One of the best positional battles in any NFL training camp has been the running back position with the Denver Broncos. att his point, it’s not really a matter of who gets the starting nod, but how many carries there are to go around the trio of talented backs Denver has. Ronnie Hillman, Montee Ball and Knowshon Moreno were all high draft-picks in their respective drafts, but to this point, none of the have manged to show they’re capable of becoming featured backs in an NFL offense.
That theme continued last night vs. the San Francisco 49ers. entering the contest, Hillman and ball were atop the depth chart, and both players got carries with the first and second-team offense, but neither managed to impress.
Hillman started and rushed three times for nine yards
Ball rushed five times for nine yards.
Moreno got six carries for 23 yards vs. mostly third and forth stringers. This is a battle that will likely continue for the rest of camp, and Denver may go the whole season with the “hot-hand” approach, and never truly name a #1 back.