Broncos RB Devontae Booker practiced on Wednesday for the 1st time since undergoing wrist surgery in late July. It's unclear if he'll play against the Cowboys this weekend. When he does return, he figures to be 3rd on the depth chart behind C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles. Booker is worth monitoring but not worth rostering outside of super-deep fantasy leagues.
Update: HC Vance Joseph said after practice that Booker won't play on Sunday. He's likely targeting a Week 3 return.
Broncos RB Jamaal Charles flashed some vintage burst in his preseason debut on Saturday night. He rushed 4 times for 27 yards, including a 12-yard jaunt. Charles also caught 2 balls for 15 yards. All 6 of his touches came with QB Trevor Siemian and the starting offense, as Charles rotated with RB C.J. Anderson. RB De'Angelo Henderson played strictly with the 2nd-team. HC Vance Joseph said after the game that Charles' performance won him a spot on the team's 53-man roster. Frankly, it looks like he'll enter the season with a real role behind Anderson. Who knows how long Charles' body will hold up, but he's now an intriguing flier in the double-digit rounds of fantasy drafts.
Broncos RB Devontae Booker has been diagnosed with a fractured wrist. The injury reportedly occurred during OTAs in June but wasn't discovered until Booker had it looked at when he reported to training camp on Wednesday. Insider Mike Klis hears the injury might cost Booker the "first game or 2 of the regular season." Pro Football Talk has a similar timeline, with Booker out "up to 6-8 weeks." It's a tough break for a guy who seemed to be building momentum and making a push for the starting job. He's now a long shot to make a fantasy impact before October at the earliest. Booker's injury strengthens C.J. Anderson's grip on the lead role and removes 1 hurdle between Jamaal Charles and a return to fantasy relevance.
Broncos RB Jamaal Charles (knee) has been cleared for the start of training camp, HC Vance Joseph announced. Charles will "bounce among the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams," per Joseph, while C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker take more of the 1st-team reps. It sounds like Charles is 3rd on the depth chart for now. If he's healthy, though, he's capable of climbing to the top. He'll be 1 of the more interesting players to watch over the next few weeks.
Broncos RB Jamaal Charles says he feels like his repaired knees are all the way back. "I am doing everything," he told Troy Renck of TheDenverChannel.com. "I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts. I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again." There's certainly opportunity ahead of Charles if he's truly back, but we'll wait to see how he looks in training camp and the preseason. The Broncos clearly took a wait-and-see approach with their non-guaranteed, incentive-boosted contract.
Broncos RB Jamaal Charles took part in "light drills" with RBs coach Eric Studesville and the position group, according to The Denver Post. Charles still said he doesn't plan to do much at OTAs, and we'll need to see what Charles looks like in full action this summer. But it's a good sign for the veteran back that he's at least healthy enough for some level of participation in such early workouts.
The Broncos plan on deploying a RB-by-committee this season. “You need two or three guys that can carry the load," HC Vance Joseph said from OTAs on Monday. "It is no longer a one-guy position." Denver has built up some backfield depth this offseason by drafting De'Angelo Henderson and signing Jamaal Charles. They join returnees C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Anderson will head to training camp as the favorite for touches, but we'll be keeping an eye on how the work will be divvied. You can currently land Anderson in the 5th round of MFL10s, which feels like a fair price.
Broncos HC Vance Joseph said Friday that the team is targeting camp time for getting a full look at RB Jamaal Charles. "We're hoping to get Jamaal full speed by training camp," Joseph said, per ESPN.com. "He's going to obviously rehab and have time to get healthy the entire OTAs and the entire summer. So, our goal for Jamaal is to have him on the field during training camp." Don't overlook the fact that Charles still needs rehab time. The Chiefs said they released him after a failed physical, and Charles spent last year dealing with issues in both knees. Seattle also had him in for a visit but chose Eddie Lacy instead. If he does make it all the way back, there's opportunity to emerge as Denver's top back. But there's also a chance that Charles is done. It'll be an interesting summer.
The Broncos have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Jamaal Charles. Per insider Mike Klis, the contract has a base value of $900K. Charles can earn up to $3.75 million in game-day roster incentives. The 30-year-old missed all but 3 games last year after dealing with complications from his 2015 torn ACL. Charles also tore his ACL back in 2011. He’s reportedly 90% recovered from his latest surgery and has been cleared to practice. It remains completely unclear, though, exactly what he has left in the tank. We’ll be keeping a close eye on Charles this summer. If anywhere close to pre-injury form, he could push for Denver's lead job.
The Chiefs have released RB Jamaal Charles, saving $6.2 million against the 2017 cap. A fantasy stud from 2009-2014, Charles has appeared in just 8 games over the past 2 seasons. He tore his right ACL in 2015, struggled to get back on the field this year and then had surgery on the menisci in both knees in November. Charles turned 30 in December. If his knees are right, he shouldn't have trouble finding a job this offseason. But his days as a lead back are likely over.
The Chiefs have signed RB C.J. Spiller. He turns 30 in August and has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry over the last 3 seasons, so we wouldn't even consider him a lock to make the final roster -- let alone a fantasy impact. Perhaps the Spiller addition is a sign that Kansas City is looking to move on from RB Jamaal Charles, but that's just speculation on our part.
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles had another knee surgery on Monday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This one was to trim the meniscus in his left knee and came 12 days after he had his right meniscus trimmed. "This increases the chances of him being back for the playoffs or maybe, maybe real late December," Rapoport adds. Charles isn't even eligible to be activated from IR until Week 17, though, so he's not worth rostering in redraft fantasy leagues.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that there's a "shot" that Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) plays again this season. He underwent what was deemed "exploratory" surgery on Wednesday. Charles was placed on IR on Tuesday, though, so the earliest he could return would be Week 17. He's not worth stashing on any redraft rosters.
The Chiefs have placed RB Jamaal Charles (knee) on IR. His recovery from last year's torn ACL never seemed smooth, and he experienced a setback just 3 games into his return. He's expected to undergo another operation on the knee, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the nature of which is still unknown. The good news is that he'll have 10 months to recover before the start of the 2017 season. The bad news is that he'll be a 30-year-old RB with a history of knee trouble at that point. Charles' dynasty stock is sinking fast.
The Chiefs have signed RB Bishop Sankey off the Patriots' practice squad. They need a warm body in the backfield with Spencer Ware (concussion) and Jamaal Charles (knee) iffy for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. Sankey has been a colossal bust since being selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 draft, averaging 3.8 yards per carry with just 4 total TDs. He'll back up RB Charcandrick West if Ware and Charles are both out this weekend. Sankey isn't worth adding to fantasy rosters.
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