The start of training camp could not have gotten off to a worse start for the Denver Broncos‘ star running back. Montee Ball, who during the offseason was awarded the starting running back position, is set to undergo an appendectomy. Even though he will be ready for the season opener, it takes away valuable reps that the running back could use in preparation for the season.
However, in regards to the other running backs on the roster, this gives C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and the other rookie running backs a chance to show the Broncos’ coaching staff what they can bring to the table. Don’t get me wrong; Ball is going to be the starter so his roster spot is not in jeopardy, but it will give the other running backs a chance to make a play that turns heads.
With so many running backs on the roster for the moment, this is the chance of all chances to give it everything that they have to better their chances to secure a roster spot. And so many of these players have a lot to offer. Brennan Clay can bring pass protection to Peyton Manning and had a solid OTA and minicamp. Kapri Bibbs is a threat to score every time he touches the football. These two are just an example of how they can use Ball’s sudden surgery in order to show the coaching staff their abilities since there will no longer be any eyes on Ball with him out of action.
Could this change the thought process on how the coaches and front office decide the final roster? There is always that possibility, and rest assured that with Ball out for the preseason the opportunity for the other running backs is out there.