rd quarter went for 34 yards as the line gave him a gaping hole and he made the safety miss him. On his next carry he took a shot to the head and left the game shaken up, but returned on the very next series. Before long the Chiefs were in catch up mode, which meant lots of Dexter McCluster, and no carries for Battle.

2011 Week 11 vs NE (8 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

This was Battle's most discouraging game since he took over as Kansas City's primary running back. While he didn't have much success early, the biggest negative for him was a long run early on from Thomas Jones, which earned Jones more time than he's grown accustomed to. Even Battle's 33 yard total is misleading as 22 of those yards came on the Chiefs' final two plays when they were just trying to run the clock out so they could go home.

2011 Week 12 vs PIT (9 / 20 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle, much like his backfield mates, had little room to run for most of the game. He struggled to find any holes or break away from tacklers. Battle got to run the sprint-draw described in McCluster's portion of the recap on a 3rd-and-2 late in the game. It finally looked like he'd have some room and gain a first down, but his own tight end was blocked back into him. This allowed Pittsburgh's defense to converge and make the play.

2011 Week 13 vs CHI (11 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle looked more like a fullback in this game, rather than one leg of the three-legged RB monster that runs in Kansas City. Battle powered forward for short gains whenever he touched the ball, and was frequently stuffed by a swarming Chicago defense for no gain or a short loss. His longest run of the day was just five yards and he finished the day with just 15 yards on 11 carries.

2011 Week 14 vs NYJ (10 / 33 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)

Battle was nearly helpless in the face of a fierce defensive effort by the Jets. While he did find some room to run on occasion, too often he was hit on or just beyond the line of scrimmage, really only finding some success because the Jets finally just sat back in zone coverage when they got way ahead. When the Jets decided to focus on the run, they could go all out as they didn't have to worry about the poor passing attack. Battle lacks any real speed or explosiveness and remains a poor substitute for Jamaal Charles.

2011 Week 15 vs GB (10 / 37 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Battle ran into a pile for most of the day, but the positive was that he was pushing the pile forward. After a 5 yard carry through 2 tacklers, Battle was given a carry on 1st and goal from the 4 and plowed forward to the one yard line. For some reason the Chiefs chose to pass on the next two plays and Battle didn't get a chance to score. On second and 7 in the second quarter, Battle did an excellent job of following his blockers on a screen and then trucked a safety for a first down. He was again denied the score with 2 carries inside the 5 for -1 yards. He pretty much disappeared from the game plan until the 4th quarter when he plowed through the right side of the line for a 1 yard TD. His biggest gain of the day came on 2nd and 6 in the 4th quarter with Chiefs needing a first down to seal the game. Battle took a toss left and picked up 15 behind great blocking.

2011 Week 16 vs OAK (14 / 56 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Battle ran through tacklers all day and just missed two TDs. The first came in the second quarter from the Raider 17. On an off tackle run he broke a tackle at the line and ran through a safety before being brought down by the last man between him and the end zone at the 7 yard line. In the third quarter Battle found himself wide open in the end zone, but Kyle Orton threw the ball low and it was batter away at the line. It should have been an easy TD. Battle was stuffed on an important 4th and inches carry in the 4th quarter. While he did a good job of carrying tacklers, Battle did not have a great day partially because of his lack of ability to miss defenders.

2009 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)

Battle got a few touches because Jamaal Charles was inactive, but he didn't run as physical as his size suggests he should, and he didn't run with the burst his 4.4 40 time suggests either. Even on his one good gain, there were more yards to be gained if Battle hadn't danced and instead just ran downhill.

2009 Week 4 vs NYG (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jackie Battle had a meaningless 3-yard rush in the third quarter in Week 4. He is buried on the depth chart behind Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles, so he has no fantasy value right now at all.

2007 Week 16 vs DET (1 / 3 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jackie Battle's career rushing attempts are an astounding success. After several injuries for the Chiefs at rushing back, Battle was brought in to be the backup to Kolby Smith. In his first and only rushing attempt ever in the league, Battle ran three yards and scored a touchdown. He did not get any more carries and only had one incomplete pass thrown his way. Still, that is not a bad beginning.

2007 Week 17 vs NYJ (13 / 44 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Jackie Battle got the nod after Kolby Smith left the game with an injury in the first quarter. He performed well, rushing 13 times for 44 yards and catching one pass out of the backfield. He looked quick, however showed a lack of experience on some plays where he missed an assignment or was not on the same page as Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle.