The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing running back Jamaal Charles as the injuries in the backfield continue to pile up, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jaguars signing RB Jamaal Charles, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2018
Lead running back Leonard Fournette has been limited to two games this season, as he continues to be hampered by a hamstring injury. Jacksonville also lost second-string RB Corey Grant for the season after suffering a Lisfranc injury in Sunday’s Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
A four-time Pro Bowler, the 31-year-old Charles provides depth and stability in the Jacksonville backfield. He’s been slowed by injuries in recent years, but Charles should be fresh after going unsigned throughout the entire 2018 offseason. He’s also playing behind one of the NFL’s elite offensive lines, so Charles has the opportunity to endure a resurgent season in 2018.
Jacksonville desperately needs a boost on offense, as quarterback Blake Bortles has had a couple of miserable outings after a crucial Week 2 victory over the New England Patriots. The ground game was Jacksonville’s bread and butter on offense last season, but that hasn’t been the case with all these injuries.
A backfield of Fournette, Charles and T.J. Yeldon should scare the rest of the AFC. Should this ground game get going again, the Jaguars offense will be fine, and they’ll return to the status of being a Super bowl contender for 2018.