It's sort of odd to have to introduce a guy who has been with the team since 2007. To put that in perspective, only Colquitt, Hali, D. Johnson, and Weigmann predate him on the team.So he's a Chiefs veteran for sure. But even having been with the team so long, most of us don't know much about him. We all know who he is. Most of us could tell you he's a decent dowhill back. He's kind of ethnically ambiguous. He plays on ST a lot. He's had some good preseason reps. beyond that he's been a forgotten name on the depth chart. Like it or not, ready or not, he's our new starting* halfback. So, without further delay' I introduce you to Jackie Battle
Ewart Haron "Jackie" Battle III was born 1 Oct. 1983 in Houston Texas.(1.)
He's a big boy: 6'2 240lbs
And it doesn't slow him down. He posted a 4.42 40 at his college pro day
Speaking of college:
He attended the University of Houston, majoring in sports administration(future coach?). He was a sprinter as well(2.)
* Battle enrolled at Houston in 2002, turning down scholarship offers from Arizona, Syracuse and Texas A&M. He was granted a medical hardship in 2002 due to left knee surgery.
* In 2003, Battle started four of 11 games at tailback. He piled up 560 yards with nine touchdowns on 102 carries (5.5 avg) and was tackled behind the line of scrimmage only two times. He also had a 10-yard kickoff return and three catches for 27 yards, earning Game MVP honors at the Hawaii Bowl.
* Missed most of 2004-5 with knee and ankle injuries.
* in 2006 Battle produced 943 yards on 184 attempts (5.1 avg), including 15 touchdowns, as opposing defenses could stop him just twice behind the line of scrimmage.(4.)
* 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.(3.)
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As a pro prospect:
… Battle is a physical one-cut runner with excellent initial quickness. He gets most of his yardage by breaking tackles, and after being stopped just six times for losses on 441 carries it is evident that he is a load to bring down, especially in isolated coverage. He lacks hip snap to be effective bouncing outside and lacks the natural hands to even be marginal as a receiver, but with his athletic ability and work ethic he'll make a nice change-of-pace back while adding value to the short yardage and goal-line units.(4.)
Here's a decent video of him in college
Jackie Battle Highlights (via Irondoor84)
I'll post the full out scouting report after the main body of the post if you're interested.
Battle was not drafted, but signed with with the Cowboys soon after. He was soon cut and picked up by KC. Here are his statistics so far.
Favorite move is fight Club
Favorite meal is steak and potatoes
squat 445 and power clean 295.
Went to school with Chiefs LS Thomas Gafford. Of Battle he said “He was big... He would just run people over. Then he lost some weight and his 40 time was great. He’s always been fast, but when I saw him run I knew he would have a chance in the NFL.”(5.)
19 reps of 225
Prefers the one back set
got a 19 and a 34 on the wonderlic
On being an NFL back:
“I thought I was going to be a legit running back in the NFL,” Battle said. “It’s been a little longer road than I expected, but I think it’s paying off.”
You and us both, bro.
Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/05/3190028/chiefs-jackie-battle-starting.html#ixzz1bBnP3E1U
Positives: Has a well-developed frame with very thick legs, knotted calves, good upper body thickness with room to carry additional bulk, long arms and loose hips … Has had weight problems in the past, but showed renewed dedication to the training room before the 2006 season, evident by his stellar senior performance on the field … More of a north-south runner despite his quickness, but shows good explosion running between the tackles … Has very good strength and balance running through tight areas and shows the power to push the pile and gain valid yardage after the initial tackle due to his forward body lean … Unlike most taller backs, he is capable of sinking his pads and his low center of gravity allows him to consistently break single tackles … Dangerous inside runner with the stutter-step moves to break it open taking the ball up the middle … Durable workhorse with sturdy legs and exceptional upper body power … Reads the holes well and has the balance and ability to lower his shoulders, initiate contact and pump his feet to continue his forward charge … Moves suddenly on the ball's snap and shows no hesitation attacking the line of scrimmage … Runs with good leverage throughout the hole (only taken down six times behind the line of scrimmage on 441 carries) and has the feet to pick and slide through traffic … Shows no indecisiveness taking the ball through even the smallest of creases and is always moving forward rather than trying to dance through the holes … Runs with a short, choppy stride, but has adequate vision to accelerate when running between the tackles … Has the raw strength to break arm tackles, and defenders will have to execute a strong wrap-up technique to bring him down in isolated coverage … There is not much wiggle in his run, but he is an efficient linear runner with one good cut in him … Has quickness to bounce, but is more effective in a straight-line charge rather than taking to the ball to the outside … Does a good job of protecting the ball, as he runs hard and keeps the ball close to his body … Uses his blocks well and has the feet to put on that extra gear in the open … Tough face-up type of blocker who squares up with good strength and active hands to lock on and steer the opponent away from the pocket … Has more than enough strength to power his way up the middle … Has quick feet and efficient head-and-shoulder fakes to elude some second-level defenders … Constantly driving forward with his legs to gain extra yardage after initial contact … Makes sharp inside cuts and has that extra gear to vary his speed through the holes … Strong tackle breaker with the strength to punish opponents when trying to move the pile.
Negatives: Not an effective pass catcher, tending to let the ball absorb into his body rather than extend … Takes too many unnecessary hits running along the perimeter, as he tends to get high in his pads when asked to bounce outside (runs with a good pad level inside, but gathers himself for the cutback and lacks creativity when he gets caught in traffic) … More of a one-cut runner, lacking the loose hips to accelerate instantly off the edge … Marginal route runner who struggles to locate the ball over his outside shoulder and will let the ball into his body too often on short patterns … Best when operating as a straight-ahead power runner, as he lacks the vision you need when running in space and into the second level … Has great lower body strength, but needs to add more power to his upper body … Not much wiggle in his run, and even when running full speed it is rare to see him execute a variety of cut moves … Has had an array of minor injuries that bring up some durability issues (needs to play through pain better).
Compares To: TRAVIS HENRY-Denver … Battle is a physical one-cut runner with excellent initial quickness. Like Henry, he gets most of his yardage by breaking tackles, and after being stopped just six times for losses on 441 carries it is evident that he is a load to bring down, especially in isolated coverage. He lacks hip snap to be effective bouncing outside and lacks the natural hands to even be marginal as a receiver, but with his athletic ability and work ethic he'll make a nice change-of-pace back while adding value to the short yardage and goal-line units.