Jamaal Charles had given us all glimpses.
From the small amount of time we saw him in Denver Broncos training camp, the third preseason game and the first two weeks of the regular season. He may not be 100 percent of the Charles from his Kansas City Chiefs days but he’s pretty dang close.
After what Charles showed against the Buffalo Bills, albeit in a loss, there’s no longer any doubt or question about what he brings to the Broncos. Charles’ 12-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was a thing of beauty and to see him now do it for Denver is a marvelous sight to behold.
As Adam Malnati and I said on the most recent Mile High Report Radio Podcast, Charles has shown he deserves to get more touches in Mike McCoy’s offense. As he showed against the Bills, Charles still has the ability to make magic happen when he touches the ball, so give him that chance.
It’s clear after the first three weeks of the season that the running game will carry the Broncos this season on offense. That means 30-35 carries as a team, with 20 for C.J. Anderson and 15 for Charles. That’s a recipe for Denver to have sustained success and open up the passing attack. Since the Broncos are the No. 3 rushing offense in the NFL, teams will load the box. Against Buffalo, Denver still had success when it faced eight-man fronts. The problem is McCoy abandoned running the ball.
On Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, the Broncos need to put the ball in the hands of their running backs, especially Charles. Over three weeks he has shown he’s more the Charles of old than an old Charles.