Broncos May Already Have a Surprise at Running Back

By Craig Moir
Ron Chenoy-US Presswire

The Denver Broncos are sitting at 7-3 and getting ready to make a solid playoff run as one of the most complete teams in the NFL.  There is one problem with that, though.  This past week, the Broncos lost RB Willis McGahee to a torn MCL and fractured leg, and he will be out at least eight weeks.

McGahee was placed on the returnable IR list, which is a new designation by the NFL.  One player per season can be put on this list and is able to return to the team after eight weeks on the IR.  This would be extremely helpful for the Broncos who may not be the same offensive explosion without the balance that McGahee affords them.

No official word has come from the team, but everyone expects Head Coach John Fox to start rookie Ronnie Hillman, with Lance Ball and possibly Knowshon Moreno as his back-ups.  The problem with this rotation is that Hillman has trouble picking up blitzes, Moreno has trouble holding onto the pigskin and Ball wasn’t able to beat out either of the first two in preseason.

But here comes a surprise that many may not have thought about.  The Broncos have a logjam at the LB position now that D.J. Williams is back from suspension and clearly in game shape.  Williams was a running back in high school and recorded 33 rushing TDs in a year, while continuing as a FB/RB with the University of Miami his freshman year and posting 18 rushes for 142 yards and two TDs.  Also, over his Hurricane tenure, he notched 12 catches for 153 yards.

Now, I’m not saying that Williams should be an every down back.  But as a change of pace to keep defenses guessing, his athleticism and ability might possibly be utilized in a creative way.   I know it has been a long time since Williams was in high school, or even college, for that matter.  But Fox has stated that the team needs to be more creative, and what better way than using Williams in a two-back set to pick up the blitz or catch out of the backfield?  Just something for the Broncos coaching staff to think about.


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