The report says the Broncos view Ball as the player they "have cleared the way to shine most." The report also adds Ball earned that optimism by how he played down the stretch last season.
He was the most effective runner with the ball in his hands over the last six weeks of the season/postseason. The Broncos have seen vast improvements in his work as both a receiver and blocker in the passing game.
They moved Orlando Franklin to left guard, giving them one of the biggest guard tandems in the league. They drafted receiver Cody Latimer, considered a terrific blocking wideout. And they let running back Knowshon Moreno go in free agency so they could hand the starting job to
With defenses often playing six or fewer men in the box, Denver believes it can do better than the 4.1 yards per carry it averaged last season.
The report says Ball "is ready for a starring role in the run game." It also says Ball showed improvement in recent weeks was as a receiver.
"He has consistently shown he's ready to participate in long-yardage situations as a receiver, even having snared an over-the-shoulder scoring grab or two in red zone drills," the report states. "And while the jury remains out in pass protection until they put the full gear on, he's shown better footwork in the workouts and has positioned himself where he needs to be."
"Big strides," Gase said of Ball via a Denver Post video. "I'd say he'd probably be the one guy where he made the most improvement. To see him make the next jump in his second year, we're looking forward to that. ... He brings that full package of good running back, running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield and protecting."
When asked who was battling for the backup job, Gase said it was wide open among "everybody behind Montee."
With the 130th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the
White spent his first three seasons at Wisconsin behind
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