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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Montee Ball's fantasy value

By Field Yates

Montee Ball
Montee Ball has the opportunity to be the lead back in Denver. Will he win the job?
Late last season, reliability issues as a pass protector and a light frame kept Ronnie Hillman from stepping up in Willis McGahee's absence to become the Denver Broncos' bell cow running back.

Instead, it was former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno (who earlier in the season had been relegated to a scout team back) who toted the heavy load, providing sufficient production in late-season starts.

The fact that Hillman was unable to take carries from Moreno was an indication of his readiness (or lack thereof) to step into a featured role.

The Broncos invested a second-round pick on Montee Ball in this year's draft, a strong suggestion that he -- not Hillman -- would replace the departed McGahee (who remains unsigned).

But early training camp buzz suggests that Hillman is making a push to assume the starting role in Denver, as he's taken an abundance of first-team reps thus far.

I'm not buying it.

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