Jamaal Charles shows off vintage form on touchdown run
The Denver Broncos may have lost to the Buffalo Bills in week three, but this run by Jamaal Charles is a great sign for the future…
The Kansas City Chiefs are 3-0 and loving life right now, but I can’t imagine their fan base loves seeing Jamaal Charles return to form with the Denver Broncos.
Charles has slowly but surely been working his way to a larger work load for the Broncos, and there was no better example of that than on Sunday versus the Buffalo Bills, when he ran the ball as effectively as he has in years.
It wasn’t that his snap count increased — Charles played 21 snaps and is averaging about 20-21 snaps per game through the first three weeks, but he showed off some of his vintage self on the Broncos’ lone touchdown drive of the game, which he capped off in style:
Ironically, this is the version of Jamaal Charles we as Denver Broncos fans used to hate seeing. Now, it’s a glorious sight to behold.
Charles signed with the Broncos this offseason for virtually nothing, betting on himself to earn his way to incentives and a larger salary based on performance.
So far, so good.
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Charles is doing what he has always done in three games — averaging over five yards per carry, and providing the Broncos with a big play threat out of the backfield.
He’s taking about a third of the offensive snaps at running back, and even though C.J. Anderson is the more effective pass blocker, the Broncos would be wise to perhaps split the carries up a little bit more between the two backs, and feature Charles more in the passing game.
Even at his age, Charles hasn’t lost the giddy-up that made him so successful in this league. He looks like his old self and has the type of explosiveness that can make this Broncos offense very dynamic if they are firing on all cylinders.
This is an encouraging sign for Charles, who has averaged 4.0, 5.1, and 6.2 yards per carry through the first three games. He’s getting stronger, more confident, and is clearly ready to be that piece that puts the Broncos’ offense over the top.