While the Denver Broncos focused mostly on the passing game in 2013, they had two solid running backs who could help the team on crucial downs. Knowshon Moreno benefited from the passing game and was able to catch them out in the backfield and get important yards. Now that he is playing for the Miami Dolphins, the team now shifts their attention towards second year back Montee Ball.
The former second round draft pick for the Broncos in 2013, Ball has been handed the reigns for the ground game in only his sophomore year in the NFL. This shows that the franchise is ready to see what the running back from the Wisconsin Badgers has to offer. Early on in his rookie season, he had difficulties holding on to the football and found it challenging to get playing time with how well Moreno did. As the season went on, he became more relaxed and played better. He ended the season with a 4.7 yards per carry average and did a better job holding on to the football.
His performance in college, as well as the second half of his rookie season, could be the reason why the Broncos are ready to give him the green light. He broke numerous records as a college running back for the Badgers and was a Doak Walker Award winner in 2012, which is an award honored to the top running back in the NCAA for the year.
His ability to blow through defenders and fight for the extra yardage makes him a strong player for the Broncos. While he still has some work to do as far as pass protection, there is no doubt that Ball will become the go-to guy when it comes to running the football and gaining those tough yards late in the game. He goes into training camp as the obvious starter and looks to build off of his rookie year.
Look for Ball to have a stellar 2014 campaign as he looks to show the Broncos organization that they made the right call handing him the reigns as the starting running back.