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Friday, August 2, 2013
Broncos camp notes: T.D. breaks down RBs

By Jeff Legwold

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Terrell Davis, whose legs powered the Denver Broncos to their two Super Bowl wins in the 1990s, got his first up-close look of the season at the team's 2013 models, including rookie running back Montee Ball Friday.

Safe to say, Davis liked what he saw.

"He's a big back like me, he's also a lot quicker than I was,'' Davis said. "He's got great lateral movement, spin move, great power, nobody's going to bring him down on the first try."

Montee Ball
Broncos legend Terrell Davis was impressed with Montee Ball (38), but the rookie running back faces competition from Ronnie Hillman (21) and others.
Then again, with Davis looking in on the workout, Ronnie Hillman showed why he still won't be easy to displace as the starter in the backfield. At one point, Hillman took a well-designed draw play through the starting defense for just the kind of long-distance impact scoring run the Broncos want to be a part of the offense.

"I don't know who I would pick right now, I don't have that coaches' hat on," Davis said, adding, "They both have shown what they can do with the ball."

In that light, fantasy football players should simply stock up on aspirin now for what will be a weekly headache solving the riddle as to who will get the carries. It's a riddle the Broncos don't much care about, however, because they are looking only at the bottom line.

"We want to be in a situation where anybody we put in can have an impact in the offense and do what we're supposed to do,'' said running backs coach Eric Studesville. "We have a guy in that room in Knowshon who has led this team in rushing."

Knowshon Moreno, who currently sits at No. 3 on the depth chart, did lead the Broncos in rushing in 2009 and 2010.

The Broncos are still looking for more consistency from Ball and Hillman in pass protection, and the player who gets that figured out soonest will get those snaps once the games count. Or as Studesville put it, "If you can't keep up with the quarterback, you can't be in there with him."

It's why Moreno and Jacob Hester, who are the most reliable in those situations at the moment, are still options in some of the specialty packages on offense.

"Most running backs can run, most running backs can catch, but blocking is the key," Davis said. "If you can block, you'll be in the game, you'll be the guy that's that complete back."

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