The Jaguars are in need of help at running back, and they’re considering two former Chiefs for support. Jamaal Charles and Charcandrick West will work out for the team on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com (on Twitter).
Starter Leonard Fournette has missed multiple games this year with a nagging hamstring issue and no one knows when he’ll be able to return. Meanwhile, backup running back Corey Grant has been ruled out for the year with a Lisfranc injury.
Charles made it through the 2017 campaign healthy — which was an accomplishment in and of itself — but aside from that, it was not an especially memorable season for the 31-year-old. The two-time All-Pro, who was one of the most exciting players in the league before being plagued by extensive knee trouble, racked up just 69 carries for the Broncos last year, and while he led all Denver ball-carriers with a 4.3 YPC average, he was a healthy scratch to close out the year and was frustrated with his lack of playing time. He was linked to the Redskins in August, but we haven’t heard his name mentioned in recent weeks.
The Chiefs released West earlier this year, and although he subsequently latched on with the Jets, he lasted less than a month in New York before getting cut again. The 27-year-old’s most productive campaign came in 2015, when he managed 160 carries for 634 yards and four touchdowns, but his rushing role with Kansas City had been greatly reduced in recent seasons. While he played more than 500 offensive snaps from 2016-17, West handled only 106 total carries, including just 18 last year. West worked out for the Bucs earlier this month, but left Tampa without a deal.
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