Den­ver Bron­cos

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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.

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