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Jamaal Charles | Running Back | #28

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 3 (73) / KC
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Jamaal Charles will sit out the Broncos' second preseason game on Saturday.
Charles was supposed to play in the Broncos' exhibition opener, but ended up sitting out. He will supposedly play in the third preseason game. Charles has said he's healthy, but the Broncos are showing extreme caution with the 30 year old's knees. Charles remains a true dart throw in the late rounds of fantasy drafts. Aug 15 - 1:44 PM

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Broncos coach Vance Joseph said he is "not sure yet" if Jamaal Charles will play in the second preseason game.

Coming off a series of knee injuries, Charles was held out of the preseason opener and has remained limited in practice, although he has reportedly taken more full-team reps in the past week. It is smart for the Broncos to take it slow with the veteran, but they will need to see if he has anything left in the tank at some point.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 14 - 10:35 AM

Updating an earlier item, Jamaal Charles will be held out of the Broncos' preseason opener on Thursday.

Coach Vance Joseph said Monday that Charles would play, but changed his mind 24 hours later. Even with Charles' health a question mark, the Broncos would have little to gain by throwing him out for 1-2 series in an exhibition opener.
Aug 8 - 1:48 PM

Jamaal Charles will play in Thursday's preseason opener.

Charles' troublesome knees are healthy enough for game action. Typically, a player with Charles' résumé and injury history would probably be held out of exhibition action altogether, but the Broncos need to see what they have in the 30-year-old back. That being said, Charles is unlikely to see more than a series or two against the Bears.
Aug 7 - 1:45 PM

MMQB's Peter King reports the Broncos want Jamaal Charles to see eight to 10 touches per game.

Those touches obviously depend on Charles being healthy, but he told King he has "zero knee pain" right now. Even so, the Broncos do not want to overload a 30-year-old back who has played eight games in the last two years. Charles has been hyper-efficient with his work throughout his career, but he will likely need more than 10 touches a game to be a real fantasy factor in standard leagues.
Source: MMQB
Jul 31 - 8:13 AM

Jamaal Charles (knees) has been cleared for the start of training camp.

Charles was doing "everything" last month, but the Broncos were still holding him back. Even though he's been cleared by the doctors, Denver still plans to bring Charles along slowly the first couple weeks of camp. As long as Charles can stay healthy and look close to his old self, he should be able to make the team.
Jul 26 - 1:39 PM

Jamaal Charles said he is "doing everything" including "cutting" on his surgically-repaired knees.

"I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me," Charles said. "I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do." Charles was held out of team drills during minicamp, but it looks like he is going to be close to if not at full health when training camp begins in about a month. It is unclear how much he has left in the tank after losing essentially two seasons to knee injuries, but he should push C.J. Anderson if he is healthy.
Source: Denver 7
Jun 29 - 8:18 AM

Jamaal Charles (knee) is being held out of team drills in minicamp.

Charles is getting in some side work with his helmet on, but the Broncos aren't forcing the issue six weeks before training camp. It's unclear if Charles will be 100 percent for the start of camp.
Jun 13 - 1:18 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee) said he thinks he can "be the man" in the Broncos' backfield.

It would be surprising if Charles' goal was anything less than being "the man" considering his resume, but he also seems to have reasonable expectations about his role coming off multiple knee surgeries at age 30. "I just want to come in and compete," Charles said. "I want to show up and compete with my teammates and show them that I am good and still at the top of my career." Charles still has not been fully cleared, but he has progressed to "light drills" at OTAs. If he can get healthy, Charles should operate as the change-of-pace option for C.J. Anderson.
Source: ESPN
Jun 6 - 10:32 AM

Jamaal Charles (knees) progressed to "light drills" with the running backs at Broncos OTA practice on Monday.

"He came here and his quad was really weak," coach Vance Joseph admitted. "He’s gotten stronger, he’s running hills, he was with (RBs coach) Eric Studesville on a couple drills. So he’s getting closer, but his time frame won’t change. He’ll still be ready for training camp." Charles, 30, has torn each of his ACLs and underwent two knee surgeries last November, one to trim his right meniscus and the other to clean out his left knee.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 5 - 5:43 PM

The Broncos are targeting training camp for Jamaal Charles’ (knee) return.

Speaking Tuesday, Vance Joseph said that Charles will solely rehab and get healthy during OTAs. He'll have to prove his health and explosion in camp to guarantee his spot on the 53-man roster. With zero guaranteed money on his one-year contract, the Broncos can walk away if Charles doesn't show enough.
May 23 - 2:42 PM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis puts Jamaal Charles' chances of making the Broncos' 53-man roster at "50-50."

Charles signed a no-guarantee, one-year, incentive-laden deal with Denver, so this absolutely makes sense. Charles is coming off multiple knee surgeries and setbacks and turns 31 later this year. If he can prove he's healthy, which is a big "if," then Charles won't have a problem cracking the Week 1 roster, but Denver has plenty of backfield options with C.J. Anderson coming back to health, Devontae Booker entering Year 2, and the selection of rookie De'Angelo Henderson. Charles is a mere late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
May 17 - 2:57 PM

Jamaal Charles' one-year deal with the Broncos has a $1 million base value.

Another $2.75 million is available in incentives, most related to whether or not Charles is active on Sundays. It's not a surprising deal for a 30-year-old back who has lost back-to-back seasons to knee injuries. The contract also appears to contain zero guaranteed money, meaning Charles will have to earn his roster spot on the practice field. He's no lock to contribute in 2017.
Source: NBC Denver
May 2 - 6:18 PM

Broncos agreed to terms with RB Jamaal Charles, formerly of the Chiefs, on a one-year contract.

Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth "up to" $3.75 million. One of the most unique runners in NFL history, Charles used to be guaranteed to average 5.0 yards per carry or better, but has been limited to eight games by knee issues over the past two years. He turned 30 in December. Charles is a high-upside flier for a backfield that badly needed reinforcements, but is a question mark for the time being. For now, C.J. Anderson should be considered the Broncos' starter. Everything could change if Charles flashes glimpses of his old self in camp. Charles is expected to miss most, if not all, of the offseason program.
May 2 - 5:23 PM

Free agent RB Jamaal Charles is visiting the Broncos on Tuesday.

It's only Charles' second visit of free agency. Fresh off striking out on early-round running backs in a deep draft at the position, the Broncos still need to add to their backfield. If healthy, Charles would be an excellent complement/back-up plan for C.J. Anderson. Charles recently posted video of a vigorous workout. He should find a new home sooner rather than later.
May 1 - 2:44 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Trevor Siemian
2Paxton Lynch
3Kyle Sloter
4Chad Kelly
RB1C.J. Anderson
2Jamaal Charles
3Devontae Booker
4De'Angelo Henderson
5Stevan Ridley
GLB1C.J. Anderson
2Devontae Booker
3RB1C.J. Anderson
2Jamaal Charles
FB1Andy Janovich
2Juwan Thompson
WR11Demaryius Thomas
2Jordan Taylor
3Cody Latimer
4Marlon Brown
5Isaiah McKenzie
WR21Emmanuel Sanders
2Bennie Fowler
3Carlos Henderson
4Hunter Sharp
5Kalif Raymond
WR31Bennie Fowler
TE1Virgil Green
2AJ Derby
3Jeff Heuerman
4Jake Butt
5Austin Traylor
LT1Ty Sambrailo
2Garett Bolles
3Elijah Wilkinson
LG1Max Garcia
2Allen Barbre
3Cameron Hunt
C1Matt Paradis
2Connor McGovern
3Dillon Day
RG1Ronald Leary
2Michael Schofield
3Billy Turner
4Cameron Hunt
RT1Menelik Watson
2Donald Stephenson
3Justin Murray
K1Brandon McManus