I don’t know about you, but I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. The excitement is building in one area in particular. With one time images in mind of Terrell Davis dancing down the field for long runs, my excitement builds for an established running back that the Broncos are due to pick up in free agency.
Who will be the guy to share carries with Knowshon Moreno? Who will be the guy to put an end to the team’s woeful third and short conversion rate? Who will be the guy to take pressure off of the passing game? Who will be the guy to keep drives going and convert in the redzone?
The team plans to release Correll Buckhalter this week, and Willis McGahee and DeAngelo Williams are front runners for the backfield position.
McGahee played under current Broncos running backs coach Eric Studesville for three years in Buffalo. During that time, McGahee averaged 73.0 yards per game and had 24 career touchdowns. Since then, he has played in Baltimore sharing carries with the dangerous Ray Rice. Last season, McGahee averaged 25.3 yards per game, had 5 rushing touchdowns and 1 receiving touchdown.
Williams is high on a lot of team’s list, but his relationship with John Fox makes the Broncos the front runners for this back. Williams played under Fox in Carolina for five seasons. He shared his carries with Jonathan Stewart, but has had impressive numbers during his career. His best season came in ’08-’09 when he averaged 94.7 yards per game, had 18 rushing touchdowns, and 2 receiving touchdowns. Last year, he played in just 6 games before being placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury.
Both McGahee and Williams would help the Broncos struggling backfield tremendously, but do you have a preference for who the Broncos go after in free agency?