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Stefan Charles
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Charles with the Buffalo Bills
Free agent
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1988-06-09) June 9, 1988 (age 31)
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:323 lb (147 kg)
Career information
High school:Eastdale CVI
(Oshawa, Ontario, Canada)
University:Regina
CFL draft:2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 10
Undrafted:2013
Career history
* Tennessee Titans ( 2013)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:60
Sacks:5.0
Forced fumbles:2
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Stefan Charles (born June 9, 1988)[1] is a Canadian professional American football defensive tackle that is currently a free agent of the National Football League (NFL). He played CIS football with the Regina Rams.[2] After the 2012 CIS season, he was ranked as the second best player in the Canadian Football League’s Amateur Scouting Bureau final rankings for players eligible in the 2013 CFL Draft, and first by players in Canadian Interuniversity Sport.[3]

College careerEdit

Charles played three seasons of CIS football with the Regina Rams. In 22 career games at Regina, he posted 19.5 tackles for losses, 9.5 sacks and 50 tackles. An injury to his hand caused him to miss much of his 4th season with the Rams. Prior to joining the Regina Rams, he was a member of the Metro Toronto Wildcats of the OVFL.

Professional careerEdit

CFL DraftEdit

Charles was ranked No. 1 overall in the Canadian Football League Scouting Bureau's September rankings heading into the 2013 CFL Draft.[4] He fell to 4th place in the December rankings.[5] Following the 2012 CIS season, Charles was invited to the 2013 CFL Evaluation Camp in late-March 2013. After a successful CFL Combine, Charles climbed to become the 2nd ranked Canadian football prospect heading into the 2013 Draft.[3] Charles was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 CFL Draft.

NFL DraftEdit

Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft Charles gained interest from the following teams; Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, and Atlanta Falcons.[6] He also participated in the regional NFL Combine in Dallas, in April 2013. Despite the interest, Charles was not drafted by any team in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tennessee TitansEdit

Following the draft, Charles signed with the Tennessee Titans on May 9, 2013.[7] He was waived on August 31, 2013 and was signed to the practice squad.[8][9]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On October 30, 2013, Charles was signed by the Buffalo Bills off the Titans' practice squad.[10]

During the 2015 season, he appeared in 13 games (one start) for the Bills, racking up 13 total tackles (nine solo), one sack and one forced fumble.

Detroit LionsEdit

On March 11, 2016, the Detroit Lions signed Charles to a one-year contract.[11] He was placed on injured reserve on December 28, 2016.[12]

Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

On March 11, 2017, Charles signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.[13] He was released on September 3, 2017.[14]

Kansas City ChiefsEdit

On January 3, 2018, Charles signed a one year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.[15] He was re-signed on March 19, 2018.[16] He was released on May 8, 2018,[17] but was re-signed two days later.[18] He was released again on September 1, 2018.[19]

San Antonio Commanders (AAF)Edit

On February 19, 2019, Charles signed with the San Antonio Commanders of the AAF. He was waived on March 12, 2019.

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On August 24, 2019, Charles was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Stefan Charles - 2010 Football
  2. Regina Rams profile
  3. 3.0 3.1 CFL Scouting Bureau releases April rankings
  4. September scout rankings Script error
  5. December scout rankings Script error
  6. Charles expected to be drafted by an NFL team
  7. "Titans Agree to Terms with 15 Undrafted Free Agents". May 9, 2013. https://www.titansonline.com/news/titans-agree-to-terms-with-15-undrafted-free-agents-10115229. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  8. "Titans Reach 53-Man Roster Limit". August 31, 2013. https://www.titansonline.com/news/titans-reach-53-man-roster-limit-11023670. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  9. "Titans Begin Practice Squad Additions". September 1, 2013. https://www.titansonline.com/news/titans-begin-practice-squad-additions-11029659. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  10. Brown, Chris (October 30, 2013). "Bills sign DT Stefan Charles". https://www.buffalobills.com/news/bills-sign-dt-stefan-charles-11675213. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  11. "Lions sign free agent DT Stefan Charles". March 10, 2016. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-sign-free-agent-dt-stefan-charles-16920699. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  12. "Lions sign CB Crezdon Butler and place DT Stefan Charles on Reserve/Injured". December 28, 2016. https://www.detroitlions.com/news/lions-sign-cb-crezdon-butler-and-place-dt-stefan-charles-on-reserve-inj-18349827.
  13. "Jaguars sign defensive tackle Stefan Charles as unrestricted free agent". March 11, 2017. https://www.jaguars.com/news/jaguars-sign-defensive-tackle-stefan-charles-as-unrestricted-free-agent-18644516.
  14. "Jaguars claim five players off waivers". September 3, 2017. https://web.archive.org/web/20171105151457/http://www.jaguars.com/news/article-JaguarsNews/Jaguars-claim-five-players-off-waivers/e47673c7-dd94-49ad-b822-483e832b4998.
  15. "Chiefs place CB Phillip Gaines on IR, sign DT Stefan Charles". January 3, 2018. http://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2018/01/03/chiefs-place-cb-phillip-gaines-on-ir-sign-dt-stefan-charles/.
  16. "Source: Chiefs re-sign Canadian defensive tackle Stefan Charles". https://montrealgazette.com/sports/football/nfl/source-chiefs-re-sign-canadian-defensive-tackle-stefan-charles/wcm/37b6c0e9-99e9-43e9-a1bb-53eb8ad04a2c.
  17. Williams, Charean (May 8, 2018). "Chiefs claim Alex Ellis off waivers, cut Akeem Hunt". https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/05/08/chiefs-claim-alex-ellis-off-waivers-cut-akeem-hunt/.
  18. Alper, Josh (May 10, 2018). "Chiefs bring back Stefan Charles". https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/05/10/chiefs-bring-back-stefan-charles/.
  19. "Chiefs Roster Down to NFL-Mandated 53". September 1, 2018. https://www.chiefs.com/news/chiefs-roster-down-to-nfl-mandated-53.
  20. McFadden, Will (August 24, 2019). "Falcons agree to terms with three players, including kicker Blair Walsh". https://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/falcons-agree-to-terms-with-three-players-including-kicker-blair-walsh.
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