RB Jamaal Charles made his Broncos’ debut in a 20-17 win against Green Bay.
Charles, limited to a total of eight games the last two seasons by a knee injury when the played for the Chiefs, rushed four times for 27 yards with a 12-yard run and added two receptions for 15 yards.
“To take the contact, to find open space the way he did; caught the ball well and his protections were good,” head coach Vance
Joseph said. “I was hoping (he would look) like that tonight.”
Joseph said Charles, who has five 1,000-plus yard rushing seasons, will add “a speed element that we haven’t had in a long time. Third downs, catching the ball out of the backfield. He’s an explosive receiver; he’s a guy that can make a big play at any moment.”
Said Charles: “It feels good to be a Bronco and seeing everybody running out (of ) the Mile High tunnel.” Rookie watch: The Broncos’ starting left tackle will be first-round pick Garett Bolles, despite his penchant for penalties and nasty style. “I do have a lot to work on,” Bolles said. “I’m going to fix those things, but I’m never going to change the way I play. I’m the player I am and I finish people and I come off the ball. That’s why they brought me here.”
Noteworthy: RB Devontae Booker (broken wrist) will open the season on the 53-man roster and not the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. He is expected to be available at the second or third week of the season. ... QB
Paxton Lynch (shoulder) and DE Zach Kerr (knee) left the Packers game with injuries.