Broncos running back Jamaal Charles has had his career derailed by knee injures over the last two seasons, but said in a interview this week that he's finally healthy enough to prove his doubters wrong.
The Broncos have a good running back in, but they were looking for a major dual threat rushing combo when they brought in 30-year-old Jamaal Charles as a free agent on a one year, $2,500,000 contract.
Charles has spent all nine of his previous NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, and has rushed for over 1,000 yards in every season in which he played 15 games or more. However, he's been limited by knee injuries to only 8 games over the last two seasons.
The Broncos are taking a bit of a chance on Charles this season, but it's one that can pay huge dividends. After all, despite his recent injury troubles, he's still the NFL's current all-time yards-per-carry leader among running backs.
The veteran running back was limited to individual drills with the Broncos during their OTAs and mini-camp this spring. Charles will need to outperform both Anderson and Devontae Booker to secure a spot on Denver's final roster.
Charles spoke with Troy Renck of KMGH-TV in Denver this week, and adressed his health, durability, and the drive to prove himself.
"I am doing everything. I have been cutting the last couple of days with the guys during the offseason workouts," Charles said. "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. 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."
"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," Charles explained. "... 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."
Chalres' best days might be behind him, but if he can start the season fully healthy, with a little bit of luck he'll have the chance to prove all his doubters wrong.
Source: Kevin Patra - NFL.com · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS