Posted Sun Jul 1st by Jon Heath
This offseason, we’re going to do a Speak Up series looking at each position (o-line, d-line, etc). Today, we’re looking at the running backs.
We want to know who you think should be the main running backs in Denver this season. Who will surprise, who won’t make the team?
Returning: Lance Ball, Knowshon Moreno, Willis McGahee, Mario Fannin and Jeremiah Johnson.
Acquired: Ronnie Hillman, Xavier Omon and Chris Gronkowski*.
*Gronkowski is listed as a RB on the team’s roster but he is expected to be a fullback in two-back formations this season.
Heading into training camp, McGahee and Hillman are the presumed top two running backs. That leaves Moreno, Ball, Johnson, Fannin and Omon competing for two remaining spots.
Though he was the starter heading into last season, Moreno’s chances of making the roster continue to decrease. If the team does not trade Moreno, he may be beat out by Fannin, according to reports.
In June, ESPN Insider Cecil Lammey said Fannin reminds him of Correll Buckhalter and said he could potentially “bounce Moreno off the roster.” A few weeks later, John Elway spoke of the expectations the team has for the running game this season and he only mentioned the progress of McGahee, Hillman and Fannin. That does not sound promising for Moreno.
If the Broncos keep four running backs, it will likely be McGahee, Hillman, Moreno and either Ball or Fannin. There is a possibility of Johnson or Omon surprising, but that seems unlikely at this point.
What is your take? Should the Broncos keep Moreno? Should he be ahead of Fannin on the depth chart?
Dish out your thoughts in the comments and vote in the poll below!