Individually, their numbers don’t look like much. Collectively, the Broncos running backs are getting closer to giving Peyton Manning the help he needs.
Denver’s young running backs Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball want to atone for their big blunders when the Broncos host the St. Louis Rams on Saturday night in what’s essentially the final dress rehearsal for the regular season.
There’s the man who isn’t big enough, the former first-round draft pick who hasn’t lived up to his potential and the record-setting college back brought in to replace them both.
Willis McGahee knew when he showed up at minicamp this week that he faced long odds of keeping his starting job since the Denver Broncos had used a high draft pick to select a running back for the second straight season.
Willis McGahee skipped each of the Broncos’ 10 “voluntary” practices over the last month but showed up for the start of the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday.
Willis McGahee apparently is counting on history repeating itself. The grizzled running back skipped some of last year’s offseason workouts, then showed up at the mandatory minicamp and handily won the starting job.
Ronnie Hillman, who was lucky to tip the scales at 180 pounds by January, is pushing 200 pounds in his quest to get more playing time in 2013.
As the Broncos returned to practice Monday, Rahim Moore said he appreciates the support from teammates, friends and the front office and understands the lingering frustration that some fans feel.
Whether known as Mon-TAY or Mon-TEE, running back Montee Ball made quite a name for himself during his record-setting career at Wisconsin.
Safe to say, the Broncos will not be faxing their pick to league headquarters. Still, it’s that balky fax machine and the repercussions of losing Elvis Dumervil that helped shape the way Denver heads into this week’s draft.