Jaguars sign Jamaal Charles amid injuries in the backfield

By Ryan Ward
Chiefs, Jamaal Charles

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been battered up in the backfield. Corey Grant suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury in his left foot in a Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In response to that, the Jaguars have decided on Tuesday to bring aboard former Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles on a one-year deal for the rest of the 2018 season, according to ESPN.

 

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The Jacksonville Jaguars, plagued by injuries at running back, have signed free agent Jamaal Charles to a one-year deal, the team announced Tuesday.

Charles has been on the open market throughout the entire offseason. This had extended into the regular season and he didn’t appear to have any possible landing spot to continue his career. He spent the 2017 season in a backup role with the Denver Broncos. There, he tallied 296 rushing yards on 63 attempts with a touchdown along with 23 receptions for 129 receiving yards.

 

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There is an opportunity for the 31-year-old to show he has plenty left in the tank to be an effective option out of the backfield. Charles had shown flashes of his previous Pro Bowl form in the 2017 season in stretches, but that never truly transpired into him garnering a significant role in the Broncos’ offense.

Although the Jaguars have added a proven talent to the mix, the team has made it clear that they plan to roll with T.J. Yeldon as the starter with Leonard Fournette out of the mix indefinitely with a hamstring injury. There should be enough carries for him to contribute from the get-go.