Jamaal Charles used to be a name that opposing defenses feared. He used to be a name that made opposing defensive coordinators lose sleep over the week before playing him. Charles used to be a superstar, but injuries took that away from him over the past few seasons.
During his tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs, there were very few running backs as good as Charles was. He was one of the most electric playmakers that an NFL backfield has seen in a long time. Now, he will look to revive his career with the Denver Broncos on a very incentive oriented contract.
Charles signed a one-year deal with the Broncos this offseason and couldn’t be more excited for a chance to prove himself. He will have to compete with C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker for carries, but his skill-set is unique, and he will find ways to get on the field. Denver will also likely utilize him as a receiver out of the backfield to help out either Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch, whoever ends up starting at quarterback.
Last season with the Chiefs, Charles played in just three games. In those three games, he carried the football 12 times for 40 yards and a touchdown. Back in 2014, which was his last mostly healthy season, Charles racked up 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns on 206 carries.
At 30-years-old, there are not very many expectations for Charles this season. That being said, he will revitalize his career and will show off the playmaking skills that made him a household name.
Denver runs the perfect offense for Charles to thrive in. They have a high-powered aerial attack, which opens up the run game well. Assuming Charles does earn a role in the Broncos’ offense, he will have plenty of opportunities to get the football in the open field.
Playing alongside either Siemian or Lynch is ideal for Charles as well. Neither quarterback will overpower a defense, and the Broncos will always use a balanced offensive attack. While Charles won’t get the 250 carries throughout the course of the season that he once did, he will have plenty of opportunities to make big plays with the carries he does receive.
Obviously, no one can guarantee how any player will perform in a given season. That being said, Charles knows this could be his last chance to earn an NFL roster spot moving forward.
Charles didn’t get to where he was without hard work and dedication. He didn’t get to where he was by not putting up big numbers.
There is a chance that Charles will end up failing in this opportunity and won’t even work his way onto the field. He might never play a serious role again. However, betting on the work ethic and talent that he possesses, Charles is poised to shock a lot of media members and general football fans this season.
All of that being said, it will be a very intriguing situation to keep an eye on throughout training camp and preseason action. Charles will get his touches in preseason games and will be given opportunities to prove that he deserves a role. If he can be a breakout star in preseason play, perhaps he will open some eyes.
Expect to see Charles come out this season looking to prove a point. He cannot afford to let this opportunity go to waste, especially after the lack of interest he already received in free agency. Denver is giving him a chance and don’t be surprised if he steps up and proves the Broncos right for taking a flier on him.
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