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Is Jamaal Charles Jaguars solution at backup running back?

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Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Desperate for running back depth in health, the Jaguars and former Chiefs star in the backfield, Jamaal Charles, maybe a perfect marriage.

Reports Tuesday morning are that the Jags are working out Charles today in North Florida:

The former third-round pick of the Chiefs is a two-time All-Pro in his previous 10 seasons. However, he has battled knee injuries including, two ACL tears in his NFL career.

Charles was most recently a Denver Bronco a year ago (above), but carried the ball only 69 times in 14 games during a dismal Denver season.

Charles, who will be 32 later this season, has not been in an NFL training camp or with a team to start the year. He has been working out on his own, and waiting for an opportunity. Charles attended the Texas-Oklahoma game Saturday in Dallas rooting on his Longhorns from the sideline.

With Leonard Fournette out of action with his injured hamstring that has kept him out of three of the last four games and will likely keep him out of the Dallas game this week, the Jaguars are in dire straits for running back help.

Veteran T.J. Yeldon was on the field for more than 85% of their plays on Sunday. And while he’s done a decent job carrying the football, he’s not an explosive game-changing back. And most importantly, Yeldon needs a break every now and then from a veteran that can be counted on.

Back to Charles’s knee injuries, he suffered a torn ACL in the left knee in 2011, but came back strong after that to have a 1,500 yard rushing season for Kansas City in 2012. However, in 2015 he tore the ACL in his right knee in a week five game against the Bears and was placed on injured reserve.

Charles was not fully recovered from the ACL until the start of the 2016 season and played in only three games for the Chiefs that year. He ended up having an injured meniscus, as well and was placed on injured reserve again in November of 2016.

He signed a one-year 3.75 million contract with the Broncos for last year but platooned on a bad Denver team. And, the Broncos chose not to re-sign him.

UPDATE: The Jaguars must have been impressed in the workout. Charles has agreed to a one year deal:

It’s likely that Charles will be active for the Jaguars game at AT&T Stadium Sunday afternoon.

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