Denver Channel’s Troy Renck spoke to running back Jamaal Charles this week and he gave us an exciting update on how Charles’s knee feels.
Charles told Renck that he has started to cut for the first time since his knee procedure and that he feels like he has returned to his normal self.
"I am doing everything. I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts. I feel like the way I am cutting that I am back to the normal me, man. It feels good to be moving around again," said Charles, who was limited to eight games the past two seasons because of knee injuries. "I have been knowing this the whole offseason (that the knee was fine). Nobody can take nothing away from me except God when my time is up. I am still 30 years old. I still have a lot of special stuff to do."
If Charles is indeed back to his normal self, and his knee feels 100%, the Broncos got themselves a major steal this offseason.
This is a guy who has rushed for over 7,000 yards in his career, has 63 career touchdowns(rushing and receiving), and has a career YPC(Yards per carry) sitting at an impressive 5.5. If the Broncos are getting that type of player this year, watch out.
With his knee finally feeling healthy and with him back to cutting, the biggest thing on his mind right now is revenge. He wants to prove the Chiefs wrong. Remember, back in the spring after joining the Broncos, Charles told reporters that he believes the Chiefs “fired him” and that he’s excited to be a member of the Broncos. Charles says this gives him some added motivation to prove the doubters wrong once again.
"When people say you can’t do something, you want to prove them wrong. That’s always been on my mind since I signed with the Broncos," Charles said. "The last time I had to prove people wrong was when I came back from ACL (surgery) and when I came back from hurting myself here in Denver (on Sept. 14, 2014). We played New England (next) and I had an incredible game (92 yards rushing, 15 receiving, three touchdowns). I like proving people wrong. It keeps the fire going, it keeps the spark going. I am excited about just getting back to where I was before."
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway, Head Coach Vance Joseph and all of Broncos Country hopes that Charles can prove the doubters wrong. Especially week eight when the Broncos head to Arrowhead on Monday Night Football to take on his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs. A big night from Charles in front of that crowd, in that stadium and in front of the people who thought he was done would be just perfect.
Let's hope that happens.
Charles does want to prove the doubters wrong, but his main goal is winning a Super Bowl in a Denver Broncos uniform.
"I have that chip on my shoulder, man. But why am I still playing? It is to get that ring. I am on a nice team. I really think we can make a run," Charles said. "We have a nice schedule. Our defense is nice. Our offense is going to be nice. We've got the coaches. I know a lot of people are probably not counting us in. But we know behind the scenes. We are definitely counting ourselves in."
Imagine Chiefs fans watching their Franchise’s leading rusher lift up the Lombardi Trophy while playing for their most hated rival. That thought should bring a smile to everyone’s face(unless of course, you’re a Chiefs fan reading this...).
Let's hope that happens too.