Before the 2009 season, the Broncos signed running back J.J. Arrington (JJ) as a free agent. Unfortunately, he missed the entire season because of a knee injury.
The Broncos stayed in contact and have brought Arrington back again. This time around, things figure to be different. Arrington is healthy and ready to make a difference with the 2010 Broncos.
Recently during mini-camp, we caught up with J.J.
850 KOA: How good does it feel just to be on the field again?
JJ: It feels great. Words can’t express how good it feels to be out here with my teammates, smelling the grass, putting cleats on. It’s been so long but I’m thankful everything is coming together.
850 KOA: How does the knee feel?
JJ: The knee is about 80, 85 percent. I’m just working the kinks out. Before I was just running straight. Now I’m doing some turns and stuff so the kinks should be out.
850 KOA: Are there any doubts you’ll be full strength for training camp?
JJ: No doubts. I’ll be pretty good in about two to three weeks.
850 KOA: How frustrating was it to miss last season with the knee injury?
JJ: Oh man. It was hard for about the first two months, sitting on the couch, going to rehab every morning and then seeing the team come out and go 6-0. It hurt, man. It hurt so bad. I just learned to take it as it was and sat back and watched to see what I could learn by watching.
850 KOA: Was it gratifying that the Broncos kept in touch and kept an interest in you?
JJ: Oh yeah, definitely. I wanted to come here all along. That’s why I signed here last year. I was excited about Coach (McDaniels) being here, a first-year coach, and being with him in his first year. I’m glad he kept in touch with me, checking on me and seeing how I was doing. It means a lot to me.
850 KOA: What kind of work have you and the team done during these offseason workouts? Assess the progress.
JJ: I think we’ve been doing pretty good. We’ve come off the offseason conditioning and coming out here and putting the helmets on and cleats, everybody has been looking good right now. We have a lot of high expectations for the season coming up.
850 KOA: Do you look at this year as a new start for you?
JJ: Definitely. You take a year off (and) it’s starting all over again pretty much. But once I get back in and get to see the defenses, I’ll be fine.
850 KOA: Thanks, J.J.
As always, thanks for reading. Feel free to post your thoughts about how you think Arrington might fit in this year.
We’re getting close to the countdown to training camp. It won’t be long. I hope you’re all enjoying the summer.
I’ll have another installment of the interview series next week.