Running back battle will be fun

7/28/2005 - Denver Broncos

As another NFL season approaches, Scouts Inc. breaks down every roster and offers position-by-position breakdowns.

On the surface, 2004 seemed to be a huge breakthrough for Jake Plummer, who threw for over 4,089 yards and 27 touchdowns, and was one of the league's more exciting quarterbacks to watch. But a closer look reveals the same inconsistencies and mistakes that have plagued him throughout his career. Plummer still throws too many interceptions (20 last year) and forces too many throws into tight spots. He is surprisingly impatient for a veteran, which often leads to turnovers that kill drives and change momentum.

Nevertheless, this is Plummer's team, and coach Mike Shanahan continues to stand by his hand-picked man. Denver's offseason efforts to find a good veteran to back up Plummer were fruitless, and the trio of castoff Danny Kanell and second-year players Matt Mauck and Bradlee Van Pelt won't strike fear into the hearts of opponents.