QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 weeks ago

Charles (knees) remains on track to be back on the field for the start of training camp, the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Until then, ESPN's Jeff Legwold relays that the veteran running back won't participate in team drills during the Broncos' offseason program, as he rebounds from last season's knee woes. The expectation is that Charles will enter the team drill fray at some point during training camp, at which time he'll ease into the team's backfield mix. How Charles looks at that stage of the summer will go a long way toward deciding what his workload this coming season might be, but he's presumably not being counted on to seize a high-volume role, at least immediately, with C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker and rookie De'Angelo Henderson also on hand.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
3 weeks ago

Charles (knee) practiced in a helmet and took part in position drills, both for the first time, at Monday's OTA, Ben Swanson of the Broncos' official site reports. "[Charles has] made great progress as far as his rehab," head coach Vance Joseph said after practice. "[When] he came here his quad was really weak, and now it's gotten stronger. He's running hills, he's with [running backs coach] Eric [Studesville] on a couple individual drills. So he's closer, but his time frame won't change. He'll still be ready for training camp for us."

EDGE Analysis

Prior to Monday, Charles had been learning offensive coordinator Mike McCoy's offense from the sidelines. Notably, the running back reported that in addition to getting work as a running back, McCoy is also drawing up plays with Charles lined up at wide receiver. Considering the versatile running back already proved his mettle as a pass catcher during his time in Kansas City, having accumulated 285 receptions and 2,457 receiving yards across nine seasons, Charles should be up to the task. This report would seem to represent a slight boost to his fantasy stock because having him split out wide potentially allows Denver to get both Charles and one of C.J. Anderson or Devontae Booker on the field at the same time.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
1 month ago

Charles (knee) is not participating in drills during the Broncos' OTAs, Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles' sights remain set on a full return at training camp, but for now he'll be forced to watch his fellow running backs from the sidleline at OTAs. Knee injuries have plagued Charles' production throughout the past two seasons, so he'll need to prove that he's not too beat up at this point in his career. Devontae Booker and rookie De'Angelo Henderson will also battle the veteran for touches behind C.J. Anderson.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago2 Comments

Charles (knee), who signed with the Broncos on Tuesday, is still only considered to be 90 percent recovered from his most recent surgery, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though he'll joins his new teammates Monday, the veteran running back probably won't be cleared to practice any earlier than June minicamp or the start of training camp. Complications from a 2015 torn ACL limited Charles to only three games and 14 touches last season, with both knees requiring arthroscopic surgery along the way. His contract with the Broncos suggests he'll need to re-prove himself to earn a role in the offense, as his $900,000 base salary represents the minimum for players with nine years of service time. The deal is worth up to $3.75 million, but most of that comes in the form of incentives and roster bonuses. If he doesn't appear to have anything left, the Broncos could release him before Week 1 without taking much of a financial hit. Charles will compete for a spot in a backfield that figures to be led by C.J. Anderson, with 2016 fourth-round selection Devontae Booker and 2017 sixth-round selection De'Angelo Henderson also in the mix for playing time.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago

Charles (knee) agreed to terms with the Broncos on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The running back's one-year deal is worth up to $3.75 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

EDGE Analysis

When healthy, Charles has been a dynamic and productive NFL running back, but after back-to-back injury-plagued seasons, the 30-year-old needs to demonstrate that multiple knee issues haven't robbed him of his explosiveness. The former Kansas City offensive cornerstone enters a Denver backfield that also includes C.J. Anderson, with some sort of committee arrangement a likely scenario to start the coming season. At this stage of his career, we'd expect Charles' workload to be monitored, in any case, but it's worth nothing that he does carry a career 5.5 yards per rush average heading into the 2017 campaign, though only 12 of his 1,332 lifetime totes occurred last year.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago

Charles (knee) is scheduled to visit with the Broncos on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Charles' meeting with the Broncos comes after he was released in March following a nine-year stint to begin his career with the division-rival Chiefs. Of course, Charles is coming off arthroscopic procedures on both his knees last season, making him a shadow of his former All-Pro self. In fact, in the wake of a torn right ACL restricting him to just five games in 2015, Charles appeared in merely three contests last term. Although the 30-year-old was recently reported to be close to 100 percent healthy, any potential suitor, like Denver, will likely require him to pass a physical before signing him. Whether Charles' condition is good enough for the Broncos' team doctors may determine whether he's added to a backfield that could use help behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
2 months ago

Charles (knee) is approaching 100 percent in his recovery, per a video released by his agent Monday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In the video, Charles is seen performing agility drills ably, planting and cutting on both of his surgically-repaired knees. Among his battery of ailments last season, the most serious was a torn meniscus in the right knee, which was notably not encased in a brace during the aforementioned workout. It remains to be seen where Charles will land as a free agent, but the veteran RB appears to be ready, if called upon by an interested organization.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
3 months ago

Charles (knee) could be an option for the Packers, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Ty Montgomery still under contract for two more seasons, Green Bay has understandably been connected with powerful early-down runners -- namely LeGarrette Blount and Adrian Peterson. The team might still consider Charles if the price is right, as he could potentially contribute in a committee featuring Montgomery and Christine Michael (or a draft pick). Fellow free agent Tim Hightower would probably be a better fit, offering a middle ground between early-down runner and pass-catching specialist. Charles may merely be the latter at this stage of his career, with injuries to both knees likely robbing him of his once-elite speed and explosiveness. He's expected to take his time finding a new team, perhaps hoping to regain some of that explosiveness before he signs.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
3 months ago

As expected, Charles (knee) finished his visit to Seattle without signing a contract, The Seattle Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The visit was never expected to result in an immediate contract, with the Seahawks merely hoping to gather information for a potential signing down the road. The 30-year-old has planned on taking other visits all along, perhaps hoping his stock will go up as his physical condition improves. Charles might opt to remain on the open market until July or August, at which point his knee likely will be in better shape and teams will start to lose running backs to injury. A few reports have suggested his knee is technically considered healthy, but it remains enough of a concern that the Chiefs were able to release him March 1 with a failed physical designation. Regardless of where he lands, Charles presumably will have to settle for a complementary role.

QJamaal Charles
RB DEN (5)
3 months ago

Charles (knee) is expected to visit with the Seahawks, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Adrian Peterson (knee/groin) and Latavius Murray also expected to visit Seattle, there's little question the reigning NFC West champions are in the market for a veteran running back. Charles was released by the Chiefs on March 1 with a failed physical designation, but he still hopes to be at 100 percent for the start of OTAs in mid-to-late April. The 30-year-old had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last season.