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Jamaal Charles | Running Back | #25

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (73) / KC
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Chiefs GM John Dorsey fully expects Jamaal Charles to remain with the team for 2016.
"I love him to death, love how dirty tough he is," Dorsey said. "Yeah, he's a Chief." Going on 30, Charles is recovering from a torn ACL, but was averaging 5.1 yards per carry before going down in October. He's due an eminently reasonable $5.75 million between salary and bonuses in 2016. We'd expect the Chiefs to roll with more of a committee in an effort to keep Charles fresh and healthy, but there's little doubt he'll be the chairman. Jan 21 - 2:39 PM

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Chiefs GM John Dorsey "thinks" Jamaal Charles (torn right ACL) might be ahead of schedule.

It's the time of year where every injured player is ahead of schedule. Charles' health won't be worth speculating on until the Chiefs report for training camp. Three months removed from surgery, Charles should be on the probable side of questionable for Week 1 of 2016.
Jan 21 - 2:24 PM

Jamaal Charles underwent stem-cell treatment on his torn right ACL "a few days ago" to try and speed up the recovery.

Charles says he underwent stem-cell treatment when he underwent his initial surgery to repair the ligament he tore in Week 5 and recently had to go back for another small procedure at the six-week mark. "It went well," said Charles. Athletes have turned to stem-cell treatment in recent years. He should be ready in time for training camp this summer.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 09:35:00 AM

Chiefs placed RB Jamaal Charles on injured reserve with a torn right ACL, ending his season.

Charles has roughly 10 months to get ready for next year's training camp. Charles recovered smoothly from a torn left ACL in 2011, but was four years younger. He will almost certainly skip all of next preseason. Despite the injury and Charles' advancing age – he turns 29 in December — he'll remain a talent worth betting on next season. Charles' career 5.5 yards per carry is fourth all time. He's never posted a YPC below 5.0.
Tue, Oct 13, 2015 04:42:00 PM

A Monday MRI confirmed Jamaal Charles tore his right ACL in Sunday's Week 5 loss to the Bears.

Their season already down the drain, the 1-4 Chiefs will turn to a committee of Charcandrick West and Knile Davis the rest of the way. Charles, who turns 29 later this year, should be ready for 2016 training camp assuming his recovery progresses as smoothly as it did after Charles tore his left ACL in 2011. Charles was the No. 1 overall fantasy running back through the season's first four games. That distinction now belongs to Atlanta's Devonta Freeman.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 05:32:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the "immediate fear" is Jamaal Charles suffered a torn right ACL based on "initial tests."

That's what it looked like on replay after Charles went down in a hurry on his third-quarter carry against the Bears. He was quickly ruled out for the remainder of the game and will undergo an MRI on Monday. All signs point toward Charles being done for the season. Charcandrick West has been getting the vast majority of the work with Charles out of the game. He's a must-add in all formats.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 03:34:00 PM

Jamaarl Charles exited Week 5 against the Bears with a right knee injury.

Charles received a carry on 1st-and-goal from the nine-yard line. He tried to cut it back to the left, but his right knee buckled on the play. It was a non-contact injury and had the look of a potential season-ender. Charles laid on the field in obvious pain before getting carried off by teammate OLB Justin Houston and other members of the Chiefs. Charcandrick West is now in the game. Before leaving, Charles rushed 12 times for 58 yards and caught one ball for 26 yards.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 02:56:00 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed 11 times for 75 yards and caught 6-of-6 targets for 70 yards in the Chiefs' Week 4 loss to Cincinnati.

Charles was extremely efficient with his touches, but it's worth noting that he rotated with Charcandrick West in the second half of Sunday's loss. That may have been a case of the Chiefs trying to manage Charles, who through entered the game leading all NFL running backs in snaps played. Either way, fantasy owners should be pleased with Charles' 145 all-purpose yards. Charles has a gorgeous matchup with the Bears on deck. Through four games, Charles is on pace for 1,828 total yards and 20 touchdowns. He will be the overall RB1 entering Week 5.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed 11 times for 49 yards and three touchdowns and caught 5-of-7 targets for 33 yards in the Chiefs' 38-28, Week 3 loss to the Packers.

Charles and the Chiefs managed 94 total yards of offense in the first half, and didn't really get going until the game was already out of hand in the third quarter at 31-7. Still, Charles benefitted by getting most of the scoring looks near the goal line, pounding in touchdown runs from seven, four, and nine yards out. It just further proves that Charles is pretty much matchup-proof because he's still going to get touches and remain the focal point of the offense near the end zone. Continue to fire him up as a locked-in RB1 for Week 4 against the Bengals.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 12:30:00 AM

Jamaal Charles rushed 21 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 31-24, Week 2 loss to the Broncos, but also lost two fumbles.

Charles "added" four receptions for two yards. Charles was his vintage self for most of the evening, but bookended an otherwise stellar performance with two back-breaking cough ups. Charles' first fumble came on a 3rd-and-5 from the Broncos' five-yard line, while his second was housed for Denver's game-winning score with only 0:27 remaining. Tasked with running out the clock on a draw, Charles let the ball get poked out as he fell to the ground. It was a soft loss. The good news is that Charles was gliding around the field when he wasn't turning the ball over. He's still far and away the Chiefs' best player. He'll remain a top-five RB1 for next week's trip to Green Bay.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 12:06:00 AM

Jamaal Charles managed 57 yards on 16 carries, but caught 5-of-8 targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' Week 1 win over the Texans.

The Chiefs were very aggressive in the passing game to open this one. Charles was highly active as a receiver, seeing seven first-half targets and scoring his touchdown from seven yards out on a swing pass. The usage brought back memories of Charles' deployment by Andy Reid in 2013, when he led all running backs in targets, receptions, and fantasy points. Charles will remain a top-shelf RB1 option in Week 2 against the Broncos.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:44:00 PM

Jamaal Charles had three carries for 26 yards in Kansas City's third preseason game.

He added two catches for 15 yards. The Chiefs barely played Charles this preseason in an effort to keep him healthy. He remains a strong bet for 250-plus touches as the centerpiece of Kansas City's offense. Charles should be drafted a top-five fantasy pick.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 09:55:00 PM

Jamaal Charles caught three passes for seven yards in the Chiefs' second preseason game Friday night.

He didn't receive a carry, resting while Knile Davis took the beating. Although it didn't result in many yards, it was nice to see Charles heavily involved in the Chiefs' screen game. His receiving usage dipped sharply last year, battling an early-season high ankle sprain and never fully getting going there after leading all NFL running backs in pass-game targets the season before.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 10:30:00 PM

The Chiefs are prepared to give Jamaal Charles more rest this season.

"You want to make sure he is healthy late in the season," OC Doug Pederson said. "So if that means giving a guy like Knile Davis some reps — whatever you have to do to keep (Charles) healthy for 16 games, you do that each week." Charles remains the focal point of the Chiefs' offense, but it doesn't sound like they want him to average the 22 weekly touches he managed in 2013. Battling various injuries, Charles averaged a more modest 16.4 touches in 2014. Even if that number is again in the 16-18 range this season, Charles is a no-brainer RB1.
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 05:24:00 PM

Jamaal Charles has dropped his weight to 204 pounds and reiterated that he wants to play six more seasons in the NFL.

Charles, 28, is under contract with Kansas City for two more years. He says he's changed his diet with an emphasis on longevity. "I feel like I’m young all over again," said Charles. "I feel like I am 20, 21. I feel good, I feel healthy, I eat right, I take vitamins, I do yoga. I am doing everything I am supposed to do to keep my body up at age." Charles has the all-purpose game to last longer in the league than most running backs, even if he becomes more of a rotational passing-down specialist later in his career. Charles' current re-draft ADP is No. 3 overall.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015 03:54:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Alex Smith
2Aaron Murray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
3Spencer Ware
4Knile Davis
5Darrin Reaves
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Spencer Ware
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Trey Millard
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Chris Conley
3Da'Ron Brown
4Fred Williams
WR21Albert Wilson
2Frankie Hammond
3Kenny Cook
WR31Chris Conley
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3James O'Shaughnessy
4Brian Parker
5Ross Travis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Reid Fragel
LG1Ben Grubbs
2Jarrod Pughsley
3Michael Liedtke
C1Mitch Morse
2Zach Fulton
3Daniel Munyer
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Paul Fanaika
RT1Jah Reid
2Laurence Gibson
K1Cairo Santos