It’s no secret that the Denver Broncos are looking for Willis McGahee‘s replacement atop the depth chart at running back. After deciding to part ways with the veteran RB, the Broncos are now left with three players vying to take his spot – Knowshon Moreno, Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball. Of the three, there’s not a clear cut favorite, but Hillman recently made his claim for the starting role.
“Come the opener, I want to be the guy back there. I can’t lie. I want it to be me and I’m pushing to be that guy. I know it’s about production, that I have to produce to be in there. That’s how they’ll decide: who’s producing.”
You have to respect Hillman’s honesty here, but being a straight shooter won’t earn him the starting job. He’s coming off of a decent rookie season where he carried the ball 84 times for 327 yards and a score – but he also had problems in pass protection, which just can’t happen in Denver.
Moreno being the veteran of the group, makes the most sense as the week one starter. He has four years under his belt, and a much larger frame to help protect Peyton Manning. Eventually, Ball is going to emerge as the best candidate, but it’s just doubtful he’ll start right out of the gate as a rookie.
There’s still a lot of time between now and the first week of September, but I don’t think it will matter for Hillman. He’s going to get his fair share of carries in 2013, but his size just doesn’t make him the ideal candidate for the Broncos’ starting running back job.
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