Jamaal Charles is looking for a new team this offseason, and it's doubtful he will find work in a significant role after struggling with the Broncos in 2017. Charles, 31, looked washed up after dealing with knee issues the past few years. He only had one game with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league and ended up being a healthy scratch toward the end of the season. Keep an eye on if he signs with a new team, but Charles should not be drafted in the majority of leagues this year.
Charles is slated to visit with Washington on Sunday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. With Derrius Guice (knee) out for the season and both Samaje Perine (ankle) and Byron Marshall (lower leg) banged up, it's not surprising that Washington is looking to add some backfield depth. Charles has name recognition, but it's not clear what he has left in the tank. If he does end up signing with Washington, we wouldn't expect him to land a large role, at least initially, but the 31-year-old could provide the team with an additional change-of-pace option.
Charles is visiting the Saints on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. With starting tailback Mark Ingram suspended for the first four games of the regular season, the Saints are looking at potential veteran options to work alongside breakout star Alvin Kamara. Charles is certainly on the down slope of what has been a successful NFL career, but he still could offer some productivity in a limited capacity. He appeared in 14 games with the Broncos last season and rushed for 296 yards on 69 carries.
Charles finished up 2017 with 296 yards and a touchdown on 69 carries and 129 yards on 23 catches. He fumbled twice on the season. The Broncos never really seemed to have a sound plan for the shifty veteran, who ended up with a team-leading 4.3 yards per carry. He had 10 touches in each of the team's first three games, and then never cracked double digits again and didn't record a carry after Week 13's loss in Miami. It well could have been a situation of too many cooks in the kitchen as Denver tried to ride C.J. Anderson, develop Devontae Booker, and feature Charles all at the same time. By season's end, it was Charles who was forced out of the equation. It was an imperfect year with his boyhood team, and if Charles plays again in 2018 it will almost certainly be outside of Denver.
Charles (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports. Rather than allowing Charles to suit up for a matchup with his former team, the Broncos will instead hold him out for the second straight game as head coach Vance Joseph clears the way for rookie De'Angelo Henderson to dress as the No. 3 running back. Charles was able to steer clear of the injury woes that plagued him in the past this season and averaged a respectable 4.3 yards per carry across 14 games in a part-time role with Denver. He'll be a free agent this offseason and will likely explore his options elsewhere after expressing disappointment with Denver's decision to make him inactive for the final two contests.
Charles (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Redskins, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports. With appearances in each of the Broncos' prior 14 games this season, Charles has avoided the injury issues that had plagued him during his final two years in Kansas City. However, the veteran will be sidelined for the first time this season Sunday with the Broncos wanting to take a longer look at rookie sixth-round pick De'Angelo Henderson in the backfield. Since Charles signed a one-year deal with the Broncos this offseason and is bound for free agency after the campaign ends, it makes sense for Denver to give Henderson a glimpse to see if he's worthy of a more sizable role in 2018.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/02||Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
|5||10/07||@New York Jets||24||18.50|
|6||10/14||Los Angeles Rams||27||19.00|
|8||10/28||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||17.76|
|11||11/18||@Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
|14||12/09||@San Francisco 49ers||19||17.75|
|17||12/30||Los Angeles Chargers||23||18.38|
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|3 Year Avg||51||233||2||15||107||0||43|