No. 51 Denver Broncos
|Date of birth:October 11, 1986|
|Place of birth: Fort Pierce, Florida|
|High school: Port St. Lucie (FL) West Centennial|
|College: Mississippi State|
|NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 7 / Pick: 220|
|Debuted in 2010 for the Philadelphia Eagles|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Jamar Antwon Chaney (born October 11, 1986) is an American football linebacker who currently plays for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi State.
Chaney attended St. Lucie West Centennial High School, in Port St. Lucie, Florida, where he starred as a linebacker and defensive end on defense and tight end on offense. His senior season was cut short to just six games by Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne, which both made direct hits near Port St. Lucie in September 2004. Chaney still managed to compile 65 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks, and added eight pass receptions for 150 yards and three touchdowns at tight end. In his junior year he tallied 120 tackles with six sacks, a school-record 22 tackles for loss and five caused fumbles. He set West Centennial's career record with 31 quarterback sacks.
Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Chaney was listed as the No. 29 outside linebacker prospect in the nation. He originally committed to the University of Georgia, but was denied admission because the Georgia admissions department thought his 1260 SAT score was far higher than someone with a 2.9 GPA should achieve. He was released from his scholarship and chose Mississippi State over Florida, among others.
As a true freshman at Mississippi State, Chaney played in all 11 games, earned three starting calls at weakside linebacker, and totalled 31 tackles on the season. By his sophomore year, he ranked at the top of the depth chart at WLB and played in all 12 games. He finished the 2006 season with 66 total tackles, including seven and one-half for loss (minus 27 yards), two and one-half of which were quarterback sacks (minus 17 yards).
For his junior campaign, Chaney was switched to the middle linebacker position, where he played all 13 games for the Bulldogs. He led the team with 89 total tackles, including three and one-half for loss (minus 5 yards). Chaney tied for 15th in the SEC in tackles per game (6.8) and earned Second Team All-SEC honors by the league’s coaches. In Mississippi State's 2008 season opener Chaney registered a team-best 12 tackles, his third career double-digit tackle performance, but suffered a leg injury on the next-to-last snap of the game. X-rays later confirmed a broken fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle, and he later received a medical redshirt for the season to regain his final season of eligibility.
Chaney was invited to participate in the 2010 Senior Bowl on January 30, 2010. In the game he made eight tackles and recovered a fumble, and was named the Defensive Player of the Game for the South team.
Chaney worked out in Miami, Florida with trainer Pete Bommarito to improve his speed in the 40-yard dash; at the NFL Combine he ran the distance in 4.54 seconds, the fastest among all linebackers. According to NFL draft analyst Chris Steuber, Chaney's experience playing outside earlier in his career could help him play on the strong side or as a 3-4 middle linebacker in the NFL.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0¾ in||242 lb||33½ in||9⅞ in||4.54 s||4.29 s||6.90 s||39 in||26 reps|
|All values from the NFL Combine|
Chaney was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round (220th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a four-year contract on June 4, 2010. After starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley suffered a disclocated elbow in the second quarter of a week 14 game against the Dallas Cowboys on December 12, Chaney filled in for him and led the team with seven tackles. Chaney made his first NFL start against the New York Giants, and he recorded 16 tackles, 12 of them being solo tackles. After his start, NFL analyst Brian Baldinger said Chaney was, "already one of the best middle linebackers in the league", and that he's "phenomenal in all phases of the game". On August 25, 2013, Chaney was released by the Eagles.
Chaney, along with seven other players, were signed to future contracts with the Denver Broncos on January 22, 2014.
- Rivals.com Outside linebackers 2005, January 20, 2005
- Redman, Bob (June 5, 2005), "Florida May Land Linebacker Jamar Chaney", GatorCountry.com
- "Miss. St.'s Chaney out for the season", Sporting News, September 1, 2008
- Low, Chris (August 14, 2009). "Blessing in disguise for Bulldogs' Chaney". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- Huguenin, Mike (August 14, 2009), "SEC primed to produce another BCS champ", Rivals.com
- Low, Chris (February 1, 2010). "Chaney wins Senior Bowl defensive honor". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- Miller, David (February 24, 2010), "Chaney, Dixon hope to impress at NFL Combine", The Dispatch
- "Jamar Chaney Draft Profile", NFL.com, retrieved March 4, 2010
- McPherson, Chris (June 4, 2010). "Three More Rookie Deals In Place For Eagles". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved 2010-06-04.
- Baldinger, Brian (December 23, 2010). "Four Downs: Chaney adds special element to Eagles". NFL.com. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
- McPherson, Chris (August 25, 2013). "Jamar Chaney Among Initial Cuts". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved August 25, 2013.