Charles was playing at an elite RB1 pace prior to tearing his ACL in Week 5. Our injury expert, Russell Manalastas, predicts that Charles will be limited in camp and good to go for Week 1, and that his recovery is an opportunity to get him at a discount. The Chiefs found solid contributors in Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware (recommended handcuff and attrition play), so Andy Reid could elect to reduce his workload in an effort to keep him healthy. So far, it looks like Charles is on track to play in Week 1.
The Chiefs announced Tuesday morning that they were removing Charles from the PUP list and that he would begin practicing on a limited basis.
Charles, who is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, last played for the Chiefs during Week 5 last season in a game against the Chicago Bears. Charles tore the ACL in his right knee during the game and has been working his way back to the Chiefs lineup ever since. You can expect the Chiefs to take it slow with Charles. Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West proved to be more than capable backs, so it's not out of the question the team reduces Charles' workload once the season starts. Still, he's sixth on our RB list and looks to be a solid, second round target in drafts.
Running back Knile Davis on Monday had perhaps his best practice session since joining the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. Davis caught a number of passes, including one when he came out of the backfield and got down the right sideline to haul in a deep throw from Tyler Bray.
Davis received those opportunities because the Chiefs’ regular featured back, Jamaal Charles, continues to rehab his surgically repaired knee and has yet to practice at training camp. Charles’ absence is giving Davis and the other backs a chance to shine, and it’s also giving the Chiefs a chance to better learn their various strengths and weaknesses.
It sounds like Davis is improving as a pass catcher and blocker. That's one of the reasons why Davis was quickly passed on the depth chart last year when Charles went down as Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware took over a majority of the work. While the fantasy situation may be cloudy with three pretty good backs behind Charles, it's safe to say the Chiefs are in good hands should Charles remain out for a while.
The Kansas City Chiefs indicated early in the offseason that with no setbacks, Jamaal Charles would be ready to participate when training camp started. Charles returned to practice on a limited basis late in the offseason, and even last week on his blog wrote "everything is going according to schedule" with regard to his rehab from a torn ACL.
That's why news that Charles won't be practicing on Saturday when the Chiefs begin full squad camp was surprising. Everything had been building for the return of the Chiefs' best offensive player, a boost Kansas City badly needs.
The story said that Charles' return is on hold indefinitely, though coach Andy Reid sounded as if he expected Charles to be practicing sooner rather than later. While that's good news, it's something to monitor if you own, or plan to own, Charles this fantasy season. An earlier report from today indicated Spencer Ware would see a big part of Charles' reps. Charcandrick West would factor in as well.
The Kansas City Chiefs will be without another veteran to start training camp.
The team placed running back Jamaal Charles on the physically unable to perform list for the start of workouts.
Charles suffered an ACL tear in October and underwent his second knee surgery in the past four years. Turning 30 in December, the Chiefs won't rush Charles back about nine months after going under the knife.
When the Chiefs closed their offseason workouts last month, running back Jamaal Charles was on the field doing individual work but coach Andy Reid wasn’t making any promises about his participation level when training camp opens.
Reid said the team was optimistic about what Charles would be able to do once it did get underway, but that there was no rush to have him back to a full workload after last year’s torn ACL. That’s a prudent approach, although it may not be one they have to employ for too long.
Charles posted a video from one of his rehab sessions late last week that showed him making lateral moves while making his way through a set of drills with an agility ladder.
As we all know, this isn't the only time Charles has had to come back from a torn ACL. As the the story pointed out, don't be surprised if Charles has a quiet camp as the team takes a cautious approach, getting him ready for the start of the season. Also, don't be shocked if Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware continue to get work once the regular season starts. Charles dips a little from where we're used to seeing him in our rankings, coming in seventh among RBs.
The Chiefs’ three-day mandatory minicamp starts Tuesday, and it appears a few notable injured players — including star running back Jamaal Charles — might take part in on-field drills for the first time this offseason.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Charles, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and receiver Mike Williams, who is battling a strained hamstring, could make their first on-field appearance of organized team activities.
“What you might see if them doing drills,” Reid said.
Both players could spotted running and jumping around cones over a 25-yard period during Friday’s practice, which was another first of the offseason.
Charles was playing at an elite RB1 pace prior to tearing his ACL in Week 5. Our injury expert, Russell Manalastas, predicts that Charles will be limited in camp and good to go for Week 1, and that his recovery is an opportunity to get him at a discount. The Chiefs found solid contributors in Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, so Andy Reid could elect to reduce his workload in an effort to keep him healthy.
Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder also gave injury updates on a number of players Tuesday afternoon.
Running back Jamaal Charles and cornerback Phillip Gaines each underwent ACL surgery early last season. Both are doing “great,” and both are training at the team’s facility and will get some limited work during organized team activities and minicamps in May and June.
Charles tore his ACL in mid-October, so he will be nine months into his recovery in mid-August. Historically, it takes a year to fully recover from a torn ACL, but that timeframe has been decreasing in recent years.
When asked Wednesday why Knile Davis didn’t receive a similar workload to last year with Jamaal Charles out of the mix, Chiefs coach Andy Reid acknowledged that while Davis did have three productive games with Charles out a year ago, Charcandrick West is a better fit for what the offense is currently doing.
“The things that we’ve been doing, we feel pretty good with what Charcandrick (West) is doing and Knile working in on some other things,” Reid said. “So we’re not down on Knile by any means. That’s not where we’re at with it. Just with some of the things we’re doing right now, Charcandrick kind of fits that.”
The Charcandrick Era did not get off to a very good start -- he was benched late after fumbling -- but it sounds as if the Chiefs will continue to use him as the lead back.
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (groin, neck) took full practice reps again Thursday. Kelce should be fine to play in Week 6. There’s a chance the team features him more in the offense with Jamaal Charles done for the year.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:20pm
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (groin, neck) practiced fully Wednesday. Kelce should be fine to play in Week 6. There’s a chance the team features him more in the offense with Jamaal Charles done for the year.
That they went with an in-house option, Spencer Ware, to replace the injured Jamaal Charles on their roster, would seem to speak well for Ware and their other backs, Charcandrick West and Knile Davis. Ware, who played for the Chiefs in training camp and the preseason, had been on their practice squad.
Most outlets say it's West who passed Davis on the depth chart as the team's RB2. Andy Reid went as far as saying West has a similar skill set to Charles while Davis is a one-cut runner. Davis has had success filling in for Charles in the past, but right now it seems like West is the back to own. However don't be surprised if Davis gets some work as well.
Charcandrick West filled in for Charles on Sunday and looks like he's passed Knile Davis on the depth chart. West only carried seven times for 31 yards. Davis should also be expected to contribute, but since entering the league in 2013, Davis has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry, the story said. The Chiefs could also opt to get De'Anthony Thomas involved in the running game. It's seems to be a pretty fluid situation when not all that long ago Davis was the clear handcuff for Charles. The Chiefs were also linked to workouts with Pierre Thomas and Ben Tate. Senior Editor John Paulsen believes West will be the lead back and receive 50-55% of the touches. He recommends a large waiver wire bid for those owners in FAAB leagues.
The injury is bad news for the Chiefs, but it might be even worse news for Charles. This is the second time since 2011 that Charles has suffered a torn ACL. But, after tearing his ACL in 2011, Charles rebounded by rushing for over 1,500 yards in 2012. In his five games played in 2015, Charles averaged more than 5 yards per carry.
Monday, October 12, 2015, 1:40pm
The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Tate is a former second-round draft pick of the Houston Texans. He rushed for a career-high 942 yards as a rookie in 2011 and rushed for 771 yards in 2013.
If he works out well, Tate could help the Chiefs. The untested Charcandrick West is first in line as the replacement for Charles, who tore the ACL in his right knee in Sunday's loss to the Chicago Bears.
The initial diagnosis was made after preliminary tests were performed on Charles' knee after he left the game. The Chiefs will know more about the injury once he undergoes an MRI.
Charles went to the ground grabbing his right leg after a non-contact injury before being helped off the field. He was cutting when his right knee appeared to buckle.
Charles had 58 yards on 12 totes and had a beautiful 26-yard reception, during which he put on a jaw-dropping, stop-and-start move to burn a defender.
Ironically, we just had a news item this past week about the Chiefs RB2. In Charles' absence, the Chiefs relied on Charcandrick West. Knile Davis, who hasn't played an offensive snap in two weeks, helped shoulder the load, but it wasn't enough to beat the Bears in Week 5. West could be the back to own going forward if Charles is out, but Davis could end up with some work as well and has proved in the past he can carry the load. At least right now, it doesn't appear to be all that clear-cut of a situation.
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