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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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General News (Wed Oct 22): 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.

Week 8: vs St. Louis Rams

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Now that Andy Reid's strange fits of absence of mind about Jamaal Charles seem to have passed, Charles is once again dominating the competition with 22/95/1 rushing and 2/12/0 receiving at San Diego during the Chiefs' 23-20 upset win over the Chargers. Knile Davis contributed 10/25/0 rushing and 1/11/0 receiving as the Chiefs played keep-away with the ball in San Diego, holding the ball on offense for 39 of the 60 minutes. We'll see if Reid can keep his capable all-star running back at the front of the offense again this week. Last week, St. Louis got a huge ego boost by outlasting the Seahawks 28-26, but they still allowed 29/171/1 rushing to Seattle. Two weeks ago, San Francisco managed 30/89/0 rushing at the Edward Jones Dome - to date, the Rams are 28th in the NFL averaging 145.0 rushing yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores surrendered. Advantage, Charles and the Chiefs.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs NE 18 92 1 3 3 16 2 0
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 PROJ-Dodds 20 * * 3 * * *
8 vs STL PROJ-Tremblay 20 * * 3 * * *
8 vs STL PROJ-Bloom 21 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs SF (15 / 80 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Charles had a great and frustrating game on Sunday, both from a real world and fantasy perspective. On one hand, Charles showed great burst and lateral agility on his way to an impressive 5.3 yards per carry. Charles is patient and sees holes as they develop, but has the speed to capitalize on creases after they open before they're quickly shut by defenders. This ultimately is what sets him apart from impressive second year backup running back Knile Davis. Davis has incredible speed, just like Charles, but does not have the lateral agility or the patience that Jamaal does. Neither Charles nor Davis, however, were given the chance to convert several short distances on third and fourth down throughout the game, as Andy Reid elected to pass which often did not work for a conversion. Charles also fumbled the ball right before the close of the first half which was luckily recovered by Kansas City. The Chiefs were deep in their own territory and shouldn't have been running the ball as there was only 22 seconds left on the clock for the very reason of possibly fumbling deep in their own territory, but the very fact Charles coughed up the ball is a concern. Charles was also underutilized as a receiver, tallying only one reception all day. Fantasy owners will take the 84 all purpose yards, but have to be frustrated by the plays that were left on the field for Charles to potentially exploit.

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.

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Latest News

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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Schedule

8vs St. Louis Rams
9vs New York Jets
10@ Buffalo Bills
11vs Seattle Seahawks
12@ Oakland Raiders
13vs Denver Broncos
14@ Arizona Cardinals
15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Pittsburgh Steelers
17vs San Diego Chargers