On Friday, the 19th annual John Lynch Salute the Stars luncheon was held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was the keynote speaker at the event. He also took the time to talk to the media, touching on new Broncos running back Jamaal Charles.
“Jamaal Charles has been a great player for a long time in this league in division,” Joseph said. “He’s been injured the last couple years. It’s our goal to get Jamaal healthy and if he’s healthy, he’s going to provide a spark in the element of speed that we needed as far as being an explosive offense.”
Charles is recovering from a torn meniscus. He has also torn his ACL twice. Still Joseph is hopeful that he will be good to go by the time the preseason starts.
“We’re hoping to get Jamaal full speed by training camp,” Joseph said. “He’s going to rehab and have some time to get healthy during the entire OTAs and the entire summer. Our goal for Jamaal is to have him on the field during training camp.”
Charles is not the only injured Bronco, as a few members of the team’s 2017 NFL Draft class are recovering from ailments as well. Joseph also updated the recovery of tight end Jake Butt (knee) and quarterback Chad Kelly (wrist).
“Jake Butt is on the same plan as Jamaal Charles. We want to get him through OTAs and continue to rehab him and get him healthy enough to be ready for training camp—and the same with Chad. Chad should be totally cleared with his wrist by August, so right in time for training camp.”