The Jamaal Charles experiment hasn’t worked out for the Denver Broncos.
Charles was signed by the Broncos in March when the Kansas City Chiefs released their long-time star running back after he missed 26 combined games in 2015 and 2016 due to a torn ACL in his right knee. The Broncos were hoping that in a reduced role he could provide a spark to their offense.
Through 14 games, Charles hasn’t been the dynamic playmaker they were hoping he would be, and on Sunday against the Washington Redskins he will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Charles has 69 carries for 296 yards and a touchdown, along with 23 receptions for 129 yards this season. He also lost two fumbles, and his longest play of the season is a 20-yard reception during a Week 13 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
It’s not all Charles’ fault that he didn’t produce the way the Broncos hoped he would when they signed him. They have fallen behind early in games, and had to rely on the pass. That highlighted another problem, the fact they should’ve acquired a better quarterback during the offseason.
However, it will be no surprise if Charles is not with the Broncos next season.