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Jamaal Charles has made the Broncos final 53

By Mark Chichester
Aug 28, 2017
Denver Broncos Jamaal Charles

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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 26: Denver Broncos running back Jamaal Charles (28) picks up a few yards against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter on August 26, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
  • According to NFL network reporter James Palmer, Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has said that running back Jamaal Charles has made the 53-man roster.
  • Prior to his 2015 ACL injury, Charles was arguably one of the best backs in football. In the 2014 season, Charles ranked sixth among the league’s running backs with an elusive rating (the PFF metric that assesses runner’s success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers) of 55.8 and his PFF overall grade of 82.3 ranked 10th among qualifying backs.
  • Charles was never guaranteed to make the team, after two separate knee injuries have limited him to just 290 snaps in the last two years, however he showed enough in his team’s third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers to warrant a roster spot. Charles logged four rush attempts, forced a missed tackle and averaged 3.25 yards after contact per attempt – the highest mark among Denver’s running backs.
  • Charles also added two receptions for 15 yards, and kept a clean slate on all four of his pass blocking snaps. He ended the game with a PFF overall grade of 71.4, the highest grade among Denver’s running backs.

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