RB Jamaal Charles - Free Agent
|5-11, 200||Born: 12-27-1986||College: Texas||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2008|
2018 Week 6 vs DAL (5 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The Jaguars finally converted a first down near the end of the first quarter when Charles entered the game. They gave him two straight touches - an inside zone shotgun run stuffed at the line of scrimmage, and a short pass checkdown after a play action fake for 5 yards that Sean Lee sniffed out easily. He got a sporadic dose of touches and predictably did little with them.
2017 Week 1 vs LAC (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Broncos used Charles as the only change of pace to lead back CJ Anderson, with Anderson garnering twice the carries(20 to 10). Charles did post a nearly identical YPC. J.C. had a couple of impressive carries midway through the 3rd quarter, and a goal line carry(his only of the night)that was blown up by an unblocked defender. Charles could not secure his only pass target of the night. He looked good as a receiver in preseason and should contribute more in the passing game in the future.
2017 Week 2 vs DAL (9 / 46 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Charles provided occasional rest for CJ Anderson, who stole the show on offense in week 2. Charles caught a quick flare route out of the backfield for a short gain of 6 in the 2nd quarter, and immediately followed it up with his best run of the day, a 14 yard gain off right tackle. He had a nifty 10 yard run up the middle in the 3rd quarter where he showed some serious wiggle in between the tackles. J.C. finished the day with an impressive 5.1 ypc on his 9 carries, along with the one target and reception.
2017 Week 3 vs BUF (9 / 56 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Charles claimed a bigger share of the Broncos backfield split in week 3. He entered the game as the feature back on Denver's 2nd offensive drive of the game, taking a toss around the right side for a 1st down on 3rd and 1. He scored a 12 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter, taking a handoff straight up the middle and following some great blocking into the end zone. Charles' longest run of the day was a 19 yard carry straight up the middle in the 3rd quarter. Charles may have a reputation as a speed back, but he has some serious shake when running in between the tackles as well. Charles' only target in the passing game was a halfback screen that was blown up in the backfield. Charles led the team in carries(9) and yards(56).
2017 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 33 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game in the 1st quarter after Anderson and Booker. He ripped a nice run up the middle on his first carry. Charles was featured in the two minute offense at the end of the 1st half, logging a few carries and catching a swing pass for a gain of 14. The Broncos didn't call Charles' number much in the 2nd half, as CJ Anderson took over in the run game. Charles finished the day with 5 carries for 33 yards and 14 yards on his lone target.
2017 Week 6 vs NYG (5 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Charles was the second back in the game after Anderson took all the snaps on the first 2 drives, but he was just as much of a non-factor as Anderson. Charles saw around 20 snaps, logging just 5 carries. Siemian short-hopped his first attempt to toss the ball to Charles. Charles gathered his second target for a minimal gain. Charles' third target was a short dumpoff out of the backfield that was swatted away by a linebacker.
2017 Week 7 vs LAC (4 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game on the 2nd offensive drive, after Anderson. He caught a short checkdown pass out of the backfield early in the 1st quarter, and a swing pass for a minimal gain on the next drive. He hauled in another short stick route in the 2nd quarter for 9 yards, his longest of the day. Charles carried the ball just a few times in the 1st half, and finished the day having played only 15 snaps total.
2017 Week 8 vs KC (8 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Anderson joined the offense for the first series of the game, but Charles took the field for the second drive, ripping off a nice 18 yard run on his first carry against his former team. Charles was fighting for extra yards two plays later when he was stood up by several defenders and stripped of the ball by Marcus Peters. Peters recovered the fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Charles was visibly upset after the play, but it really was just a fantastic effort by several Kansas City defenders to stand him straight up and expose him for the strip fumble. Charles continued mixed in the rotation throughout the contest. He picked up 10 yards on a 3rd and 5 draw play late in the 4th. Charles caught a crossing route for a short gain late in the 4th, his only target of the day.
2017 Week 9 vs PHI (4 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 23 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game late in the 1st quarter, carrying once for a loss and catching a checkdown pass for a short gain on 3rd and long. Charles secured another checkdown pass early in the 4th quarter, setting Denver up in the Eagles' red zone. Osweiler checked it down to him again two plays later for a gain of 8, then handed the ball to Charles from the Eagles' 10 for no gain. Charles got one more carry from the Eagles' 2, but was stuffed for no gain.
2017 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game late in the 1st quarter near the Patriots red zone. He was targeted on an out route from the backfield on 3rd and long, but couldn't haul in a difficult over-the-shoulder pass from Osweiler against tight coverage. Charles broke an 11 yard run up the middle in the 3rd quarter, his longest of the contest. Charles carried the ball down to the Patriots 7 yard line on a dive right up the middle later in the 3rd, setting up a Demaryius Thomas touchdown catch on the next play.
2017 Week 11 vs CIN (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles didn't see much action, featuring briefly on a 3rd quarter drive and converting 3rd and 1 on a toss/misdirection play. He carried the ball three times total on the series and then did not see the field again. Charles was not targeted in the passing game and appears to be the odd-man out of the Broncos' backfield rotation.
2017 Week 12 vs OAK (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game in relief of Anderson early in the 1st quarter. He continued to enter the game in occasional relief of Booker as the Broncos fell behind and Booker supplanted Anderson as the primary back. Charles carried the ball just once for a short gain. Lynch threw a screen pass to Charles in the 1st quarter with a linebacker draped over Charles' back. He managed to secure the catch but lost 4 yards. Charles reeled in another catch from Siemian late in the 4th to convert 3rd and 10 as the Broncos attempted to mount a comeback.
2017 Week 13 vs MIA (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game in a two-back split formation with Booker late in the first, catching a swing route out for a short gain. Charles caught a RB screen at the end of the 1st half, picking up 20 yards against soft prevent coverage in the 2-minute drill. Charles racked up a few garbage time touches as the featured back on Denver's last couple of drives of the game, down 35-9 at this point. He carried the ball a few times and caught a swing route for a gain of 10, then a halfback screen for a gain of 20 later in the drive.
2017 Week 14 vs NYJ (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)
Week 14 was the first game all season that Charles did not record a carry, though he was involved in the passing game. Charles saw his first action early in the 1st quarter, catching a swing pass out of the backfield for a short gain on the Broncos' first offensive drive. He lined up with Booker in the backfield on the next play, then motioned out wide left for another short catch and run. Charles lined up in the slot and ran a nice slant route for a short gain at the end of the 2nd quarter, then disappeared after halftime.
2017 Week 15 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game with Brock Osweiler at the beginning of the 2nd quarter, running a couple of routes and pass blocking for a brief three-and-out. He was not seen again afterwards as Anderson dominated the backfield touches with Booker relieving him.
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.
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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs HOU (16 / 57 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 46 / 1 rec)
Jamaal Charles spent most of the preseason out of harms way in anticipation of the regular season, but showed little in the way of rust in Week 1. He was his usual explosive, dual threat self in rushing 16 times for 57 yards and tacking on 5 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. His touchdown came in the second quarter and showed his trademark elusiveness. A short pass from Smith led to Charles dodging a tackle and diving into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown. That score put the Chiefs up 27-6 and the offense was relatively quiet for the remainder of the day as the game was essentially over at the half. Charles looked solid as ever and still possesses outstanding quickness and burst, he will benefit from what looks to be a much-improved Chiefs offense.
2015 Week 2 vs DEN (21 / 125 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 2 / 0 rec)
While Charles had a solid day in the stat department, he struggled with ball security and gave up two costly fumbles. The Chiefs 74ñyard opening drive stalled inside the red zone when Charles fumbled a screen pass from Alex Smith at the 5-yard line. Charles redeemed himself for the moment in the second quarter with an electric 34-yard touchdown run. The line created great space for Charles, who was able to break into the secondary and show off his trademark elusiveness by avoiding defenders and taking it the rest of the way to the end zone. The run would turn out to be his longest of the day en route to 127 combined yards. His second fumble came in the final minute with the game tied. The Broncos recovered and scored a touchdown on the play, going on to win 31-24. Fumbles aside, Charles had a decent day in the world of fantasy considering the Chiefs struggled on offense throughout the game.
2015 Week 3 vs GB (11 / 49 / 3 rush, 7 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Charles found the end zone on three occasions Monday Night, but overall the Chiefs offense had a rough evening against the Packers. The defense was able to make life miserable for quarterback Alex Smith which affected the whole flow of the offense. Charles was not able to break any substantial runs while carrying the ball 11 times for 49 yards and hauling in five catches for 33 yards. The defensive pressure simply did not allow for much room for him to operate. On the positive news front, all three of his touchdown runs were for short yardage in the red zone, reinforcing the notion that Charles remains the preferred option for red zone opportunities.
2015 Week 4 vs CIN (11 / 75 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)
Charles continues to find ways to accumulate yardage, but pressure on the offensive line is limiting the space he has to create. The Chiefs are trying to work around it somewhat with short, quick passes as evidenced on the team's first scoring drive. Charles was able to extend a short right pass from Alex Smith for 25 yards, his longest receiving play on the day. The second quarter would see his longest run of the day, a 24-yard run off the left tackle from the 50-yard line. For the day, Charles would have 11 carries and catch all six of his targets but those two plays alone would account for 33% of his production. Charles will continue to be highly-utilized in the Chiefs offense and can explode for multiple-touchdowns in any game as evidenced by last week's three touchdown effort against the Packers.
2015 Week 5 vs CHI (12 / 58 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Charles was off to his usual yard producing ways in the first half. On the team's fourth drive, Charles took a short pass over the middle from Alex Smith for 26 yards to the Chicago 43-yard line. That turned out to be the highlight of the drive which stalled at the 40-yard line, resulting in a punt on 4th and 7. Charles carried the ball 12 times for 58 yards, the longest of which was a 15-yard run off of the right end in the third quarter. That drive would ultimately end in a blocked field goal attempt. Disaster struck in the third quarter as Charles suffered a non-contact injury while attempting to make a cut on a first-and-goal play from the nine-yard line. The injury is feared to be a season-ending torn ACL in his right knee. Charles suffered a torn ACL in the 2011 season as well, thankfully in the other knee.
2014 Week 1 vs TEN (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 15 / 0 rec)
Charles had 3 touches on the team's first drive and only 8 more over the next 56 minutes. The Titans were clearly keying on Charles early in the game and Andy Reid may have outsmarted himself by trying to use Charles as a decoy. He admitted that Charles' 7 carries were a mistake on his part. The offensive line didn't help Charles at all but he still looked good when he got even a little bit of space. It was rare for the first man to take him down, but due to inefficiencies in the blocking he often saw 2-3 defenders before he had a chance to get to the second level.
2014 Week 2 vs DEN (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Charles left the game at the 9:29 mark with a high ankle sprain. His leg bent under him and he hobbled off on his own power. No timetable has been given for his return.
2014 Week 4 vs NE (18 / 92 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 16 / 2 rec)
Charles was outstanding in limited work despite a slow start and missing a drive because of dehydration. He showed no effects of his ankle sprain and looked as shifty and powerful as ever. His first touchdown illustrated that power. After a well-timed cutback he powered through 2 tacklers for the last half yard of his two yard touchdown. Charles next touchdown came on his next touch, but this time he lined up as a wide receiver. The Chiefs set up a screen to Charles and he dove through a wall of blockers for a five yard touchdown. Charles showed his confidence in his ankle on an 8 yard zone run on his next carry. The Chiefs ran the ball with Charles three straight times to start the second half, and he picked up 14 yards behind outstanding blocking. After a Patriots turnover gave the Chiefs a short field, Charles capitalized with a third touchdown. He badly beat Mayo out of the backfield, and had an easy catch and run into the end zone. Charles yardage totals were hampered by the near 50/50 split with Knile Davis, but his usage in the red zone more than made up for that.
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.
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.
2014 Week 9 vs NYJ (20 / 78 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Charles had a solid opening two drives but was largely bottled up after that. He picked up 9 yards off right tackle on his first carry with a beautiful hesitation move behind his lineman. Two plays later he made 2 men miss in the backfield to pick up 3 yards on 3rd and 1. After being stuffed at the goal line on his first attempt Charles finished that drive with a leaping one yard touchdown run. On the second drive, Charles showed more patience with an 11 yard run around the left end then broke 2 arm tackles on a 10 yard run on 3rd and 1 in the red zone. In the next three plus quarters Charles only had 38 yards on 11 carries. Charles did break 3 tackles on a 3rd and 11 catch that picked up 12 yards and a key first down on the Chiefs final scoring drive.
2014 Week 10 vs BUF (15 / 98 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)
Half way through the first quarter Charles had 3 carries for -9 yards as the Bills were bringing the house to stop him in the running game. He suffered a shoulder injury early in the second quarter trying to pass protect and didn't reach positive yardage for the game until late in the second quarter. That came on a 17 yard run up the middle, through a gaping hole provided by his offensive line. Charles also picked up 12 yards before the end of the half on a couple of runs deep in his own territory with less than 2 minutes to go in the half. Charles made a good move out of the backfield on a swing pass to pick up 12 yards early in the second half but still had very pedestrian numbers through three quarters. On 4th and 1 the Chiefs chose to go for it and fooled the Bills badly with a toss left to Charles. He easily got the edge and then cut back across the middle and outran the entire Bills defense to the end zone for a 39 yard score. Charles set up the final touchdown with an 18 yard run up the middle that included him running through an arm tackle at the second level. The Bills did an excellent job controlling Charles for most of the day, but a couple of big plays were the difference.
2014 Week 11 vs SEA (20 / 159 / 2 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Charles had the benefit of running behind an offensive line that played their best game of the year and that's not to take anything away from the spectacular job he did. On the first drive alone he had 55 total yards and a touchdown, which isn't generally a bad day against this defense. He broke several tackles on the drive and continued to show brilliant vision to get to the second level. His touchdown was his easiest run of the drive. The Chiefs ran an old school option from the one yard line and Alex Smith pitched to Charles at the perfect time. Charles sprinted into the end zone untouched. Charles picked up where he left off on the second drive, picking up 28 yards through a huge hole in the middle. Two plays later he followed great blocking around the left edge then burst through a couple of jersey grabs for a 16 yard touchdown. The Seahawks slowed Charles down a little in the 3rd quarter, and he killed the team's second drive with a costly fumble in the backfield. On the third play of the fourth quarter Charles had his best run of the day and set the team up for the go ahead score. On 2nd and 1 Charles made three tacklers miss in the open field and picked up good blocking down field for a 47 yard gain. The Seahawks focused heavily on the run with the clock winding down, and Charles was unable to convert three late carries into a first down that would have all but clinched the victory. Charles performance, combined with his offensive line, was one of the more impressive ground attacks we've seen considering the opponent.
2014 Week 12 vs OAK (19 / 80 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 42 / 1 rec)
Charles got off to a slow start, but picked things up late in the first quarter. His first big play was an 11 yard run up the middle on an inside handoff out of the shotgun. Charles started the next drive with a 20 yard gain on a screen play that was extremely well-blocked. One of the most impressive things about Charles' night was that even on a wet field, he was shifty as ever. He showed that shiftiness on his 30 yard touchdown. He dodged two tacklers, followed good blocking downfield and then ran through an arm tackle for the score. Because of the game script Charles had only 1 carry in the fourth quarter.
2014 Week 13 vs DEN (10 / 35 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 24 / 1 rec)
Charles only had 3 carries for 4 yards in the 1st quarter and had his usage limited by the game script. He got things going in the 2nd quarter, breaking 2 tackles in the backfield before scampering around the left edge for a 7 yard gain. Three plays later he broke a 4th and 1 run for 11 yards, breaking 2 more tackles at the second level. Charles scored his touchdown early in the 4th quarter on a deep out. He lined up in the slot, beat his man on the route, then spun out of a tackle and dove into the end zone. Charles' only other touch in the 4th quarter came on a dump off on 2nd and 15. Charles broke a tackle and burst up the field for an 11 yard gain.
2014 Week 14 vs ARI (10 / 91 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)
Despite an injury scare Charles had another impressive outing. His 63 yard touchdown run in the first quarter was a thing of beauty. He took a toss off right tackle, cut back at just the right time, bounced off a linebacker, ran through an arm tackle and outran the defense to the house. Later in the quarter he had a major scare. He ran into the pile and was bent back over his own legs, losing the ball. The fumble call was reversed and Charles was able to return to the game in the second quarter. His next touch came on a swing pass that was just off the mark. Charles showed great hands to make the catch and even better vision to follow his blocking into the end zone for an 18 yard touchdown. Charles saw limited action after halftime. His only play of consequence in the second half was a dash around the edge on 3rd and 3. He timed his cutback perfectly and picked up 7 yards and a first down.
2014 Week 15 vs OAK (12 / 52 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Charles was clearly not 100% and saw his ankle and knee issues resurface. He also took a big hit in the 3rd quarter that scared his coaching staff enough to pull him off the field to test for a concussion. Charles lost a touchdown opportunity because of that. He returned for just one more touch before Andy Reid pulled him because the game was out of reach. Charles first five carries went for a meager ten yards as he really struggled to get going. He finally got loose halfway through the second quarter for a 15 yard run around the left edge, spurred by a great hesitation move in the backfield. On the next play he made two well-timed cut to pick up nine yards up the middle. That was largely the extent of Charles' success on the ground and he had even more trouble in the passing game including a bad drop with no defender around him.
2014 Week 16 vs PIT (9 / 29 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Charles picked up 16 yards on his first two touches but was largely shut down by the Steelers front seven and the game script. His 10 yard run off right tackle to start the game was vintage Charles with good vision and patience leading to a big gain. Charles was bottled up and banged up for much of the remainder of the first half. To add insult to injury he was stuffed on 4th and 1 in the red zone on the last offensive play of the half. The third quarter was uneventful for Charles outside of a costly fumble in Pittsburgh territory. He picked up 16 yards on a similar play early in the 4th quarter, stepping out of an ankle tackle and sprinting up the field. On the final drive Charles had two catches underneath for 23 yards that the Steelers were happy to allow as it kept the clock running. He also had a bad drop on a circle route.
2014 Week 17 vs SD (13 / 54 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Charles put in a great effort but was still hampered by an ankle injury that's plagued him for the last month. On the first drive a good second effort picked up five yards on a run around left edge. Later in the first quarter he showcased his power by laying the boom on a safety at the end of a nine yard pick up. In the second quarter, Charles received one carry on the Chiefs red zone visit and pushed the pile for a gain of four yards. The Chiefs tried to get Charles more involved in the third quarter and he responded with 27 yards on his first 4 carries. He showed good burst on his first carry after halftime, a 12 yard run straight up the middle. Charles only had 1 carry in the 4th quarter as his ankle flared up again and the Chiefs used Knile Davis to preserve the lead.
2013 Week 1 vs JAX (16 / 77 / 1 rush, 6 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Charles' 100 total yards were but a fraction of what he could have racked up if not for a couple of unfortunate happenings. The first was completely under his control as he dropped three swing passes in the first half alone, really limiting his receiving yardage. Then he left the game in the third quarter with what was later described as a quad injury. He was checked for a concussion because he landed on his head on the play, but the damage was apparently incurred on his quad. For the first two and half quarters, Charles looked like his old self. Charles had four runs of seven yard or more in the first half and showed great burst and quick decisive cuts. He could have walked into the end zone on his two yard touchdown as the line blew open a huge hole. He started the second half with two runs for 21 yards, exhibiting great vision and following excellent blocking. Charles injury was not thought to be serious as of Sunday evening.
2013 Week 2 vs DAL (16 / 55 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 48 / 1 rec)
After a week one when he struggled catching the ball, Charles saw virtually all of his success through the air. Charles was severely limited over the first 3 ½ quarters as he was given very little room to run by the defense and very few opportunities to run by his coach. To make up for that he caught everything thrown his way. His touchdown catch was a great design, and he made a nice grab in traffic and bounced off a tackler to get in from two yards out. On the Chiefs second touchdown drive, Charles caught a pass in the flat and absolutely trucked Morris Claiborne on his way to an 11 yard gain. While Charles was completely bottled up in the run game for the first 56 minutes, he left his mark in the last four minutes. Charles' last 8 carries went for 47 yards as he ground out the clock. He showed beautiful vision and decisive cuts as his line finally began to give him a little bit of room. He looked way too fresh for the worn down Cowboys' defenders. The only area that Charles really struggled in was pass protection, where he was not good at all.
2013 Week 3 vs PHI (20 / 92 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec)
Charles was very involved in the passing game but once again saw his carries limited until the fourth quarter. Charles showed good patience on his first carry, following his blockers for a ten yard gain, and then great burst on a 2nd and 3 to pick up a first down. He was stuffed on a third and one early in the game and Andy Reid was not happy with his star running back. From that point until the 4th quarter, Charles was essentially a receiver lining up in the backfield. He eluded three tacklers on a 13 yard reception in the flats and turned a 7 yard pass into a 21 yard gain with a shifty run after the catch. Charles had just nine carries for 21 yards entering the 4th quarter and then he went to work. Charles picked up 7 yards on a stretch right, on his first carry of the 4th quarter then the Chiefs went off tackle left and Charles takes it all the way to the 3 for an 18 yard gain. On the very next play they went back to the stretch right and Charles took it in for the score on a very well blocked play. Charles was very difficult to bring down in the 4th quarter, until he got to the 1 yard line where he was stuffed with just under 3 minutes to go in the game.
2013 Week 4 vs NYG (18 / 65 / 0 rush, 11 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
Charles was once again severely limited on the ground for the first three quarters as he totaled just 23 rushing yards on 10 attempts before the fourth. While he made up for that through the air, he also cost his team by dropping three passes in the passing game. When Charles did catch the ball, he was electric. His 31 yard gain in the second quarter was a thing of beauty, especially the broken tackle and scamper that came after. In the third quarter he made two defenders miss on a swing pass and picked up 15 yards. Finally, as he has all year, Charles broke a big run in the 4th quarter. After great blocking at the line, Charles made two defenders miss at the second level to pick up more than 1/3 of his rushing production on one play. His reception in the end zone was very similar to the touchdown he scored against Dallas. It was a simple play action reverse to McCluster with Charles sneaking out of the backfield for the 2 yard catch.
2013 Week 5 vs TEN (22 / 108 / 1 rush, 9 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Charles saw a lot more work in the running game early than he had recently and had limited success, mostly when he ran around the left end. His first two carries around the left edge went for a combined 26 yards. Charles showed great acceleration as his offensive line set the edge. Any time Charles was given even a chance he gained positive yardage including an eight yard gain that ended with a fumble. On the play Charles was bent back over his knee and seemed to give the ball up because of concern for his knee, but he was up immediately and seemed fine. Charles again had great life in his legs and picked up 50 total yards and his only score in the fourth quarter. His touchdown was a one yard run, again to the left side, where he just followed good push into the end zone. Charles wasn't as involved in the passing game as he had been in past games, but he also avoided the bad drops we've seen earlier this year. He saw one red zone target but the ball was deflected at the line.
2013 Week 6 vs OAK (22 / 78 / 2 rush, 9 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Charles ground out another impressive performance against a defense that was crowding the box all day. After getting stuffed on the first two drives, Charles found room on the third drive and took advantage. He had two catches in the left flats and picked up 34 yards on the two without any protest from the Raiders defense. Both catches came wide open with blockers in front of him. Charles also picks up 9 yards on a toss right that was well blocked but required patience, with Charles staying behind his blockers to make the play work. Charles showed brilliant work on a screen pass of manipulating his blockers for a 14 yard gain on a screen pass just before the two minute warning. That sparked the Chiefs first touchdown drive that ended with a seven yard Charles touchdown run. The touchdown came on an inside draw and Charles broke three arm tackles on his way to the end zone. Charles' second touchdown came on a dive right from the two yard line. He was initially stuffed at the one, but a second effort got him in for the score. Unlike past weeks, Charles fourth quarter was pretty uneventful with the line unable to ever fully gain the advantage. He did have an 11 yard sweep that was well blocked, but it was one of the few times the line was able to set the edge.
2013 Week 7 vs HOU (21 / 86 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
The Chiefs continued to feed Jamaal Charles, and he continued to make them look smart for doing so. After being stuffed on his first two carries, Charles had a magical run on the Chiefs second drive. He spun off a tackle in the backfield, juked a defender at the edge and outran a linebacker for a 14 yard gain. Three minutes later he took a handoff off left tackle for an easy (and well blocked) one yard touchdown run. Charles' first carry of the second quarter was an 11 yard burst up the middle. The play was well-blocked at the point of attack but it was Charles breaking the tackle of a Texans' linebacker that made it a big gain. Charles caught two screen passes for a total of 16 yards on the Chiefs' second touchdown drive. The first was completely blown up and saw Charles reverse field to pick up nine yards and a first down. The second saw Charles in a one-on-one situation with Ed Reed and Charles blazing speed got him to the edge, and the first down marker. Charles had a rough start to the third quarter. His first four carries of the quarter went for seven yards and he lost a fumble. He did catch a 21 yard pass on a wide open crossing pattern. Charles finished the quarter with two carries for 24 yards on the back of great blocking from his offensive line. Charles was stuffed at the goal line later in the drive with three Texans in the backfield when he received the handoff. The fourth quarter was not as kind to Charles against the Texans determined defense but it was still another stellar outing.
2013 Week 8 vs CLE (18 / 74 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Though Charles still saw 23 touches, his snaps were down partially because of the Chiefs game plan and partially because of a minor knee injury he sustained in the second quarter. His only real success on the first drive came on a perfectly timed screen pass on 3rd and 9. Charles caught the ball with nothing but blockers in his path and raced 24 yards into Browns territory. Charles had a seven yard carry on third and three later in the quarter that was a product of great patience and good blocking. He also picked up 7 to end the first quarter on a play that looked like it should be stopped for a loss, but he darted through a hole that opened just briefly. On the final drive of the half Charles had carries of 14 and 17 yards to put the Chiefs in position for their second touchdown. On one of those shifty runs he hurt his knee, and was on the bike to start the second half. Charles saw only one carry in the third quarter, but he returned in the 4th and looked healthy. He picked up 31 total yards in the final quarter. If anything was missing it was explosiveness, but there was no noticeable limp. His best play came on a 3rd and 9 with 5:48 remaining. Charles caught a screen and made two defenders miss, picking up 11 yards and a huge first down.
2013 Week 9 vs BUF (17 / 90 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 6 / 0 rec)
For most of the first half Charles was completely bottled up and underused. His best run of the half came on a toss right where he showed outstanding patience to let the blocking develop and then scampered forward for a ten yard gain. His only real success in the passing game came on a swing pass in the right flat that required great footwork to stay in bounds and pick up six yards and the first down. Charles started to get going in the third quarter with a 12 yard run straight up the middle. He snuck through a sliver of a hole and then destroyed a safety at the second level. On the very next play he picked up five, but was tripped up by the ankle or he could have had a huge gain. Due to the Chiefs defense scoring two touchdowns, Charles didn't see much action until the fourth quarter. In the final 10:23 of game action Charles had 9 carries for 52 yards. He had all kinds of room, especially on the left side of the line and twice went untouched for ten yards. The Chiefs reliance on the pass in the first half and their defensive dominance in the second resulted in a weird game script that saw Charles largely uninvolved for the first three quarters, but he was once again the focal point of the offense in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 11 vs DEN (16 / 78 / 0 rush, 8 / 2 / -6 / 0 rec)
The Broncos did an outstanding job of bottling Charles up for most of the game. He had very little room to run early in the game, and when he did find a sliver the team made good tackles at the second level. Charles ran hard and showcased his elite vision to pick up three several times when a lesser back would have had zero. His first real positive gain came on a very shifty nine yard run up the middle towards the end of the first quarter. Charles dropped two would be touchdowns in the second quarter, one in the end zone and another on a screen at the five. He bounced back on the next drive with a 35 yard run on a counter that again showcased his vision and his speed. Had he not lost his balance on the sideline he may have had a chance to take it to the house. That drive ended with Charles getting stuffed twice inside the two. Charles had just 5 carries for 16 yards the rest of the way as the Chiefs spent much of the second half playing catch up. His only two catches came on the final drive with less than a minute left and both went for a loss.
2013 Week 12 vs SD (14 / 115 / 2 rush, 6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Unlike past games a large portion of Charles success came running up the middle. Early in the game, his only success came in the passing game, as he caught two passes in a row lined up wide as a receiver. Charles got going on the ground in the second quarter, starting with a zone read that was well blocked and Charles beat the only man that had a chance to tackle him to the sideline for a 12 yard gain. Charles first touchdown came at the end of the second quarter from the seven yard line. The play was very well blocked and Charles ran through an Eric Weddle arm tackle at the one yard line for the score. Charles dropped a sure touchdown in the third quarter, but ended up running it in from the one yard line two plays later. As has often been the case this year, Charles did some of his best work in the 4th quarter. On his 46 yard carry he made Manti Teo miss in the backfield then sprinted across the field, following his blockers all the way to the Chargers 8 yard line. He again came up big on the Chiefs final touchdown drive. He caught a screen pass wide open on second and ten and did a masterful job of manipulating his lone blocker for a 19 yard gain to move the Chiefs into the red zone. Charles made a day of slicing through paper-thin holes in the line and making one man miss at the second level. His carry total was down because of the game script, but he was active in both the ground and air attack.
2013 Week 13 vs DEN (19 / 93 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Charles had an outstanding day against a defense that was clearly keying on him. He did a great job getting skinny at the line and then sprinting up the field and looked as determined as he has all season. He had his longest catch and his longest run on back-to-back plays in the first quarter. The catch came with Charles lining up wide left and beating a corner on a quick slant. On the next play he took a toss left and looked like he was running out of bounds after 8 yards only to show great balance to stay in bounds and turn it into a 15 yard gain. Charles had another 15 yard run in the 4th quarter, breaking one tackle in the process. Charles' 11 yard reception later in the drive came on a screen pass where he broke three tackles and willed his way past the marker. He finished that drive off with a one yard touchdown run that involved him leaping over the pile from the three yard line. The Broncos had the run stuffed and he wouldn't have scored if he'd stayed on his feet.
2013 Week 14 vs WAS (19 / 151 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Charles looked outstanding and was only stopped by the snow early on. His first two carries went for 21 yards combined behind the left tackle and each was stopped only by the slippery surface. Even so, his footing seemed to be much better than that of the Redskins. Charles ended the second drive with a two yard touchdown on an inside draw, powering through a tackle at the goal line. Charles touched the ball on four straight plays to end the Chiefs third touchdown drive. The second touch was a toss right that was well blocked, and Charles made a linebacker miss at the second level to pick up 13. He finished that drive lining up wide right and catching a wide receiver screen. After catching the ball he only needed to follow excellent blocking 5 yards into the end zone. Charles was done scoring at that point, but some of his best runs were still to come. His 35 yard run in the middle of the 3rd quarter included three broken tackles. The play started on a toss right but was tackled 35 yards later on the left sideline. Charles never even reached top speed on the play because he was so busy negotiating downfield blocking and avoiding tacklers. His day ended a few minutes later with a 33 yard run, again off right tackle that included 4 more broken tackles. Charles took advantage of a very poor tackling team to rack up a huge day in only three quarters of work.
2013 Week 15 vs OAK (8 / 20 / 1 rush, 8 / 8 / 195 / 4 rec)
Jamaal Charles deserves all the accolades he received for his five touchdown day, but his offensive line should get a huge portion of the credit as well. His 49 yard touchdown reception to start the game required only that Charles hurdle one defender along the sideline before sprinting down the sideline into the end zone. His second touchdown was more impressive if only because of the one hand grab he made to bring the ball in. His 1 yard touchdown run off left tackle came immediately after he was tackled at the Ω yard line on a dig route, and he showed good elusiveness to miss the one defender that got into the backfield. After another touchdown on a screen where Charles danced artfully behind near perfect blocking the Chiefs decided to change it up. On 3rd and 1 from their own 29 the Chiefs sent Charles on a wheel route. He caught a perfectly placed ball down the right sideline, sidestepped the safety and once again had a clear path all the way to the end zone. Charles had only 8 carries in the game and only one of real substance. That shifty 8 yard gain in the first quarter, illustrated his vision as well as the three screens he scored on. Once again Charles put together a phenomenal performance in only 3 quarters of work.
2013 Week 16 vs IND (13 / 106 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
The game script really cut down on Charles carries, but he was outstanding on the carries he did get. It really seemed like early on he could get four yards whenever he wanted it, and he got much more on his second carry of the game. The run off right tackle was well blocked at the point of attack and Charles made one man miss at the second level. He then followed great downfield blocking 31 yards into the end zone. Charles wasn't exactly bottled up after that run, as he gained 29 yards on his next 7 carriesÖbut the Chiefs inability to convert a third down meant Charles couldn't stay on the field. The Chiefs only had the ball for 10 minutes in the second and third quarter combined. The team got back to the run in the 4th quarter, and Charles started the quarter with a shifty 13 yard run off right tackle. In the end, Charles had a really good day even with being stifled by the game script.
2013 Week 18 vs IND (3 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles left the game after three productive carries with a concussion.
2012 Week 1 vs ATL (16 / 87 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles is back, but he's not quite 100% back. He showed flashes with a 46 yard scamper up the right side in the second quarter. Only being tripped up by a corner prevented Charles from taking it to the house. Charles had a bounce in his step for the rest of the quarter and looked like his old self, bouncing runs outside at just the right time and cutting on a dime. Still, in the second half after a couple of big hits he became much less decisive and kept getting caught dancing behind the line. Part of that was the Falcons focus on stopping the run, but part of it was Charles getting back into mid season form after a missed year.
2012 Week 2 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Charles got the start against the Bills but found very little room to run and picked up just 3 yards on 6 carries. The Chiefs tried to get him out in space with the passing game, but the Bills were all over him there as well as he added just 19 yards on 3 catches. Charles seemed to lack his trademark burst and wound up leaving the game early after taking a hit on his reconstructed knee, but he was later seen on the sideline riding a bicycle and asking to come back in. With the game quickly turning into a blowout loss, the coaches decided to rest him and hopefully keep him available for next week.
2012 Week 3 vs NO (33 / 233 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles is back in a big way. Even though his performance came against the hapless Saints run defense, he exhibited the top end speed he'd yet to show since his ACL injury in 2011. Charles executed the cutback perfectly early in the game and showed good vision to hit the right hole at the right time. He was also active in the passing game early turning a screen pass into a 15 yard gain with great vision. When Charles really cut loose though, was the third quarter after Peyton Hillis left with an injury. With five minutes left in the third quarter Charles took a sweep left 91 yards to the house. The played was blocked extremely well, getting him to the second level but he outran the entire Saints defense to the end zone in an impressive display of burst and top end speed. Four minutes later Charles again broke through a huge hole on the right side but was clearly gassed 40 yards downfield when he tried to juke a safety he could have outrun with fresh legs. Early in the 4th quarter the Chiefs offensive line just dismantled the Saints front seven and Charles took advantage. He did run out of gas at the end of this game, but 39 touches for 288 total yards will do that to a back. He had just enough to left in overtime to hit the hole hard on 4th and one, but not much more.
2012 Week 4 vs SD (17 / 92 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
In the early going, Charles was as much to blame as anyone for Kansas City's woes, carelessly fumbling the ball away on two occasions. His very first touch of the game was coughed up in the backfield as defenders stripped it away. Soon after that, he ran off tackle and had the football punched out by a defender. Despite the two fumbles, the next rushing attempt by Kansas City did in fact go to Charles. And it's a good thing that they kept feeding him, because he eventually turned in one of the best touchdown runs so far in 2012. The Charger defense had him bottled up on the right side, so Charles changed directions entirely and went against the grain to take it back to the left side. He read his blocks perfectly and headed for the sideline. While Charles was close to stepping out of bounds near the goal line, he never actually did step out and he lunged at the end of the run to put the football just inside the pylon. In the second half, he again displayed incredible vision and burst in the open field. Charles always knows the angles and seems to recognize instantly just how much he can dart inside versus bursting to the outside in order to pick up maximum yardage. On a crossing route pattern, he snagged a Cassel pass over the middle and then did the rest himself, accelerating toward the sideline and diving into the end zone toward that front left pylon again. With Peyton Hillis out of action, Charles had another 20 total touches in this game and looked just as fresh on the 20th as he did on the first.
2012 Week 5 vs BAL (30 / 140 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
The first half was the Jamaal Charles show as he compiled a full day's worth of rushing statistics in just two quarters. The Chiefs offensive line had their way with the Ravens up front, and every that carried the ball had some success, but Charles' success was much greater. The downside, if there was one, was that Charles looked to be out of gas in the second half, and for good reason. Charles carried the ball on seven of the first eleven Chiefs' plays, finding five yards when there looked to be no hole and huge gains whenever the line did their job. His 25 yard carry in the first quarter was very well blocked at the line of scrimmage, and then Charles did the rest, juking a defensive back out of his shoes before finally being brought down. His Achilles heel reared its head with a first quarter fumble, but he was fortunate that the ball was kicked out of bounds and not recovered. Charles' final three carries of the quarter totaled 25 yards as he showcased great vision and an excellent ability to cutback at just the right time. Another three carries for 27 yards in the second quarter helped the Chiefs drive into the red zone, but back to back poor decisions from Charles resulted in big losses and the team had to settle for a field goal. Charles finished the half with 21 carries for 125 yards, but slowed greatly in the second half. The Ravens finally found a way to plug the holes and Charles looked noticeably tired. With no threat of a passing game he struggled to get anything positive going in the second half.
2012 Week 6 vs TB (12 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
On the very first play from scrimmage Charles caught a pass out of the backfield and was swarmed by three tacklers before having his helmet knocked off. This was absolutely a sign of things to come. Charles had a 22 yard run in the third quarter on which he showed great patience behind the line, a burst through the hole and strong cut at the second level. Other than that he had eleven carries for 18 yards. Charles spent too much of the game on the sideline recovering from the vicious hits the Buccaneers kept leveling on him.
2012 Week 8 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 6 / 0 rec)
The electric halfback, who leads the NFL in rushing yards per game, was shockingly absent from the field of play for no discernible reason at home against the division rival Raiders. In a game where the Chiefs were not down by double digits until midway through the third quarter, Charles carried five times for four yards and caught three passes for six yards. In his inexplicably limited action, Charles featured the same footwork and patience that makes him one of the league's most dominant playmakers, but he had difficulty finding the edge or any room to run between the tackles. The return of Peyton Hillis no doubt contributed to Charles' loss of touches, but in a game where the Chiefs were not being blown out, Charles' lack of involvement in the offense is bizarre, to say the least. While he is likely not a thirty-carry-a-game, three-down back, Charles remains a home run threat on any given carry. Why the Chiefs elected to keep off the field in a match against a division rival is something worth following in the days to come.
2012 Week 9 vs SD (12 / 39 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
One week after being criticized for underutilizing the explosive Charles in a close game, head coach Romeo Crennel appeared to underutilize the explosive Charles in a close game. Despite Kansas City keeping it close until the fourth quarter, Charles got just 15 total touches in the game. He had seven touches at halftime of a 10-3 game. Granted, he didn't do a great deal with the majority of those touches but he did appear to start getting into a rhythm in the latter stages of the game. He finally found some running room inside and then took a short pass up the left sideline like a bullet for 22 yards. Unfortunately for Charles, shortly after that he took a short pass over the middle and took a vicious hit from the defender. He was briefly stood up by one defender but managed to keep his balance. But just as he regrouped to turn upfield, he was leveled by another defender and appeared to suffer a head and/or neck injury. Charles ran off the field under his own power, but did not return. The long layoff before their next game should help.
2012 Week 10 vs PIT (23 / 100 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
If you put Ziggy Hood, LaMarr Woodley and Jamaal Charles on a football field, with the two Steelers between Charles and Woodley and Hood's pay checks for the game, Charles would have been murdered before he could take one step forward. Unfortunately for the Steelers, that wasn't the case as Charles repeatedly ran through the left side of the home-side's defense. His first carry went for nine yards, before his third went for a touchdown. In the redzone, Charles ran through a big hole in the defensive front before breaking two tackle attempts and diving into the endzone. The Steelers did stiffen as the game went on, but Charles had a relatively easy road to his production. Generally, backs who have success against the Steelers must work very hard to do so and are punished a lot physically. That wasn't the case with Charles. Charles' biggest difficulty was once again his team's lack of willingness to run him until the tires were worn out.
2012 Week 11 vs CIN (17 / 87 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Charles was once again the bright spot in a terrible offensive performance from the Chiefs. Charles was effective in the first quarter bouncing off the left side and got really solid blocking from that side of the line. Once he'd established the outside he started cutting back and gashed the Bengals for 41 yards on his first six carries. The Bengals sold out against the run in the second quarter and Charles found virtually no room at all. Charles did have a nice run after catch on a 16 yard reception late in the quarter that featured one broken tackle. Charles was bottled up for a majority of the second half other than a 17 yard run on a draw play that caught the Bengals off guard. Charles played sparingly late with the game already decided.
2012 Week 12 vs DEN (23 / 107 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles day could be described really simply by saying he was outstanding outside the tackles and not very good between them. He showed great patience around the edge and perfect timing knowing when to hit the hole. His vision on his cutback runs was outstanding, and for the most part his blocking on the outside was really good. Between the tackles he showed no ability to push the pile or even squeeze through a crease. He pretty much ran into his lineman's back every time he tried to go up the middle. Charles continued a disturbing trend of not being able to have success on more than two or three consecutive plays and still took a lot of breaks, but he was strong in the 4th quarter with several runs of 8+ yards around the edge. Charles did leave the field early in the game after having the air knocked out of him and also fumbled once but the Chiefs recovered.
2012 Week 13 vs CAR (27 / 127 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 11 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles found a lot of success on the ground against a rather porous Panthers' run defense, who consistently failed to fit their gaps, allowing Charles to get to the second level. Charles was stuffed more often as the game wore on. He was able to weave past defenders quite often and looked as smooth and quick as ever with his cuts. He was also very competent in pass protection, stopping rushers in their tracks and sliding them away from Quinn.
2012 Week 14 vs CLE (18 / 165 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles started the game with an absolute bang. He took a run off right tackle 80 yards to the end zone on the game's opening play. The play was well blocked, but Charles squeezed through a small hole and then burst up field, he made a cutback at the second level that dropped a defensive back to his knees and then outran the Browns defense. Charles wasn't very active on the next drive, but continued to gash the Browns defense later in the quarter with shifty runs around the end. He showed great patience and continued to choose the right hole at the right time. It was on another of these runs, for 15 yards, that Charles suffered a rib injury early in the second quarter. He sat out for two series, but returned to post a gritty performance the rest of the way. Charles looked a little more tentative following the injury but the Chiefs continued to feed him the ball in the second and third quarters. The game script changed in the 4th quarter with the Chiefs down big, and a 13 yard run off left tackle was Charles' only carry of note.
2012 Week 15 vs OAK (9 / 10 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles was completely held in check by the Raiders to the tune of 10 total rushing yards on nine carries. Charles did break one run down the sideline for a 20+ yard gain at one time, but that was nullified by penalty. The Chiefs continued to lean on Charles even as the game got away from them; credit has to go to the Oakland front seven, who had good gap discipline and did not give Charles the cutback lane on stretch plays. Charles was the recipient of a few check down passes, but he was tackled more or less immediately.
2012 Week 16 vs IND (22 / 226 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Amazingly, Charles was almost completely bottled up in the first quarter. He couldn't break free from the Colts' front seven and when he did the play was negated by a penalty on his offensive line. Peyton Hillis had much more success than Charles early on. With his first carry in the second quarter, Charles finally broke free. As his offensive linemen were pushed into the backfield, Charles bounced to the edge and sprinted down the field for a 25 yard gain. Charles nearly fumbled with his next carry, as the ball came out just after he dived forward for the first down. Charles' difficult first half culminated in a poor fumble as he danced at the line of scrimmage in the Colts' redzone just before the end of the second quarter. After struggling in the first half, Charles opened the third quarter with a sprint outside that went 80+yards untouched. Good blocking gave him the edge, but Charles' acceleration and speed allowed him to get to the endzone. With his next carry, Charles cutback on a play designed to go the right before running down the left side of the field untouched for 40+ yards. With his tail up, Charles was then "stopped" on his next carry after seven yards. Charles was now getting much more freedom as he gained an easy five yards over left guard. Charles almost gained 40 yards on another run when he went free into the secondary over left guard before sprinting around a defender in space and running out of bounds.
2012 Week 17 vs DEN (14 / 53 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Coming off an incredible Week Sixteen performance against the Colts, Charles underwhelmed on the road against the Broncos. Charles totaled exactly half of the Chiefs' rushing attempts - fourteen - for fifty-three yards on the ground. He caught one swing pass for fourteen yards. When he found room to run, Charles exhibited his trademark acceleration and vision that has allowed him to rip off so many long runs over the past few years - when he found room to run, of course. The Denver defense routinely bottled Charles up behind, or right in front of, the line of scrimmage. Knowing Kansas City's plan to run the ball heavily, the Broncos routinely stacked the box in anticipation of the ground game, which did not bode well for Charles. He did not record a carry in the fourth quarter, with the game well out of hand for Kansas City, and did leave the field of play in the first quarter with an injury, though he did return. That Charles was able to total over fifteen hundred yards rushing on a two-win team that criminally mismanaged him - after coming off a season-ending injury in the second week of the 2011 season - is nothing short of miraculous, and would likely be a bigger story were 2012 not also beholden to the mythical comeback seasons of Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson.
2011 Week 1 vs BUF (10 / 56 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 9 / 1 rec)
Charles, like Cassel, never could get going. He lost a crucial fumble, that continued the landslide. Charles was on the field the majority of the game however, which could be seen as a very good thing for his owners. Thomas Jones, who stole so many of the carries a year ago, only received 2 carries in this one. Charles did score a TD on a short reception from Cassel, and looked very fast and agile, as he always does on the few opportunities he did have, averaging 5.6 ypc as always. If this is an off week, the "on-weeks" will be very lucrative for Charles owners.
2011 Week 2 vs DET (2 / 27 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
We'll get to the devastating knee injury suffered by Charles but we also want to show how the Chiefs intended to battle on Sunday. The 1st carry of the game went to McCluster, the next to Thomas Jones, then Charles came in and on the 1st 3 carries of the football game they had gained 56 yards on 3 carries by 3 different RBs. Even after Detroit scored on the opening drive of the game the Chiefs were still ready to attack and run the football to try and limit the Lions ability to be on the field. That was an excellent game plan but unfortunately Charles went down with what appears to be a possible season ending injury. ACL tear as what was reported by Adam Schefter usually have at least a 1 year recovery time although some players come back sooner. Footballguys certainly wishes Jamaal Charles a speedy recovery as he is one of the most electric players in the NFL. His loss is devastating to the Chiefs as well as FF owners across the globe.
2010 Week 1 vs SD (11 / 92 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Explosive & dynamic. Despite that Charles didn't touch the ball until late in the 1st but when he did he exploded for a signature long TD run, turning the SD safety inside out multiple times down the field. He made quick decisive moves and trusted his athleticism and vision from the get go. He's one of the most dangerous players in the game outside of Chris Johnson at this point and deserves to see more snaps moving forward. Look for him to touch the ball more than 12 times next week in Cleveland. KC fans will be begging Todd Haley for more.
2010 Week 2 vs CLE (11 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Charles was impressive with what he was given on just 11 carries and one target in the passing game. It was less of a testament to the Chiefs not believing in Charles that he didn't see much time than it was of Thomas Jones workhorse rushing performance. It appears the Chiefs will move forward with a two-back attack on offense, so game plan accordingly.
2010 Week 3 vs SF (12 / 97 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Charles gave way to starter Thomas Jones, but his first carry came in the second series, so he didn't have too long to wait to make an impact. And make an impact he did. Charles did well right off the bat, following his blockers to pick up the first down on an outside run. He ran through the line with lightning quickness, at one point converting a 3rd and 20 play on the ground. Several of his runs were of the long variety, even when it was obvious that the Chiefs would be calling a run play. Once in the open field, he is incredibly elusive. He got a red zone carry, from the 8 yard line, but that's as close as he got to a score, despite his dominating performance. He also had one more long run that was wiped out due to a penalty, which would have taken him over 100 yards rushing.
2010 Week 5 vs IND (16 / 87 / 0 rush, 6 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Charles seized control of the backfield in the first half and was very productive, but his second quarter fumble infuriated head coach Todd Haley, and Charles went back to a more even split for a bit in the second half. The third-year back was explosive on his runs, making sudden jumpcuts and bursts upfield, and he got outside with ease against the speedy Colts defense. Charles also fumbled (and recovered the ball) on a red zone carry that should have set up a first and goal at least, but instead it set up a failed fourth down pass. Charles clearly has the burst, vision, and speed to be as elite as he was in the second half of 2009, but until his ball security issues clear up, Haley will probably be unwilling to make him a true lead back.
2010 Week 6 vs HOU (16 / 93 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles, along with Thomas Jones, formed a formidable rushing attack against the Houston Texans on Sunday. Whereas Jones was able to deliver solid yardage between the tackles, Charles was able to create yardage in space on a number of draws, runs around the end, and pitches. The Chiefs also worked to get Charles the ball in the passing game but of his four screen pass receptions, he was only able to turn one in to a sizeable gain. The Texans' defense kept the safeties in the middle of the field so they could spy on the run game, thus leaving Dwayne Bowe single-covered much of the game. Otherwise, Charles might have broken a longer run or two during the contest. Regardless, he is running with a great deal of balance and he gets to top speed almost immediately after taking the handoff or catching the ball. Charles' best run came on a run in the second quarter wherein he took the ball off-guard, up the middle of the field for a 14 yard gain. On the play, Charles showed his normal burst but also ran with enough power to get through the Texans' defensive front before picking up big yardage.
2010 Week 7 vs JAX (15 / 71 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles continues to evolve as a runner in front of our eyes every week. Sunday was no exception, as Charles showed incredible patience and urgency on his carries. He wasn't able to break off any long runs, but he showed the potential to do so on many carries. Charles is disciplined and follows his blocks very well, hiding behind them to make defenders guess which direction he will head. Charles' best run was an 18 yarder in the fourth quarter as he danced around a couple of tacklers and shot up the field as if emerging from a cannon. Charles is a special talent who the Chiefs are using perfectly.
2010 Week 8 vs BUF (22 / 177 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Charles was incredible in this game, showcasing his game-breaking speed and elusiveness and keeping the Chiefs on the field. It's a shame for his owners that he didn't get a TD, as he had a long run that ended with him going down on the 1 yard line. It appears that his coach has been saving him up, which seems to be a smart move. As defenses are starting to wear out, Charles looks fresh and ready to go. Not only did he amass 177 yards on the ground, but he was also used heavily in the passing game as well, notching 61 yards. People around the league better watch out for the Chiefs. Right now, their running game and defense are really impressive, and their QB isn't making mistakes. Charles is the engine that makes this offense go and will continue to get more carries as the season progresses.
2010 Week 9 vs OAK (10 / 53 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Charles had a drop early and wasn't involved as much as Thomas Jones in the first half. He was still vastly superior to Jones, breaking tackles, easily summoning up the speed to get the corner, and otherwise giving the Raiders defense fits. He had a few red zone touches, but the goal to go carries went to Jones. There isn't much to add to another excellent performance by Charles, but yet another where he was underutilized. He is still an everyweek must-start because of his ability to take any touch to the house.
2010 Week 10 vs DEN (14 / 41 / 0 rush, 9 / 5 / 80 / 1 rec)
Charles was ineffective on the ground, as the Chiefs had to completely overhaul their game plan early in the game. He proved very dependable in the passing game however, and Cassel consistently relied heavily on Charles as a check down option. Denver was playing a safe game defensively at times, and Charles was allowed to exploit underneath routes for consistent gains through the air. The Denver defense did not play honest through much of this game, and Kansas City could not establish their run at all and quickly became one dimensional with the passing game. Charles did benefit and was heavily involved in the passing game, beating out Thomas Jones as the primary back.
2010 Week 11 vs ARI (12 / 88 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
The explosive and shifty Jamaal Charles continued to impress fans and teammates with another solid game. Charles is the engine of the offense. He had a great 39 yard run during which he got to the boundary thanks to some nice blocks and sprinted up the sideline. Charles' hands rarely let him down either, making him a formidable weapon for the Chiefs to have.
2010 Week 12 vs SEA (22 / 173 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles is turning into one of the premiere backs in the league. Every time he gets the ball, you move to the edge of your seat. He is an exciting, dynamic back with the traits to be a great running back in the history of the league. Charles presses the hole really well on stretch runs and on one run in particular, he used this to his advantage. He used the flow of the defense to cut it back all the way across the formation for a massive gain. Charles stiff armed a defensive lineman for a touchdown late in the game, his signature play of the game by far.
2010 Week 13 vs DEN (21 / 116 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Charles is very patient and explosive running with the football. This game allowed him to do just that and be very effective on the ground. Charles consistently picked up huge chunks of yards on the ground against a soft Denver front that didn't really seem that worried about the Chief's rushing attack. The front 7 of Denver did not penetrate into the backfield often and Charles was able to consistently gash the Broncos up the middle and make life very easy for the entire Chief offense. The Chief offensive line was amazing on getting a push and sealing the edge for Charles to outrun the defense and turn up field on the side line. Every time Charles touched the ball, he made the defense look out of position and he could not be slowed or tackled consistently as he was too quick to get a hand on and too fast to take down from behind. Charles was not given many goal line carries and he also had a touchdown run negated by a holding call, which somewhat hurt his otherwise great production.
2010 Week 14 vs SD (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Charles entered the game with one of the best yards per carry averages in NFL history, and with the way the Raiders tore up the San Diego run defense a week ago this looked to be a good matchup for Charles and company. That never really happened, as the Chargers allowed just 67 yards of total offense to the Chiefs in the game. Charles had two nice runs, one early on where he turned the corner and another towards the middle of the second quarter where he found a hole up the middle and burst through for a nice gain. But Kansas City didn't feature very many sustained drives, and Charles' opportunities for big plays were few and far between. It was clear from the outset that the Chargers weren't afraid of being beaten by QB Brodie Croyle, so they were able to sell out on stuffing the run. The fact that Charles even managed 40 rushing yards on ten carries is actually impressive considering how much the defense was keying on him.
2010 Week 15 vs STL (11 / 126 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Charles was quiet for most of this game. He had an easy short TD and starting getting better gains in the second half, but as the game reached the final minutes, he had barely touched the ball a dozen times. Charles then sprinted for an 80 yard gain to answer the Rams TD that had closed the Chiefs lead to seven. Charles was caught (probably because he was looking at the scoreboard to see the pursuit) and yet again, Thomas Jones vultured the TD. Charles is still a strong RB1 next week against Tennessee, but Todd Haley is back to keeping us guessing about how much he'll be used.
2010 Week 16 vs TEN (13 / 77 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 40 / 2 rec)
In a game featuring the two most explosive RBs in football, Charles averaged nearly 6 yards a carry, and had 2 touchdown passes, as he amassed over 100 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches. Charles has been incredible this year, and though his fantasy owners have cursed his coach every chance they can, keeping Charles fresh has paid off. Charles has a style very similar to Chris Johnson. Great speed, great agility, and better hands. I expect to see Charles get MUCH more work in the post-season, which is going to be bad news for whomever has to play the Chiefs.
2010 Week 17 vs OAK (14 / 87 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles broke off a 47 yard run after some great blocks on a sweep but failed to make much noise for the rest of the game. Charles ran in a touchdown near the goal line on a play that was also very well blocked. He got involved as a receiver too and made a nice play on a 3rd and 7 on a Texas route that he turned into first down yardage. Charles and the entire Chiefs offense's play left a lot to be desired.
2010 Week 18 vs BAL (9 / 82 / 1 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
On what started off as an exciting day for the Chiefs, nothing really went right. The team set an NFL record with its seventh consecutive playoff loss, and the inconsistency that plagued this team for much of the season again reared its head in this game. The lone bright spot was the running work of RB Jamaal Charles. On Kansas City's second possession, Charles took a handoff up the left side, made one cut-back, and hit the hole with ferocity en route to a 41 yard touchdown gallop. There were a handful of arm tackle attempts, but realistically once Charles hit the hole nobody was tackling him. At one point, his rushing yardage on successive runs read like this: 41, 11, 8, 9. Unfortunately, the fifth run in that sequence turned out to be a fumble when he was tackled from behind and coughed it up. He may have been able to redeem himself, except for the fact that he got very little work after halftime (two carries). For the game, he had just nine carries and just ten total touches despite averaging nearly ten yards per touch. Even if you play the old "Yeah but take out the long run and see what he did" game, he still had eight carries for 41 yards (5.1 YPC). Part of the problem was that the Chiefs didn't ever have the ball long enough to sustain drives and get him involved, and then they fell behind by so many points that running the ball became pointless. On one particular run, the Chiefs faced a crucial fourth down and one situation. Rather than trying to jam it inside, HC Todd Haley opted to run a pitch to Charles to the right side that ended up losing yardage and costing the Chiefs a golden opportunity to keep the ball and maintain some momentum. Charles briefly left the game with what appeared to be some sort of a head or neck/shoulder injury after taking a big hit on the sideline, but he came back in and showed no ill effects.
2009 Week 1 vs BAL (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Charles was used more as a receiver than as a rusher against a formidable Ravens defense in Week 1. Most of his yardage came on a meaningless catch just before halftime, so his current threat level to Larry Johnson's workload is quite low. Look for him to put up bigger stats next week against Oakland.
2009 Week 3 vs PHI (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)
Charles returned to the lineup after being inactive in Week 2. Charles was given fewer touches than Larry Johnson (10 to 19) but Charles did much more when he had his chances. Charles looked much faster, cutting quickly and getting to his top gears rapidly when catching the ball in space. Charles padded some of his numbers with plays before halftime and later in the game, along with a 26-yard catch and run on a gimmick throw from WR Mark Bradley. Charles has some fantasy value in PPR leagues and may start seeing more touches than Larry Johnson.
2009 Week 4 vs NYG (2 / 24 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles entered the stat sheet early in Week 4, but not in a good category. Charles fumbled the opening kickoff, setting up the Giants for an early score and putting Kansas City out of the game almost before it even started. He added a meaningless 24-yard rush on the final play of the game, so until Larry Johnson gets benched (which could happen) keep Charles out of your fantasy lineup.
2009 Week 5 vs DAL (3 / 9 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Charles played important role as a receiver in the two-minute drill and had a few change of pace carries, but he still hasn't risen to the level of a true committee back.
2009 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles had only five touches (four carries) in Week 6 against Washington for a combined scant seven yards. Charles is no better than a handcuff to Larry Johnson and has no fantasy value with Johnson healthy and starting.
2009 Week 7 vs SD (4 / 33 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Charles looked much quicker than did Larry Johnson, but that's to be expected. Charles is younger and has that good burst that Johnson may not quite have these days. Charles showed nice inside cuts and quickness to get to the second level of the defense, though he didn't break many tackles once he got there. The Chiefs also split him out wide in the second half as they tried coming up with some creative ways to get him the ball. At one point, he got way behind the last line of the defense wide open for what should have been a long touchdown but the pass was badly overthrown.
2009 Week 9 vs JAX (6 / 36 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Charles got touches on three of the first four plays and made good gains out of them, but then the Chiefs inexplicably went to a RB rotation that cooled Charles off. He got more touches in the fourth quarter did well with, too. He ran hard between the tackles and even got a few yards after contact. He caught the ball well as a receiver out of the backfield and showed good urgency getting upfield to make positive plays out of his receptions, especially on his two-point conversion. Charles burst is translating on runs between the tackles and when he tries to get the corner. He deserves more work, and should get it if the Chiefs coaching is rational.
2009 Week 10 vs OAK (18 / 103 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 14 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles 44-yard TD run on 4th and 1 should put to rest any ideas of real committee backfield in Kansas City. He was patient and rubbed off contact to find the lane through lots of strong downfield blocking by the Chiefs to paydirt, never really having to turn on the jets. Charles didn't make any other big plays, but he ran hard for the entire game, not shying away from contact at all, even though his build/size leaves him open to get man-handled at times. Charles was still fresh in the fourth quarter, showing his ability to handle a heavier load, and Charles also showed off his soft hands out of the backfield. Charles also got through trash in the backfield with good feet. Two goal-to-go carries went Charles, but the line got no push at all. He should be a great flex and solid RB2 play going forward, but this game could represent his high-water mark over the remainder of the season.
2009 Week 11 vs PIT (17 / 58 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 8 / 1 rec)
Charles started the game off with a 97-yard kickoff return for a score. On offense, the Chiefs moved him around; he took a reverse after lining up in the slot, and later took the pitch in a handoff-and-option play. Charles was not particularly successful overall running the ball, but picked the right time to get hot. His final three carries, including one in OT, went for 27 yards, and all for first downs. He also caught a 2 yard touchdown. There was speculation that Kolby Smith might steal some carries, but that was not the case. Charles remained the go-to guy from beginning to end.
2009 Week 12 vs SD (14 / 93 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)
Charles wasn't given a ton of room to run by his offensive line, but when there was even a crack he made the most of it. And on the few occasions they opened a hole for him, he busted through for multiple big gains. His long run went for thirty yards with another fifteen tacked on for a facemask penalty. Considering his team was down 28-7 at halftime and they ended up losing by 29 points, it's pretty astounding that he managed to rack up nearly 100 yards on the ground. Charles got 14 of the team's 17 running back carries, proving that he is clearly "the guy" in the Kansas City backfield. Not only that, but he got the short yardage carry that resulted in the team's lone rushing score, and he was also a very active participant in the passing game. His long gain there went for 49 yards down the sideline with CB Quentin Jammer defending him, but Jammer seemingly never saw the ball. Charles made a very nice play to haul it in as he fell down towards the sideline.
2009 Week 13 vs DEN (18 / 56 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Charles ran tough today against a Broncos defense focused on stopping him. He seemed to get a little banged up as the game went on, but kept coming back in and didn't miss much time overall. The Chiefs were successful running to the outside, where Charles is at his best. However, the scatback continued to show that he could be a determined and effective runner between the tackles too. Charles kept his legs driving after contact, and even delivered a blow to linebacker D.J. Williams on th sideline where he lowered his shoulders to pick up extra yards instead of running out of bounds. He could have had two touchdowns on the game, but Brian Dawkins was able to fight off left tackle Branden Albert on a sweep to the left and Charles was stopped for a 3-yard loss.
2009 Week 14 vs BUF (20 / 143 / 1 rush, 8 / 7 / 38 / 0 rec)
Charles is the do-everything back for the Chiefs, and he is taking well to the role. He had a ton of catches out of the backfield and absorbed punishment to get what was there after the reception, and his speed allowed him to run away from the Bills defense and score the Chiefs only TD on the day from 76 yards out. His hard-nosed running between the tackles kept the offense in manageable down and distances. He had three straight carries on goal-to-go to get the Chiefs down to the one, but they decided to go to Cassel on fourth down, and Cassel failed. Charles converted some key short yardage plays, and another big run in the fourth quarter was called back by a penalty. He is a very good RB2 to have for the fantasy playoffs, especially next week against the Browns.
2009 Week 15 vs CLE (25 / 154 / 1 rush, 4 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Charles continues to assert himself as the Chiefs RB of the future. He ran tough inside, falling forward and hurtling himself through the hole for yards after contact. He also had good hands as a receiver out of the backfield, and great patience waiting for the hole to develop. When he did see the hole, Charles turned on that track star burst, and it turned into a 47-yard TD when broke some arm tackles and made a tackler miss in the open field. Charles got small through the hole, never went down easily, and even dragged a few Browns for a ride at the end of runs. He did some damage in the second half on runs out of the shotgun, too. He has arrived as a fantasy RB1 for the playoffs, and maybe for 2010.
2009 Week 16 vs CIN (24 / 102 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Charles continues to look impressive as Kansas City's featured back. He ran well between the tackles against a usually solid Cincinnati front seven. He easily glided to the corner on a number of longer runs, beating linebackers to the edge. Charles was also effective as a pass catcher, despite a bad dropped pass on a short route for his lone missed target.
2009 Week 17 vs DEN (25 / 259 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
Charles ran for a Chiefs record 259 yards against the Broncos on Sunday, and crushed the Broncos hopes of getting back in this game with big runs in the 4th quarter. Kansas City got him the ball in a number of different ways, but the speedy back only needs a sliver of daylight to have a big gain. He was regularly getting to the second level of the defense, and in the end averaged over 10-yards per carry. Once again Charles ran with good authority between the tackles, and was very dangerous outside if the Broncos failed to set the edge. Charles also showed great balance as he ran under control and was hard to bring down with just a shoulder hit. He looked like Chris Johnson out there and kept his feet moving after contact which allowed him to gain positive yardage on plays where it looked like he might be dropped for a minimal gain. His running style is fearless despite his size, and he is very aggressive when he runs the football. Charles becomes the first player in NFL history to have over 1,100 yards rushing on less than 200 carries.
2008 Week 1 vs NE (5 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
The biggest conversation topics in regards to Charles this past off-season were about his fumbling problems. However, the Chiefs have reportedly created a package of plays built entirely around the speedster tailback out of Texas. His role in the teams Week One game was larger than expected and he was used in both the running and passing game. He averaged more than five yards per carry on the ground, tallying up 28 yards on five carries. In addition, he caught two balls for six yards.
2008 Week 2 vs OAK (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The Chiefs appeared to be trying to get the ball in Charles' hands a bit more. The first play of the game was a deep pattern (underthrown by Huard) to Charles. He only had three carries as the Chiefs all but abandoned the running game in the second half.
2008 Week 3 vs ATL (7 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Charles has seemingly taken on the role of pass catching back for the Chiefs, and got a handful of carries in garbage time.
2008 Week 4 vs DEN (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Backs not named Larry Johnson weren't all that involved in this game...Charles had two carries and caught both his pass targets, but total yards were negligible.
2008 Week 5 vs CAR (4 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 22 / 0 rec)
Charles took over the starting tailback duties early in the second half. He was the preferred back for the Chiefs in passing situations, which meant most of this game. His 18 yards on the ground sadly led the way for the Chiefs, and he added four catches.
2008 Week 7 vs TEN (3 / 17 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 26 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles did not start the game. He was used mostly in the second half and did not get many touches. He was actually at the WR position on a few plays and a few of his targets came early in the game at wideout. On one play he showed his youth in not getting to the first down marker before he turned back for the ball. The Chiefs were one yard short of the first down and turned the ball over again. QB Tyler Thigpen targeted Charles a lot in the fourth quarter as he was too nervous to sit in the pocket and throw downfield. Four of his targets were dump passes and two were uncatchable.
2008 Week 8 vs NYJ (5 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Jamaal Charles did not start the game again. He did outgain Kolby Smith by twice the yards with half the touches. In passing situations it was almost exclusively Charles. Charles looks like the much better back when he gets the ball, but for some reason Kansas City does not stay with him and keeps using a rotation. Jamaal Charles did leave the game for part of the first half with a knee injury. He returned in the second half with no signs of any lingering problems.
2008 Week 9 vs TB (18 / 106 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles got the bulk of his work after the injury to Kolby Smith and looked impressive against the Tampa Bay defense as he rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries to become the first back to reach the century mark against the Buccaneers this season. Charles showed the burst and quickness he displayed in college as well as some great footwork. The only negative for Charles was a lost fumble deep in Tampa Bay territory that the Buccaneers turned into a score.
2008 Week 10 vs SD (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles injured an ankle on his very first carry of the game, and saw very limited work after that point. He returned to play in the second half, but by that time the Chiefs were already well into their passing game and enjoying a ton of success. Rather than mess with a good thing, they opted to keep Charles mostly on the bench.
2008 Week 11 vs NO (2 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles gained 12 yards on a draw play. He did a nice job to make a defender miss, regain his balance and break a tackle to pick up the first down.
2008 Week 12 vs BUF (2 / 22 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
Jamaal Charles carried twice for 22 yards but lost a fumble in the second quarter at the KC 28 yard line. The turnover led to a Buffalo field goal. He also caught three balls for 45 yards, including the first Kansas City touchdown on a 36 yard pass.
2008 Week 13 vs OAK (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Charles did not have many opportunities, but did show good elusiveness in gaining additional yards on the pass he caught.
2008 Week 15 vs SD (4 / 7 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Charles was strictly a backup, with just four nondescript rushing attempts and no looks in the passing game.
2008 Week 16 vs MIA (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 102 / 0 rec)
RB Jamaal Charles has clearly been relegated to back-up duty with the return of RB Larry Johnson but he continues to show a lot of skill and quickness. He took a screen pass from QB Tyler Thigpen 75 yards to set up a two yard touchdown run by Johnson.