Jaguars sign RB Jamaal Charles to one-year deal

Annette Crawford
October 10, 2018

Fournette has missed three of Jacksonville's five games due to a hamstring injury. That's an untenable pace and the Jaguars had to add at least one running back they could trust this week, because first-year running back Brandon Wilds really struggled against the Chiefs.

A Jacksonville Jaguars helmet sits on the field before the start of the Jaguars and Washington Redskins game at FedExField on September 14, 2014 in Landover, Maryland. In nine seasons with Kansas City, Charles scored 64 total touchdowns in 103 games and was named to the Pro Bowl four times.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly adding some running back depth today, with starter Leonard Fournette injured and a backup, Corey Grant, likely out for the season with an injury. Charles tore his right ACL in October 2015 and was released by the Chiefs after he underwent multiple knee surgeries in 2016. He's working out. He averaged 4.3 yards per rush past year in Denver. Earlier on Tuesday the team had the former Denver Bronco in for a workout.

While at Arkansas, Williams was able to rack up 117 carries for 656 rushing yards (good for an average of 5.6) and eight touchdowns.

Hackett can use Charles as an inside runner as well as a receiver out of the backfield (308 catches, including 70 in 2013).

Running backs of Charles' caliber don't just lose it overnight. It will be interesting to see the workload division when Fournette returns, though when that will be remains unclear.

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