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RB Jamaal Charles - Kansas City Chiefs

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

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2016 Week 7 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jamaal Charles' road back to the Chiefs' starting lineup hit a bump this week. The multi-talented back only touched the ball once, and was quickly snuffed out as he tried to bounce it outside. The game script meant there was no urgent need to insert Charles into the lineup, as Spencer Ware continues to run the ball efficiently.

2016 Week 6 vs OAK (9 / 33 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

In his second game back from an ACL injury that occurred during the 2015 season, Charles looked very much like his old self. He ran the ball nine times for 33 yards and a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 14 yards. Charles had several nice rushes, including an off-tackle run to the right side where Charles patiently allowed his blockers to create a hole for him to bust through. He showcased his trademark burst, and was able to break the run for a 17 yard gain. What really convinced me that Charles was close to full health, was a red zone run that came on a first and four from the Oakland four yard line. Setting himself up on the ten yard line, the Chiefs ran motion in the backfield from the left to the right side forcing the Oakland defense off-balance for a split second. Alex Smith timed the snap perfectly, and handed off to Charles who by now had a full head of steam moving towards the left sideline. It was vintage Charles from there, as he put his left foot in the ground and cut hard inside where he powered through the Oakland defense for a touchdown. With Spencer Ware playing so well, Charles has been allowed the luxury of working his way back into game shape, and it appears that he is very close to being completely healthy and in top football shape. It will be very interesting to see how the Chiefs divide snaps between Ware and Charles moving forward, but it appears that both are viable fantasy options on a team that would like to run the ball 30+ times each week.

2016 Week 4 vs PIT (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Charles made his 2016 debut on Sunday night, but was brought along very slowly in a game that got out of head very quickly. Charles rushed the ball two times for seven yards, and although it was a limited sample size, he did not look hobbled and popped right back up after taking a solid hit on his second rush. We will have to wait for next week to see just how Charles responds to extended carries, and to what extent those carries will be divided between he and Spencer Ware.


Latest News

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles expected to be released (Sun Feb 12, 05:55 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is expected to be released this offseason in order for the team to create salary cap space.

Our View: Charles has a $6.1 million cap number in 2017, and there's no dead money remaining on his contract. The Chiefs have only $4 million in cap space, and they want to sign both DT Dontari Poe and S Eric Berry to long-term deals. Releasing Charles is a virtual lock.
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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles hopes to be ready for 2017 (Thu Feb 9, 01:57 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is working hard in order to be ready for the 2017 season, according to general manager John Dorsey. Dorsey said he does not know what will happen in March but sees Charles as a member of the team at this point.

Our View: The backfield didn't perform quite as well as we expected, so Charles might actually have a place when he returns. We see the backfield as a bit of a mess in that case, though Spencer Ware has the highest upside of the group.
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