Jamaal Charles preparing for emotional return to Kansas City

CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Jamaal Charles
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 22: Jamaal Charles /

Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles is preparing for an emotional return to the city and stadium where he established himself as one of the great running backs in the history of the NFL.

A stadium where, many times, he blew by Denver Broncos defenders with his track star speed.

It’s also a city filled with memories good and bad, and you can bet that when Charles is (rightfully) recognized by the Chiefs this weekend, he will be emotional. It may not quite be to this degree, however:

I have no idea what came over Knowshon Moreno on that day in Kansas City, but we know the history of Charles and Kansas City will come flooding through his memory as he has a few moments to take everything in on Monday night.

"“I probably will (be emotional). It’s good to let people cry sometimes, you know how it is. At the end of the day, I’m just out there and playing football. That’s my main focus right now, to win and hopefully go 3-1 in the division. That’s the goal right now.”Jamaal Charles (quotes via Broncos PR)"

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Hopefully, that emotion translates to a big game on the field for Charles, who has a chance to — as he stated — help his new team to a 3-1 division record, which would be huge given the way this team has played since starting 2-0.

Charles is due an increase in reps, and many feel like there’s no better game for him to be showcased than this one, not just because it’s against the Chiefs, but because the matchup dictates it, and Charles is ready health-wise.

As Charles put it, it’s time to get the ‘training wheels off’ and put him to work. One of the Broncos’ best big play threats so far this season, the game last weekend against Los Angeles was really the first time all year that Charles had been held in check when targeted in the passing game or given the ball as a running back.

Otherwise, he’s increased his yards per touch in every game this season.

Hopefully with Charles leading the charge, the Broncos can come up with an emotional win on the road in Kansas City, rekindling their hopes for this season in the process.