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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

5-11, 200Born: 12-27-1986College: TexasDrafted: Round 3

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News you need to know

General News (Thu Oct 30): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 29): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 9: vs New York Jets

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Jamaal Charles did what he usually does when provided ample opportunity - he led the Chiefs to a 'W' with 13/73/2 rushing and 4/44/0 receiving vs. St. Louis last week. Knile Davis helped pile on with 16/49/1 as the Chiefs thrashed the Rams 34-7 in Arrowhead Stadium last week. When Andy Reid utilizes Charles properly, good things happen for the Chiefs. The Jets' rush D has held the last two opponents to under 70 yards rushing, with 32/67/1 given up to Buffalo last week and 15/63/0 allotted to the Patriots two weeks ago. The Jets have given up just three rushing scores all year, and are currently fifth in the NFL averaging 85.4 yards rushing allowed per game. Though part of the Jets' good showing is due to a vulnerable secondary that teams prefer to attack, they are tough to score on in this phase of the game. Kansas City as a team has a tough rushing matchup, but Charles is as much a receiver as a running back can be, and he'll likely do well in the other phase of the game this weekend.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 at SF 15 80 0 4 1 4 0 0
7 at SD 22 95 1 4 2 12 0 0
8 vs STL 13 73 2 4 4 44 0 0
9 vs NYJ PROJ-Dodds 17 * * 4 * * *
9 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 20 * * 3 * * *
9 vs NYJ PROJ-Bloom 15 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 7 vs SD (22 / 95 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)

Charles was a little sluggish early on and dropped an inside screen, but sprang to life on the Chiefs third drive. He started the drive with a nice cutback on an inside draw for a gain of eight but his run to finish the drive was spectacular. Charles took a handoff off tackle to the right and sprinted all the way to the sideline, he then cutback to the middle of the field and zigged through good downfield blocking before plunging into the end zone for a 16 yard touchdown. Charles had another exceptional run at the start of the second half. He picked up 10 yards on a very shifty run straight up the middle. Every cut was precise and perfectly timed. Knile Davis carried the load for most of the 4th quarter, limiting Charles to 22 carries. He was used sparingly in the passing game, but picked a key first down on a third down screen.

2014 Week 8 vs STL (13 / 73 / 2 rush, 4 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)

Charles had a miserable first half, totaling only 14 yards on 8 carries. The Rams were sitting on the run game and Charles twice lost his footing when he did get a little bit of room. As bad as the half was, he did pick up a one yard touchdown, bursting through a small crease in the line. On the next offensive play after that touchdown he was smothered in the backfield and coughed the ball up. The second half was a different story as the line started to provide some holes and Charles looked like his old self. On his first carry of the half he had a well-timed cutback for a gain of 7. Later in the drive he caught a short pass, broke a tackle and weaved his was downfield for a 30 yard gain. Charles had a 10 yard run up the middle to start the 4th quarter and then put it away with a 36 yard touchdown. On the long score he broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage then ran through an arm tackle at the 5. Three defenders touched him on the play but none looked like they had much of a prayer of bringing him down. Charles didn't touch the ball again as the team let Knile Davis run out the clock.


Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles practices in full (Thu Oct 30, 05:15 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (back) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.

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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles a full go (Wed Oct 29, 06:21 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (back) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Our View: Charles is good to go for fantasy owners in Week 9. The Chiefs should be able to have their way with the Jets, so behind Charles we like Knile Davis as a 'what the heck' flex.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles will practice (Thu Oct 23, 12:51 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (head) will participate in practice Thursday, Oct. 23, and the team does not plan on adding him to their injury report.

Our View: What an odd story. He was never looked at on the sidelines but what he described on the radio earlier this week sounded like a concussion. Whatever the reality of it, it seems like he has moved through protocol quickly and should be ready to go. He's a top five RB1 option this week.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles showed concussion symptoms (Wed Oct 22, 02:15 PM) - Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (concussion) showed no signs of a concussion when he was checked after a helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 7, according to trainer Rick Burkholder. However, Charles said he was never checked, and he said after the game that the hit was no big deal. He changed his tune after the game: 'It definitely hurt,' Charles said. 'A couple plays later, I just (saw) this light buzz around my eyes and I was trying to catch 'em. But I was like, 'Let's get the ball and run again.'' Charles had other concussion symptoms, as well, but didn't think he had a concussion. He was cleared from the concussion protocol Tuesday, Oct. 21, and was cleared to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, but the team will continue to monitor him.

Our View: Um, the Chiefs had better keep an eye on Charles here. He's clearly the best player on the roster, and Charles is one of the best backs in all of football. We're happy that Andy Reid didn't have to apologize (again) for not using Charles enough. Charles was a big reason why the Chiefs were able to beat the Chargers in Week 7.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles cleared to practice (Wed Oct 22, 01:41 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (concussion) was cleared to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, but the team will continue to monitor him throughout the week.

Our View: Charles had concussion-like symptoms after a big hit in the game against the San Diego Chargers last week. He should be good for Week 8.
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