Should Denver Broncos Release Lance Ball?

By Gary Fiore


Lance Ball
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It’s no surprise that the Denver Broncos are on a mission to win a Super Bowl fast. Last year, they made national headlines by winning the Peyton Manning sweepstakes, which would only bring them ever so closer to their milestone.

Now, after a disappointing season, the Broncos have supplied Manning with plenty of weapons for his offensive arsenal. But now with only a few months till the home opener, do the Broncos have too much depth behind Manning?

The answer is yes.

The running back situation in Denver is a mess. The Broncos simply have way too many running backs, all competing for more carries and more playing time.

As of right now, they currently have nine active running backs, none of which are guaranteed the starting job.

Although there hasn’t been much talk of what the situation will be come September, the Broncos inevitably will be faced with the dilemma of releasing some of the running backs, starting with Lance Ball.

The former Maryland Terp has been in the Mile High city for the past three seasons and has shown flashes of his speed and strength, but certainly not enough to serve for significant playing time. He was part of the rotation last year with Willis McGaheeRonnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno, but as the season went on, his playing time dwindled and dwindled.

In his past three seasons, Ball has accumulated 718 rushing yards on only 179 carries.

While Ball has been somewhat productive for the Broncos, he has constantly been in competition with Moreno, who has been basically hit or miss throughout his entire career.

Moreno was demoted to the practice squad last season in the beginning of the year after losing a critical fumble against the Atlanta Falcons. After McGahee went down on a season-long injury, Moreno was reactivated and his career was “rejuvenated” but his future in Denver is still very shaky.

The Broncos will most likely be faced with the choice of keeping one of the two running backs. After the success of last season, the Broncos will most likely cut ties with Ball and keep Moreno, at least for one more season.

Of course, the addition of Wisconsin’s Montee Ball certainly does not help neither of these players’ chances either, but it definitely increases the competition in the overcrowded backfield.

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