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Offseason Thoughts: In Need of Luck

Mario Puig

Mario sets the direction of RotoWire's college football and NFL draft content, with his other responsibilities primarily resting in those same subjects. He's a fan of Arvydas Sabonis.

I've been beating this drum quite obnoxiously for some time, but I'll say again that the only way Jamaal Charles isn't by far the lead producer at running back for Denver is if his knee renders him unable to play. That concern is a more than reasonable one despite my optimism around Charles, his knee scares me enough that he's an RB4 to me.

But I've seen too much analysis positing that Charles may be healthy and still somehow behind one or both of C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Please.

Booker averaged 3.5 yards per carry in an offense built by one of the league's most accomplished running game engineers in Gary Kubiak. Anderson was a backup in college to Isi Sofele, who I'm assuming no one reading this has ever heard of. Charles is a future Hall of Famer and one of the very most efficient, explosive players in NFL history.

Yes, he's 30 years old and is coming off two lost seasons due to knee issues. But the injury risk is more than factor

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