Denver Broncos Preseason: Focus Turn To Jamaal Charles
The focus turns to Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles in preseason number three when the Denver Broncos face the Green Bay Packers.
Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles looks to return to form in a long audition to impress the coaches. Charles has made it known he is the same person. The mindset of Charles is been steady and ready for the race agains the Green Bay Packers.
In an article outlined by Nick Kosmider in The Denver Post, Jamaal is poised for his first game action in over a year:
"“Every time I step on the field, it’s an opportunity to show people what I can do for me in the present and now in the future. I’m just going out there and playing ball. I’m just going out there to just do what I always do and let talent speak for itself.”Jamaal Charles"
Back on May 2, Broncos announced the signing of Charles to a one-year deal that can hit $3.75 million in incentives. Ideally, the Broncos would love a backfield of Charles, CJ Anderson, Devontae Booker and DeAngelo Henderson. There is one running back that makes tonight extra interesting against the Packers: Stevan Ridley.
Ridley entered the conversation the minute he first appeared at Broncos Training Camp. Both Ridley and Charles are the only people to record 1,000 yards in a season. Ridley is continuing to impress the coaches with vision, balance and power. However, if Charles shows explosiveness against the Packers it would be hard to cut him.
On top of that, head coach Vance Joseph made a shocking acknowledgement that Charles is playing at that level the past two weeks.
"“He’s looked explosive for about two or three weeks now. That hadn’t changed. He looks explosive right now.”Vance Joseph"
Furthermore, Charles’ ability to move with no constraints after the knee injury is the biggest point to monitor tonight. A player’s game by a box score tells a story, but in this case it goes beyond a stat-book. As described before, Charles sustained numerous injuries late in his Kanas City Chiefs career.
Charles does not seem worried about those prior injuries:
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"“I’m not even worrying about it. If it happens again, it happens. As I always believe, if it’s supposed to happen, it’s going to happen. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be, and right now I’m just going out there and playing freely.”Jamaal Charles"
During tonight’s game, the extent of the plan includes a heavy dose of Charles in third preseason game. That bodes well for players making the team, but all the Broncos running backs are playing well. Nothing is easy.
Meanwhile, fellow running back and potential starter, Anderson has one thing on his mind with Charles.
"“I just want to see, is it Jamaal? I’m just excited to see the same no. 25 that I grew up watching and then got a chance to play against when he was over there in Kansas City. Jamaal is a special player and we know that. The opportunity that he is going to get this weekend is going to be exciting.”CJ Anderson"
On the other hand, this is Trevor Siemian’s first start without the weight of the quarterback decision on his shoulders. But it is Jamaal Charles that sees himself overshadowing the quarterback in preseason game number three. The focus turns to Charles wearing Broncos orange for the first time in his career.
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