The Denver Broncos running game has become the unequivocal lynchpin to their success and, given their struggles against the New York Giants, that means it’s time to consider changing the organization’s plans for Jamaal Charles.
In the three games the Broncos have run the ball more than they’ve thrown it in 2017, they’ve won. In the two games they haven’t, they’ve lost, and so it becomes clear that establishing the running game is paramount and Charles has been the most explosive-looking runner in that backfield.
However, the Broncos are fearful of his injury history and justifiably so. But it’s time for them to begin expanding his workload to take advantage of the big-play ability he brings to that running game.
Making Charles the featured back isn’t in their best interest, and it’s not that C.J. Anderson has been bad. It’s just that Charles can provide an early boost to the running game that gives them a better chance of opening up an early lead to allow them to continue leaning on that running game and a more equitable timeshare would benefit everybody.
Charles deserves more than the 18.6 snaps per game he’s receiving now. That number could be ratcheted up to 30-35 snaps per game and the Broncos don’t run any more significant a risk of losing him to injury.
With those additional snaps, the productivity that he can provide can change the complexion of the offense. More reps mean more chances to break a game-changing run and more opportunities to get involved in the passing game, where he’s been underutilized.
All of that could be good for a Broncos offense that could simply use a little bit of extra explosiveness.
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