Charles rushed for 56 yards and a score on nine carries and added a one-yard catch in Sunday's 26-16 loss to Buffalo.
After playing second fiddle to Anderson for the first two weeks of the season, Charles stepped in and delivered a couple of big plays as Anderson was held mostly ineffective. In particular, Charles' 12-yard touchdown dash in the second quarter featured the same quick feet, balance, and surprising toughness that Charles showed back in his heyday in Kansas City. It's easy to get excited and wonder how Charles' workload might increase after Sunday's performance, but it's also worth weighing that against Anderson's overall strong start to the season and the impending return of Devonta Booker, who might come back as early as next week. Look for Denver to continue to feature Charles as a valuable change of pace, but it's doubtful that he'll start logging lead-back-type touches as Denver looks to conserve Charles' talents.
Anderson rushed for 36 yards on eight carries and added seven yards with two catches in Sunday's 26-16 loss to Buffalo.
Anderson, much like Denver's offense as a whole, had a tough outing on Sunday. A 32-yard run aside, Anderson was averaging less than a yard per carry against a dinged-up Buffalo front. Jamaal Charles ended up with more carries and as many touches as Denver sought answers and after a pair of nice games to start the season, Anderson's standing may be in a bit of question. It's way too early to panic after a tough day against a good defense, but Devonta Booker is scheduled to return to the backfield as soon as next week. It remains to be seen what effect, if any, that might have on Anderson's workload.
Sanders caught seven of 15 targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to Buffalo.
Trevor Siemian was looking at Sanders early and often on Sunday including a nice 29-yard pass downfield, Sanders' longest play of the season. Though Demaryius Thomas gets much of the press in Denver, Sanders leads the two in targets 28 to 25 through three weeks and a chemistry is clearly present between he and Siemian. The next step will be to free Sanders downfield, as just over 10 yards per catch is far too little for a player of his speed. Sunday's 29-yard gain and a 40-plus-yard gainer that just missed are positive steps toward that end.
Thomas (hamstring) snatched six of nine targets for 98 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to Buffalo.
Thomas was slow out the gate on Sunday, failing to register his first reception until late in the first half, but picked up the pace with three catches of over 20 yards on the day. Though they came in a losing effort, those plays down field are a good sign from Thomas as Denver's new offense under Mike McCoy is capable of lulling defense to sleep underneath before popping a shot down field. Look for such opportunities to continue, not soon enough for Denver fans.
Siemian completed 24 of 40 passes for 259 yards and two picks and added 12 rushing yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to Buffalo.
There were points early during Sunday's game in which it looked like Siemian might be able to feast on rookie corner Tre'Davious White. Then it all unraveled with White and E.J. Gaines both picking off Siemian, the White interception depriving Denver of points during what was looking like a scoring drive. Overall, Denver's offense featured a lot of the same problems seen last year - namely turnovers and having to settle for field goals in the red zone. Siemian, for all the praise he has earned early this season, has sported five turnovers in just three games. He'll need to improve significantly if Denver hopes to beat Oakland next weekend.