Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back Montee Ball (28) catches a pass in the third quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-19. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Bold Predictions for Denver Broncos Running Backs in 2014

The Broncos’ running back position isn’t exactly a hodge podge in 2014, but it’s certainly a young, unproven group of guys. And there’s not a ton of clarity behind who the Broncos expect to be the lead ball carrier, second year back Montee Ball.

Coming out of Wisconsin, I was really high on Ball. He stayed for his senior season, but to be honest he probably didn’t have to after putting together a junior season where he had 40 total touchdowns and looked like he could not be stopped. When Ball was picked by the Broncos, it was clear they were planning on life without Knowshon Moreno, who is now with the Miami Dolphins.

Moreno had a great season in 2013 with the Broncos, his best as a professional. He racked up over 1,000 yards, 50 catches, and proved he was the best pass protecting running back on the team.

Ball will have big shoes to fill, but I think he can be  even better than Moreno a year ago. Here are my bold predictions for the running back position this year, as well as the bold predictions of the staff here at Predominantly Orange.

Chad JensenI predict that Montee Ball will see 75% of the RB touches in 2014. And that with those touches, he will average around 5 YPC and crack 1,200 yards rushing, with close to 15 TDs on the ground. One more bold prediction. Ronnie Hillman will be his primary backup.

Khalid AlshamiRonnie Hillman not only wins the number 2 RB job, but has a huge year with 1,100 all purpose yards and 8 TDs. Eat your heart out. CJ Anderson ends up cut during preseason

Matty PetreroThe Broncos will incorporate the running game more frequently in an effort to balance the attack. As such, Montee Ball will have the best season for a RB in Denver since the Shanahan era. I predict Ball goes for 1200+ yards and 8+ rushing TD’s. (Wishful thinking).

Erick TrickelRonnie Hillman fails to make the roster after a dismal preseason, getting beat out by Kapri Bibbs and Brennan Clay. Clay goes on to win the #2 RB job,ends the season with 500 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards and over 10 total touchdowns, with Montee Ball rushing for over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Amy RichauKapri Bibbs will not only make the roster, he will get more and more playing time as the season progresses as a valuable #2 RB behind Montee Ball. Ball will end up with more TDs than Knowshon had last season.

Sayre Bedinger – I think first of all, Montee Ball will rush for 1,500 yards and have 10 or more TDs. I also think he’ll catch 4o passes. He will be one of the NFL’s top breakout players. I will also make the bold prediction that the Broncos carry just three running backs to the 53-man roster. With the state of their depth at other positions and the value RBs have in this offense, they can carry a capable fourth back on the practice squad.


Tell us what YOU think, Broncos Country! What are your bold predictions for the running back position this season?

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  • Derek J

    Pretty varied predictions across the board, however, there is one thing you all agree on: Montee Ball is poised to have a huge 2014.

    • http://www.predominantlyorange.com/ SayreBedinger

      I think so. He’s more skilled than Knowshon, who had a huge year last year. I think Ball’s gonna ball out.

    • World Wide Waco

      Just the fact that we will be running between the tackles will really hep

  • Lonnie A

    I want some of what Khalid is smoking. Anderson not only makes the team, but will gobble up all of the #2 running back chores. Ball will out perform Moreno no doubt. Denver will become a clock killing offense with 72 Dolphin record possibility written all over it!

    • Chad Jensen


    • World Wide Waco

      Love the confidence but if the BRONCOS do go undefeated with THIS schedule they will not just be superior to Dolphins due to number of wins they will be superior to EVERY OTHER TEAM EVER…because no other team has ever done that against the best competition in the NFL…easily the NFC West have three of the top teams in the NFL with Seattle, SF, and Arizona….the Rams pass rush is going to be DEVASTATING and although I am not going into the tank over it by suggesting their defense is enough to make playoffs in that division…for 4 teams at that level to ALL be beaten as well as sweeping San Diego, we were not able to do that last year, KC again- probably easier this year, and the raiders who although I despise them & their fans…they definitely are the MOST IMPROVED team outside of Denver in our Division…so we AGAIN play the ‘gaytreeits’ at foxborough…like their is no bias in NFL scheduling…ok then…we also play cinnci in AFC north…a totally brutal schedule and then a total of 19 games to take it all…a real tall order…love to see it though and will cheer for it until our first defeat.

      I will be happy losing a few games if it means keeping our guys healthy by platooning a lot so they will all be healthy for the playoffs…last year really sucked having everyone laughing at us like we are a joke when half the team was not even playing…and of course they blame Manning- like any other QB could do so much with so many injuries.

      Still Love the prediction- it is BOLD
      GO BRONCOS 19 – 0 just writing 19 – 0 is a lot of work…19 NFL games against top quality teams likely TWICE against one NFC West Team….that would be the BEST undefeated EVER

      • Lonnie A

        Although it would be nice to go 19 and 0, it probably won’t happen. Still, if Denver goes back to the Super Bowl and wins it, only the 72 Dolphins have accomplished that feat, and that was what I had in mind. Denver will have to avoid the injuries that they had a year ago to get the job done. Go Bronco’s!

    • World Wide Waco

      I totally agree the number of touches makes for a poor statistical arguement but my eyes see and whenever CJ has touched the ball I saw EXPLOSIVENESS

  • World Wide Waco

    My Prediction RB Depth Chart 2014:

    1. Ball
    2. C.J. Anderson
    3. Bibbs


    My Production Prediction:

    Ball- 1,360 yards from scrimmage: 885 Rushing 450 Receiving 7 TD’s
    C.J. Anderson- 480 yards total 4 TD’s
    Bibbs- 100 yards +/- 2 TD’s

    So overall I see (and pray) the BRONCOS committing themselves to the run this year especially with the NFC West (Pass Rushing Incorporated) coming to town, Manning has proved what the O can do now it’s time to settle down and do whatever we have to in order to get the job done…which is less injuries a lot more PLATOONING at whatever position we can…since this is called BOLD predictions here is what I would do and so what my BOLD prediction is and it does affect the running game:

    I would play Osweiler early & when possible late against the NFC West and use him to hand the ball off and tire out NFC West opponent pass rushes…platooning him with Manning may seem crazy but if it gets him experience keeps Manning healthy, gives our O a chance to be totally balanced…tires out the NFC West pass rushers…and mixes up the gameplan that the opposition put in place…then if it can work I say do it.

    So that is another reason I have the BRONCOS with:1400-1500 rush yards and 13 TD’s via the ground gain.
    I would like to see us develop a really three pronged RB attack so that the defenses are really never comfortable since our passing game is so diverse…making our running game diverse as well I think would really frustrate the opposing teams co-coordinators. Imagine if when facing NFC West teams we started Osweiler and ran the ball like 15 times vs 7-10 throws for a quarter…and then spent rest of the game platooning him with Manning and if we openned up a huge lead then finish the game with Osweiler under center and Manning helping out with a headset to be another O co-coordinator on the sidelines reviewing the pictures ect…everyone wins

    Although obviously if Osweiler turns out to be a turnover machine or our RB just can’t gain yards to move the chains we would have to cut & run from the strategy immediately…still this is BOLD predictions so that’s exactly what I would do if I was the Head Coach of the BRONCOS…every time the team faced a dominating pass rush duo or more threat ie EVERY NFC West team- I would have a totally different team look to start the game…really frustrate the pass rush for the first quarter…ESPECIALLY at Mile High where they would not get the first whiff of Manning till 2nd quarter after 15 minutes of a heavy dose of platooning RB and bootleg/screen exhaustion inducing game planning…