Jamaal Charles Confident of Clinching a Starring Role in Broncos RB Corps
Despite the challenges, veteran running back Jamaal Charles is confident that he can clinch the No. 1 rusher role with the Denver Broncos in the coming season.
In the past, Charles has battled injuries that limited him to eight games the past two seasons. Aside from that, he has to outperform C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker in the competition for the lead rushing role.
However, Charles was undaunted by the challenges, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.
"Why not think I'm going to be the man? You think I'm just going to come up here and [pauses]? No, that's never been me in my whole life," he said.
"My whole life, I'm always going to feel like I'm going to be the man. That's why I wanted to come here. If I'm not going to be the man, why am I here? I should be at home and sitting on the couch," he added.
Charles inked a one-year deal with the Broncos, with a base value of $900,000 with a $100,000 workout bonus, after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite his past injuries, Charles is confident that he can boost the Broncos backfield, which finished 27th in the NFL in rushing yards last season with 92.8 yards per game, per ESPN.com.
"When I left Kansas City, I was still at the top. It was just the injury. You can't really control injuries. You just wish for good luck," Charles pointed out.
However, Mike Klis of KUSA said Charles is unsure of making the Broncos' 53-man roster at the start of the regular season due to concerns about his past injuries. Charles missed 13 games last year and 11 games in 2015.
The 30-year-old Charles saw action for 103 games with the Chiefs, tallying 7,260 yards on 1,332 carries with 43 touchdowns and catching 285 passes for 2,457 yards and 20 scores.
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