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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 coach Andy Reid still doesn't think Jamaal Charles is ready for a full workload.
"Is he ready to carry it every down? I don’t think that’s where were at right this minute," Reid said Monday. "But he got more carries than he did against Pittsburgh, and his attitude — from the get go — has been give me the ball, I want to play. The attitude is awesome." Spencer Ware out-touched Charles 26-11 against the Raiders, and though the discrepancy may not be quite as dramatic for Week 7, Ware is definitely the safer fantasy play. Daily Slant: With the Saints on deck for Kansas City, the ground game for the Chiefs will remain squarely in play - the tough park will be picking the right guy. It's likely that Charles' workload continues to grow, but with Spencer Ware playing very well and still expected to be a big part of the back-field, Ware probably remains the safer target. Oct 17 - 3:27 PM

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Jamaal Charles rushed nine times for 33 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' Week 6 win over the Raiders.

Charles got considerably more work than he did in his Week 4 debut. But coming out of the bye week and fully healthy, Charles was expected to be in more of a 50-50 split with Spencer Ware. Instead, Ware dominated carries 24-9. Charles added two catches for 14 yards. His touchdown, on a goal-line plunge, was Charles' first of the season. We'll see if the Chiefs actually take the training wheels off a bit more in a juicy home date with the Saints next week.
Oct 16 - 7:43 PM

Chiefs OC Brad Childress said the team is going to "sprinkle" in Jamaal Charles "where we feel he's most effective."

Charles is practicing in full this week and has said the "training wheels" are off, but the coaching staff might not feel the same way. Considering how careful they have been with Charles to this point, it would not be surprising if they limited him even coming out of the bye. Even if he is a "full go," Spencer Ware has earned a role. Charles is no better than an RB2 even in a good matchup against the Raiders.
Oct 13 - 1:01 PM

Jamaal Charles is practicing in full for Week 6 against the Raiders.

Asked if he feels 100 percent, Charles said he's "110 percent" healthy coming out of the bye. When asked if Charles would be more active than he was in his Week 4 debut, coach Andy Reid said, "As long as there are no setbacks, he'll probably do a little bit more." Reid hasn't been one to push Charles this year, but we'd expect Charles to get the opportunity to gain the hot hand against Oakland, especially with Spencer Ware having some fumble issues the past couple games. Charles is probably safe to fire up as an RB2 with obvious upside.
Oct 12 - 2:13 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) said he's ready to go for Week 6 against the Raiders, and the "training wheels" are coming off.

Giddy up. Charles made his season debut in the Week 4 embarrassing loss to the Steelers, but we all knew he wasn't going to play more than a handful of snaps that night. Now coming out of the bye with several weeks of practice under his belt, Charles seems ready to get back to being a major part of the offense. Spencer Ware will remain a factor out of the backfield, but Charles should be the 1A to Ware's 1B here. A date with the Raiders is about as rosy a matchup possible.
Oct 12 - 1:48 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) said he is "100 percent."

Charles also confirmed the Chiefs originally planned to sit him through the bye week, but the injury to Charcandrick West accelerated his return. Charles only played 11 snaps against the Steelers, but he should be much more involved against the Raiders Week 6. Still, Spencer Ware has earned a role in the backfield. Charles will be more of an RB2 in that matchup.
Oct 3 - 8:52 AM

Jamaal Charles had two carries for seven yards in Week 4 against the Steelers.

Charles had a limited role behind Spencer Ware as expected. He played just 11 snaps and was shut down due to the field conditions in the second half. The good news is he didn't have any setbacks. Charles isn't going to be an every-down back when healthy, but should regain his starting role following Kansas City's Week 5 bye.
Oct 3 - 12:19 AM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is active for Week 4 against the Steelers.

Charles will make his debut after sitting out the first three weeks. He's only expected to play 10-15 snaps, with Spencer Ware remaining the featured back. Charles saw most of his work with the scout team in practice and can't be trusted in lineups. The Chiefs inactives are RB Charcandrick West, CB Phillip Gaines, OL Jordan Devey, OL Jah Reid, QB Tyler Bray, WR De'Anthony Thomas, and LB Sam Barrington.
Oct 2 - 6:59 PM

FOX's Jay Glazer reported Jamaal Charles will only play 10-15 snaps in Sunday night's game at Pittsburgh.

That's less than Charcandick West has been playing. Charles will be a bit player in his return ahead of Kansas City's Week 5 bye. Spencer Ware will continue to be the Chiefs' feature back against the Steelers.
Oct 2 - 12:51 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Jamaal Charles (knee, questionable) still saw some scout-team work this week.

"It’s been good," Reid said of Charles' week of practice. "He’s done a little bit of team, a little bit of scout. He’s mixed it in and out and looks like he’s getting better all the time." Charles will reportedly make his debut this week, but it will be surprising if he sees more than a handful of touches with the bye week on the horizon. Spencer Ware should still operate as the lead back.
Oct 1 - 10:29 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jamaal Charles (knee, questionable) will make his season debut against the Steelers in Week 4.

Charles is finally ready to go after a slow recovery from ACL surgery. We'd imagine the Chiefs will have him on a snap count in his first game back. Spencer Ware is still expected to lead the Chiefs' backfield in Week 4, though it's possible Charles could cut into his red-zone work. Charcandrick West (ankle) won't be in action Sunday night.
Sep 30 - 2:46 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is questionable for Week 4 against the Steelers.

It's an upgrade for Charles, who was listed as doubtful the previous three weeks. Charles was limited at practice this week and could very well be headed for a game-time decision. If Charles gets the green light, he'd likely work in a committee alongside Spencer Ware. Charcandrick West (ankle) has already been ruled out. We still expect Ware to be the Chiefs' lead back against the Steelers.
Sep 30 - 2:27 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

There's yet to be an indication this will be the week Charles makes his 2016 debut. We should get official word on Friday.
Sep 29 - 5:27 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) remained limited at Wednesday's practice.

Another day, another limited practice for Charles. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said it's "difficult to picture" Charles playing against the Steelers on Sunday night unless he returns to a full practice at some point during the week. Look for Spencer Ware to carry the mail again in Week 4.
Sep 28 - 5:56 PM

Speaking Monday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said "there's a chance" Jamaal Charles (knee) returns for Week 4.

It's basically what Reid's been saying for weeks. We'd bet on Charles missing his fourth straight game, and for Spencer Ware to once again carry the mail in Kansas City's backfield. Charles' status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Sep 26 - 1:22 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Nick Foles
3Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Spencer Ware
3Charcandrick West
GLB1Spencer Ware
2Jamaal Charles
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Charcandrick West
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2De'Anthony Thomas
3Demarcus Robinson
WR21Chris Conley
2Albert Wilson
3Tyreek Hill
WR31Albert Wilson
TE1Travis Kelce
2Demetrius Harris
3James O'Shaughnessy
4Ross Travis
LT1Eric Fisher
2Bryan Witzmann
LG1Parker Ehinger
2Zach Fulton
C1Mitch Morse
RG1Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
2Jordan Devey
RT1Mitchell Schwartz
2Jah Reid
K1Cairo Santos