Former Texas Longhorns star RB Jamaal Charles insists that he’s back to Pro Bowl form with his new team, the Denver Broncos.
Jamaal Charles was cut — or “fired,” as he considers it — by the only NFL team he knew during the offseason.
The Kansas City Chiefs waited through multiple serious knee injuries before releasing their long-time star RB.
Jamaal Charles isn’t done, though.
Not by a long shot.
In an interview with The Denver Channel at Sports Authority Field in Denver, Charles said he’s back to being the former Jamaal Charles that tore through NFL defenses
"“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.” – Jamaal Charles to reporter Troy Renck."
Charles has a new number: 28.
Charles has a new role: third down/change of pace RB.
But, Jamaal took exception to being labeled a third down back.
He says he didn’t sign with Denver to barely make an NFL roster this season.
"“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.” – Jamaal Charles"
The Fire is Burning Hot for Jamaal Charles
Jamaal Charles is in a similar position as fellow Longhorn Vince Young:
Charles wants to write his own ending to his career.
The Chiefs tried to write that ending by releasing Charles after his latest injury.
But, Charles has a new opportunity with an AFC West rival in Denver.
Meanwhile, VY is still trying to find a place to finish his pro football story. Maybe next year in Canada?
Charles isn’t waiting until next year. He’s 30, but insists he’s healthy again like he’s in his mid-20s.
"“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… 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.” – Jamaal Charles"
Jamaal Charles More than Third String RB
The expectation for Jamaal is taking the third RB spot on the Denver Broncos depth chart behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker.
However, Charles is listed as the No. 2 RB on some depth charts behind Anderson.
Anderson is coming off his own season-ending injury and Booker is only in his second season.
That has opened the door for Charles to make a legit run at playing time in 2017.
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If Jamaal is serious about being back to the old Jamaal Charles, perhaps we’ll see flashes of what made him great at Texas and with the Kansas City Chiefs.
And, for you fantasy football players, it’s worth taking a shot at Charles late in your Draft. It could pay off late in the season.
Don’t count out a Longhorn, especially a player with the speed and ability of Jamaal Charles. We’ll find out soon enough how strong the comeback is with the Denver Broncos.