Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph thinks the team is incredibly close to seeing running back Jamaal Charles show his real value.
“Jamaal Charles looks more explosive each and every week,” Joseph said, per Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post. “He’s close to making some big plays for us. That’s been fun to watch.”
Charles went down with a torn ACL in his right knee back in 2015. He tried to come back for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, but he got into just a handful of games, carrying the ball 12 times for 40 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs decided to move on without him in 2017, so he signed with the Broncos.
Denver already has running back C.J. Anderson, so they’ve been careful with Charles. As he slowly works his way into the offense, Joseph is right: He does look better every week.
He had 10 carries for 40 yards in Week One, against the Los Angeles Charges, for an average of 4 yards per carry. In Week Two, against the Dallas Cowboys, he put up 46 yards on 9 carries, boosting his average to 5.1. Even in the loss to the Buffalo Bills the next week, his average jumped to 6.2 yards per carry – 56 yards and a touchdown on 9 touches. On Sunday, against the Oakland Raiders, he only carried the ball 5 times, but he put up 33 yards – an average of 6.6 yards per carry.
Every week, that average rises just a bit more. He’s slowly becoming the explosive back he was for the Chiefs, and he looks closer than ever to that dominating game.
That may help in the red zone, where the Broncos have struggled to convert. However, Joseph thinks all they need to do to score more is clean up their own game.
“It’s been self-inflicted wounds,” Joseph said.“It’s been false starts, it’s been batted balls, it’s been holding penalties.”
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