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Jamaal Charles | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 199
College: Texas
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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. Aug 28 - 9:55 PM

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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.
Aug 21 - 10:30 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.
Aug 4 - 5:24 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.
Jun 14 - 3:54 PM

Jamaal Charles said he wants to play another six seasons.

It's an unrealistic goal for Charles, who already has 1,511 NFL touches on his resume at age 28. But at least we know he's feeling healthy after ankle, knee and hamstring issues plagued him in 2014. The Chiefs also traded for LG Ben Grubbs and drafted potential starting center Mitch Morse in the second round, offsetting the loss of Rodney Hudson. Charles is a top-six fantasy back once again.
May 28 - 11:16 AM

Jamaal Charles said he wants the Chiefs to upgrade the offensive line in the draft.

Charles, who lost stud center Rodney Hudson in free agency, channeled his inner Chris Johnson with these quotes. "It was challenging last year playing with guys — some got hurt, some got suspended. So it was hard playing. I never knew how crucial it was to my career that I needed linemen." Despite the struggles of the line, Charles still averaged 5.01 YPC and finished as fantasy's No. 7 overall running back. He'll be an elite producer even if the Chiefs' hogs project to struggle once again.
Apr 20 - 7:52 AM

Jamaal Charles says he's healthy after battling a host of minor ailments in 2014.

Charles missed just one game but was slowed by ankle, knee and hamstring issues. "I was frustrated more last season than I’ve ever been because of all of those injuries," he admitted. "I was frustrated because I didn’t feel my body was right the whole season." Despite the frustration and injuries, Charles averaged 5.0 yards per carry. Headed into his age-28 season, Charles has racked up 1,511 career touches, but there's little reason to believe he'll cease being a top-shelf RB1.
Apr 14 - 1:50 PM

Jamaal Charles had 13 carries for 54 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win over the Chargers.

Charles came into the game questionable with ankle and hamstring injuries. The Chiefs gave him just 14 touches and rested him late in the fourth quarter. Charles still managed to go over 1,000 yards for the fifth consecutive season. He also had 291 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns this year. Charles will remain a top-five fantasy running back in 2015.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Jamaal Charles (ankle, hamstring) is active for Week 17 against the Chargers.

Charles was listed as questionable, but practiced throughout the week. He should be locked into a heavy workload with Chase Daniel starting. The Chiefs inactives are QB Alex Smith, WR Donnie Avery, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Marcus Cooper, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, and DL Nick Williams.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Jamaal Charles (ankle, hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

He was limited in practice each day this week. Slowing down over the course of the season, Charles has finished on a disappointing note from a fantasy perspective. The Chiefs need a win against the Chargers to have a shot at the playoffs, however, and Charles almost certainly will play. You can see where Patrick Daugherty has Charles ranked among Week 17 running backs at the link below.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Jamaal Charles (hamstring, ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice.

The Chiefs are just resting Charles ahead of Sunday's must-win finale against the Chargers. He'll be ready to rock for his normal role.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 06:17:00 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed nine times for 29 yards in the Chiefs' Week 16 loss to the Steelers, adding five receptions for 48 additional yards.

Charles also lost a fumble. With everything on the line for his team, coach Andy Reid gave Charles just 14 touches in a game where Alex Smith chucked up 45 passes. It was another extremely disappointing game plan as the Chiefs lost for the fourth time in five games. Charles' fumble was a dubious call, as replay appeared to show his knee touching down before the ball came out. Charles and the Chiefs will square off with the Chargers in Week 17, where they'll need a victory to have any shot at the postseason.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:48:00 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) was upgraded to "full" on Thursday.

Charles is banged up, but he's proven effective at playing through minor injuries. He's locked in as a top-three RB1 against the Steelers' soft defense. Coach Andy Reid often loses the plot, but we expect him to feed Charles in a game the Chiefs have to win.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:59:00 PM

Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) was limited Wednesday.

The Chiefs removed Charles late in Sunday's win over the Raiders, but he's expected to play through his knee and ankle injuries. Charles is a high-end RB1 for Week 16 against the Steelers.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 06:03:00 PM

Jamaal Charles expressed frustration with the coaches coddling him in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Charles admitted his knee and ankle bothered him slightly during the game, but nothing that he couldn't play very effectively through. He seemed most frustrated by the coaches yanking him after a big collision near the goal-line. Knile Davis scored on the very next play. "I wanted to play the game. These injuries this year have been killing me this year. It's part of the game but I've got to get over it," said Charles, who finished with 12 carries for 52 yards.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 09:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
4Tyler Bray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Charcandrick West
4Darrin Reaves
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
FB1Anthony Sherman
2Spencer Ware
WR11Jeremy Maclin
2Jason Avant
3Frankie Hammond
4Da'Ron Brown
5Donatella Luckett
WR21Albert Wilson
2De'Anthony Thomas
3Chris Conley
4Junior Hemingway
5Fred Williams
WR31Jason Avant
TE1Travis Kelce
2James O'Shaughnessy
3Richard Gordon
4Demetrius Harris
5Ryan Taylor
K1Cairo Santos