The Denver Broncos are plenty filled in the running back department, but the battle for the starting job will only intensify in the upcoming months.
The Broncos made the bold statement in this year’s draft by selected former Wisconsin standout Montee Ball in the second round. Ball was one of the most productive backs in NCAA history and now with him in orange and blue, the roster spot for the starting position has begun.
As of right now, it’s expected that Willis McGahee will secure his starting position once again. McGahee was sidelined for a major portion of the season after suffering a crucial MCL tear, which gave running backs like Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno some time to improve.
Now, McGahee will most likely be fighting for his job.
The Broncos’ front office have already expressed their excitement for Ball and strongly believe that he can not only be a long-term solution, but a running back of Terrell Davis-like caliber.
“When we were watching Montee, the one thing that stood out about his running style is that it’s a lot like Terrell Davis, and so that got us very excited, and we hope that Montee has an even longer career than Terrell had,” John Elway told ESPN.
“I have high expectations for him to come in and really help us with the running game.”
However, with the abundance of running backs now currently in the Broncos backfield, John Fox and company may not be too worried about who is named the No. 1 starter, but rather how they can successfully create a powerful and effective running rotation that will give sufficient time and rest for different backs during the games.
McGahee, now heading into 12th season, most likely will not be able to play for the full length of the regular season. While wear and tear on the aging back is expected, his production on the field will decide his position on the depth chart and his fate in a Denver uniform.