The depth at running back was a pleasant thing this offseason. I was disappointed that Xavier Omon wasn’t able to make a push for the roster, but I felt that Knowshon Moreno and his guaranteed money would be a major factor at the back end of the roster at running back. Jeremiah Johnson, I thought, had a better preseason than Moreno, but that last game may have given the front office enough hope to give Moreno one more shot at finding his role in the NFL.
The obvious starter here, Willis McGahee will continue to be the shifty downhill runner the Denver Broncos offense needs to keep things balanced and high powered. There is always talk about a running backs age and for good reason since most running backs burn out as they near the age of 30. My sense is that McGahee might be one of those rare running backs in today’s game that plays at a high level beyond that age. Guys like Emmitt Smith or Curtis Martin come to mind. The loss of Tim Tebow will hurt the running game, but going from #1 in the NFL in rushing to say #8 is still a Top 10 rushing attack and with Peyton Manning slinging the ball around, it should be a dangerous combination. (Profile)
I really felt Lance Ball is a guy who was getting the most out of his talent, but to end the preseason second on the depth chart shows that he does a lot of things well and consistently. He’s gone from “meh” in my eyes to “he’s pretty good” in just a month’s time. His role will be to keep McGahee fresh throughout the game, so when the fourth quarter rolls around the Broncos will be able to keep teams on their heels and unable to mount comebacks. (Profile)
We didn’t get to see much of Ronnie Hillman in the preseason, but we all know what has been said about him. If he ends up being even close to a Darren Sproles type of back, then he will be a lock for playing time on both offense and special teams. (Profile)
The aforementioned Moreno, I think, did just enough to secure himself one last chance to make it happen with the Denver Broncos. An injury at all this season may spell doom for Moreno in 2013, so staying healthy and making significant impacts this year is a must for this guy. We’ll see how it plays out, since I’ve always liked Moreno as a good third down running back. Just because he doesn’t live up to his first round pick, doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the talent to play in the NFL in some fashion. (Profile)
Chris Gronkowski blew his one shot at running the ball this preseason, but really he is there to bulldoze linebackers for the likes of the four running backs above him in this post. John Elway and John Fox probably understand well the importance of a solid full back for any kind of consistent rushing attack. (Profile)
BT Projected Starters: Willis McGahee, Chris Gronkowski
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