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Jamaal Charles | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Andy Reid said he expects to lighten Jamaal Charles' workload slightly next season.
It's a no-brainer plan. At 5'11/199, Charles averaged 21.9 touches per game last season and played on 752-of-860 snaps (87.4 percent) in the first 12 games of the year. He didn't appear to wear down at all, but this kind of usage at the running back position is asking for trouble. Knile Davis began to gain the trust of the coaching staff late in the year and as long as his leg is healed, he'll have a complementary role from Week 1. We'd still put Charles in the mix for the No. 1 overall pick in 2014 fantasy drafts as a perfectly explosive fit for Reid's scheme. He'll be an excellent bet for 300 total touches again. Feb 26 - 9:37 AM

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Jamaal Charles doesn't believe he suffered a concussion in the Wild Card Round loss to the Colts.

"I was trying to get back on the field," Charles said. "I feel like I didn't have a concussion. I kind of got (woozy), like a boxer. Just give me a 10 count and let me get back in the ring and let me fight again. … I tried (to talk my way back into the game). I feel like when somebody wants to play, let them play. (But) they're protecting players and the team. They had to do what they had to do." Charles was obviously disappointed he couldn't continue after he shredded the Colts on the opening drive, but it's water under the bridge now. The Chiefs did the right thing. This at least confirms Charles' concussion wasn't serious.
Jan 29 - 1:04 PM

Jamaal Charles' concussion isn't considered serious.

Charles was knocked out on the first drive of Kansas City's Wild Card loss, but is "improving, and completing concussion protocol testing." It sounds like he would have been able to play had the Chiefs advanced. Two weeks past his 27th birthday, Charles was one of the five best offensive players in the NFL this season, averaging 5.0 yards per carry while racking up 1,980 yards from scrimmage. He scored 19 total touchdowns. He'll be a top-three pick in next summer's fantasy drafts.
Jan 7 - 7:12 PM

Jamaal Charles (concussion) will not return to the Chiefs' Wild Card game against the Colts.

Charles was ruled out late in the second quarter after going down on Kansas City's opening drive. Knile Davis will finish out the day as the Chiefs' feature back. Cyrus Gray is Davis' backup. Charles had three carries for 18 yards before going down. Charles should be considered questionable for a potential Divisional Round game.
Jan 4 - 5:47 PM

Jamaal Charles was forced from Saturday's Wild Card game with a possible concussion, and is questionable to return.

Looking to avoid a big hit on the Chiefs' opening drive, Charles went to the ground in awkward fashion, appearing to slam his head on the turf. He remained down for several moments before walking to the sideline under his own power. He attempted to get loose before being escorted to the locker room. It's quite possible he's concussed. Kansas City finished off the drive with a score, but losing Charles would be hard to overcome. We should receive official word before halftime.
Jan 4 - 4:45 PM

Jamaal Charles' 2013 base salary was just $1.75 million, and he's owed a meager $2.25 million in 2014.

Ex-Chiefs GM Scott Pioli deserves credit for in December of 2010 getting Charles to accept a six-year, $28 million contract that will go down as one of the team-friendliest extensions signed by an NFL player over the past decade. It was absolute robbery on the Chiefs' part. Now coming off an MVP-caliber campaign, Charles will have plenty of ground to stand on if he wants to hold out. Current GM John Dorsey may want to approach Charles about a reasonable raise immediately after the season.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 08:58:00 PM

Jamaal Charles is inactive for Week 17 against the Chargers.

As expected, he's a healthy scratch. Look for Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray to work in tandem at tailback while Chase Daniel quarterbacks the offense.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 03:06:00 PM

According to both FOX's Jay Glazer and the NFL Network, Jamaal Charles will be inactive Sunday.

The Chiefs are locked into the AFC's No. 5 seed, so they're going to rest a ton of their starters against the Chargers. Guys like Alex Smith and Dwayne Bowe may get a series or two, but there's no reason to subject Charles to any more hits. Fantasy's No. 1 running back has already racked up 329 touches on the year while playing in all 15 games. Rookie backup Knile Davis will start and makes for a fine RB2 kind of plug-n-play as he stares at 16-20 touches.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:23:00 PM

Coach Andy Reid said the starters and backups will share first-team practice reps this week.

Those fantasy commissioners that goofed up and have their league play through the meaningless Week 17 need to resign from their duties. With the Chiefs' backups and starters splitting reps this week, we can assume that Jamaal Charles, Alex Smith, Dwayne Bowe and company will play only a series or two in the regular season finale against the Chargers. Knile Davis, Chase Daniel, and the Junior Hemingways of the world would play more than three quarters.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 01:04:00 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid indicated to reporters Monday that he is open to the idea of resting starters in Week 17.

And here's why no fantasy leagues should extend into the NFL's most-meaningless week. With nothing left to play for -- Kansas City is locked into the AFC's No. 5 seed -- Reid could conceivably field a lineup consisting of Chase Daniel, Knile Davis, and Junior Hemingway against the Chargers. Reid says he's made no formal decision yet, but he's "had some success (resting starters) in the past."
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:16:00 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries in the Chiefs' Week 16 loss to the Colts.

Charles added 38 yards receiving on five catches. His 144 total yards came rather quietly, but he's been a star of the fantasy playoffs and is in the MVP conversation. Charles opened the game with a 31-yard touchdown run through the right side of his line. The Colts missed a couple tackles on the play. The Chiefs were kept off the scoreboard the rest of the day. Charles and the 11-4 Chiefs are locked into the No. 5 seed as they head to San Diego for Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 05:09:00 PM

According to ESPN, Jamaal Charles' 51 fantasy points in Sunday's win at Oakland were tied for the sixth-most since 1960.

Gale Sayers had 55 fantasy points in 1965 and Clinton Portis had 54 in 2003. Jim Brown (1961), Jerry Rice (1990) and Shaun Alexander (2002) are all just ahead of Charles with 52 points. Charles also became the first running back in the history of the NFL with four touchdown catches and had more receiving yards (195) than any running back since Marshall Faulk had 204 in 1999. The Chiefs officially clinched a playoff spot on the back of Charles' historic performance.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:46:00 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed eight times for 20 yards with one touchdown and added eight catches for 195 yards with four more touchdowns in Sunday's 56-31 Week 15 win at Oakland.

It's fitting that fantasy's most consistent superstar all season long saved his best performance for the playoffs. The five touchdowns are the most by a non-quarterback since Clinton Portis did it in 2003. Three of the scores came on the same play, a simple screen from Alex Smith that let Charles do his thing in open space. His fourth score was on a wheel route in which he easily roasted Raiders LB Miles Burris and the fifth was a one-yard dive over the pile. Charles now has 10 touchdowns in his last four games and 18 on the season heading into a Week 16 home game against the Colts. His fantasy MVP status will be solidified then.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 07:26:00 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed 19 times for 151 yards and a touchdown in Kansas City's 45-10, Week 14 drubbing of the Redskins, adding two catches for eight yards and another score.

In a game that started out as a winter wonderland on FedEx Field's infamously poor turf, Charles found his footing early, dicing through the Redskins D as Kansas City raced out to a 31-0 lead after just 20 minutes. He added yards as needed as the Chiefs drained the clock on a snoozer, and quite possibly Mike Shanahan's time in Washington. With three games to go, Charles is up to 1,622 yards from scrimmage and 13 total touchdowns. He's been a fantasy MVP.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 04:55:00 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed 19 times for 93 yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 27 yards in the Chiefs' Week 13 loss to Denver.

Charles was highly effective in his all-purpose role against Denver's top-five run defense, regularly beating linebackers to the corner and creating his own running room at the first level. He is a special talent and increasingly challenging to be regarded as the most well-rounded tailback in the game. Expect Charles to light up the Redskins' defense in Week 14.
Sun, Dec 1, 2013 08:33:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
4Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4De'Anthony Thomas
5Joe McKnight
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
FB1Anthony Sherman
2James Baker
3Jordan Campbell
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2A.J. Jenkins
3Jerrell Jackson
4Weston Dressler
5Mark Harrison
WR21Donnie Avery
2Junior Hemingway
3Kyle Williams
4Fred Williams
5Albert Wilson
WR31A.J. Jenkins
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Sean McGrath
4Richard Gordon
5Demetrius Harris
K1Ryan Succop
2Cairo Santos