Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Will McGahee, Hillman make the cut?
By Tom Carpenter
This morning, we touched on what sort of expectations we should have for Denver Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball. Implicit in that note was that Ball should slide right in as the lead back for the Broncos. What about the other running backs already on their roster, though? Mike Klis of the Denver Post believes it's "highly unlikely" that both Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno will make it to the season opener, barring injuries.
"The Broncos just drafted workhorse running back Montee Ball in the second round one year after they selected speed back Ronnie Hillman in the third round," he wrote. "Ideally, the Broncos would like Ball and Hillman to become their one-two running punch in 2013.
"As for the No. 3 back who can fill in as starter, Moreno is younger (26 in July) and less expensive ($1.7 million) than McGahee (32 in October, $2.5 million) and is a betteer third-down option because he’s a better receiver. Then again, the 210-pound Moreno is similar in size to the 214-pound Ball. It’s the 235-pound McGahee who, size-wise, would be a complement to Ball and Hillman."
It will be interesting to see exactly how the backfield roster decisions play out during training camp and the preseason, but the bottom line is that Ball is in position to be a true workhorse if he acquits himself well early on.