Denver Broncos: Looking at current starters on offense ahead of draft
Starter: Melvin Gordon
In today’s NFL, being a starting running back for a team doesn’t mean what it did during the days of Walter Payton, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith. Running backs generally just are not asked to take on that kind of workload.
But for the Broncos, it seems that Gordon will be the bell-cow running back in the team’s backfield. But don’t forget about Phillip Lindsay. He’s not going to be buried on the bench.
Gordon is not only a capable runner, but he is one of the league’s best receivers out of the backfield. The fact that he has scored a total of 47 touchdowns in his young career shows how important he could be to this offense.
Gordon could get the bulk of the carries, but Lindsay will still be worked into the offense and get his touches. He’s too good not to.
Lindsay has rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons and though some fans saw the signing of Gordon as a knock on Lindsay, it could make the former Colorado Buffaloes star even better.
Lindsay is just 5-foot-8 and 190 pounds, so the team doesn’t want him to carry the ball 250 times or more each season. Instead, he can follow Gordon and pick his spots, creating a great change-of-pace option for the offense.
However, the signing of Gordon could push Royce Freeman to the back burner. It will be interesting to see what happens with him.
The running back position is another one where the Broncos seem to be set for the foreseeable future. However, the Broncos could opt to add a running back in the draft to give the roster more depth as Khalfani Muhamad and Jeremy Cox are the only other running backs on the team.
Andrew Beck is also on the team and can play the fullback position.