Ewart Haron "Jackie" Battle III[1][2] (born on October 1, 1983) is a former American football running back. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in 2007. He played college football at the University of Houston. Battle also played for the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, and Tennessee Titans.

Jackie Battle
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Battle with the Titans in 2014
No. 26, 44, 22
Position:Running back / Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1983-10-01) October 1, 1983 (age 36)
Houston, Texas
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school:Humble (TX)
College:Houston
Undrafted:2007
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl MVP (2003)
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:326
Rushing yards:1,177
Rushing touchdowns:9
Receptions:38
Receiving yards:248
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

 
Battle in high school as member of the Humble High School Wildcats.

Battle was born in Humble, Texas and started his football career as a youth playing football in the Humble Area Football League HAFL[permanent dead link]. Battle also attended Humble High School,[3] where he tallied 1,524 rushing yards and 20 total TDs. While at Humble he was twice selected 1st team All-District and was ranked by Rivals.com as the 38th best high school running back in America.[4]

College careerEdit

Battle, while majoring in Sports administration at Houston, redshirted as a true freshman in 2002.

Battle played in 11 games (no starts) as a redshirt freshman in 2003. He rushed 102 times for 560 yards with a team-leading nine touchdowns and caught three passes for 27 yards. Battle appeared in five games (one start) as a sophomore in 2004, carrying the ball 49 times for 209 yards with two touchdowns. Battle played in 12 games (three starts), totaling 106 carries for 408 yards with five touchdowns as a junior in 2005. Battle played in 13 games (seven starts) as a senior in 2006. That year, he compiled 184 carries for 943 yards with 15 touchdowns and two catches for 13 yards. His 15 rushing touchdowns were the highest single-season total in school history.

Battle tallied 19 carries for 124 yards with three touchdowns against Hawaii in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl to earn MVP honors.

Battle was selected to play fullback for the West in the 2007 East-West Shrine Game.[5]

Battle finished his collegiate career with 441 carries for 2,120 yards (4.8 avg.) and a school-record 31 rushing touchdowns. He also had six receptions for 45 yards.[6]

Professional careerEdit

2007 NFL CombineEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
235 lb
(107 kg)
4.42 s 1.52 s 2.55 s 4.11 s 6.54 s 41 in
(1.04 m)
10 ft 11 in
(3.33 m)
19 reps
All values from Central Florida Pro Day.[7]

Dallas CowboysEdit

Battle signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys after the 2007 NFL Draft. During the preseason, quarterback Brad Johnson fell on his ankle, causing a high ankle sprain. The injury cost him a spot on the final roster, and he was waived by the Cowboys on August 28.

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

 
Battle while with the Chiefs in 2010.

2007Edit

He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs to their practice squad on November 21, 2007. He was promoted to the active roster on December 12.

On December 23, Battle scored a touchdown in his first NFL carry in a 25-20 loss to the Detroit Lions.[8] A week later, on December 30, Battle set a career-high of 44 rushing yards on 13 carries in an OT loss to the New York Jets.[9] As a rookie, he finished with 47 yards on 14 carries.[10]

2008Edit

Battle was released by the Chiefs during the final roster cuts in 2008. Battle was then signed to the practice squad. Battle was made active again on November 1, 2008 to back up Kolby Smith, who was replacing the suspended Larry Johnson. He was cut and re-signed later that month. The only statistics he recorded in the 2008 season were two special teams tackles and a -2 yard reception on a screen pass against the Denver Broncos.

2009Edit

In a game against the Dallas Cowboys during week 5 of the 2009 NFL season, Battle suffered a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder while trying to bust a wedge during kick coverage. He underwent surgery and was put on injured reserve, ending his season. Ironically, Larry Johnson, who was at the time the only back ahead of Battle on the depth chart, left the team a mere three weeks later. Battle was re-signed to a 1-year contract the following off-season.

2010Edit

In the 2010 season, Battle came in behind a lot of depth. Jamaal Charles had had a breakout performance to end the 2009 season, and the Chiefs had also recently signed veteran Thomas Jones from the New York Jets, drafted rookie Dexter McCluster from Ole Miss. Battle dominated in the preseason, leading the Chiefs in rushing yards with 180 yards on 35 carries. However, he saw little action to start the regular season. Battle saw his first carries late in the fourth quarter of a week 3 game against the San Francisco 49ers. Later, Battle scored his second career touchdown in the 4th quarter of a 42-20 week 7 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars. The next week vs. the Buffalo Bills, Battle converted a key 3rd down run during a 13-10 overtime win.

2011Edit

In game 2 of the 2011 season, starter Jamaal Charles went-down with an ACL injury for the year, giving Battle more carries. He got two carries and a critical first-down late in the Chiefs' week 4 22-17 comeback win over the Minnesota Vikings, their first win of the season. He had a career day the next week, rushing for 119 yards on 19 carries, including a career-long 24-yard carry in a 28-24 comeback win over the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts jumped to a 17-0 lead, but the Chiefs' renewed rushing attack controlled the ball for a full 20:15 in the 2nd half, preventing the Colts from scoring in the final 30:09. In week 16 of the 2011 NFL season, Battle injured his foot during the Chiefs/Raiders game, which eventually would lead to a Chiefs loss and end their playoff hopes. Battle was placed on injured reserve, but would be the Chiefs leading rusher by the end of the season. Battle became a free agent after his contract expired.

 
Battle as a member of the Tennessee Titans in 2013

San Diego ChargersEdit

2012Edit

Battle signed with the San Diego Chargers to a one-year contract on July 20, 2012.[11] He started in Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had 15 carries for 39 yards with a team-high four catches for 42 yards.[12]

Tennessee TitansEdit

2013Edit

On July 24, 2013, Battle signed with the Tennessee Titans on a one-year contract.[13] He was fined $21,000 for lowering the crown of his helmet while running a route against the Houston Texans on September 20, 2013. He was the first running back in the league to fined under this newly implemented rule, however under further investigation, the fine was retracted. [14]

2014Edit

Battle re-signed with the Titans on a one-year deal on February 25, 2014.[15] It was announced that he would be learning the fullback position to provide competition to Collin Mooney.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ San Diego Chargers Sign RB Jackie Battle
  2. ^ "Player I.D. using birth name". ESPN Deportes. May 9, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2010.
  3. ^ "Jackie Battle #26". Kansas City Chiefs. Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Player Bio". Houston Cougars website. Retrieved November 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 2, 2010. Retrieved March 13, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Jackie Battle Career Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  7. ^ nfldraftscout.com
  8. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions - December 23rd, 2007". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Kansas City Chiefs at New York Jets - December 30th, 2007". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Jackie Battle 2007 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  11. ^ McIntyre, Brian (July 20, 2012). "San Diego Chargers add running back Jackie Battle". NFL.com. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  12. ^ Gehlken, Michael (October 1, 2012). "Chargers easing Ryan Mathews into action". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "Titans Sign Jackie Battle, DeMarco Cosby". TitansOnline.com. July 24, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  14. ^ Walker, Teresa (September 20, 2013). "Jackie Battle First RB Fined Under New NFL Hit Rule". TitansOnline.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin (February 25, 2014). "Jackie Battle to re-sign with Tennessee Titans". NFL.com. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  16. ^ "Titans' Battle learning fullback role". KSPR.com. May 29, 2014. Archived from the original on June 2, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2014.

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