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Montee Ball knows he needs to be a better pass blocker

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Even though they took Montee Ball with the 58th overall pick and cut Willis McGahee, the Broncos will open the season without a clearly defined pecking order in the backfield.

One of the reasons for that is Ball’s lack of polish as a pass blocker. Peyton Manning isn’t a player that Denver wants to see getting hit very often, which makes the ability to pick up rushers a crucial part of the skill set for their running backs. Like many rookies, it’s not a strong suit of Ball’s and he knows that he needs to get better at it after not being asked to do much blocking at Wisconsin.

“He’s not RG3. He sets his feet and gets the pass off,” Ball said of Manning, via Mike Garafolo of “Great things happen downfield when you protect him. That’s the thing. When I mess up, I understand getting yelled at because you don’t want a big hit on him. He’s extremely valuable. Big plays happen downfield when everybody does their job.”

Garafolo reports that Ball, Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman will all see time in the backfield with the latter two likely to see “plenty” of time because of their edge in the blocking department. Hillman has had a hard time holding onto the ball, though, and Moreno has had a hard time staying on the field, so there may be an opportunity for Ball to take the reins as soon as he can show the team that Manning won’t be at undue risk when the rookie is in the game.

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6 Responses to “Montee Ball knows he needs to be a better pass blocker”
  1. johnnyballgame7 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:18 PM

    Going to the game tomorrow night! Redemption time? Don’t like the fact that Von, and Bailey are out, but Bailey was pretty bad the last time they played. Go Broncos.

  2. iseek11 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    He didnt do much pass blocking last year. But he did do quite a bit the year before. For a guy named Russell Wilson who seemed to put up some good numbers.

  3. frostymugobeer says: Sep 4, 2013 8:19 PM

    I just hope one of these guys can emerge as a true running threat,
    that more than anything will take the pressure off Manning ala T.D. & Elway.
    What Denver needs most is to put some fear into defenses with a great run game….then Manning can pick the defensive backfield apart at will.

  4. malvaren18 says: Sep 4, 2013 8:28 PM

    Come on Man

  5. isphet71 says: Sep 4, 2013 9:55 PM

    Montee only needs to score touchdowns. Pass Blocking doesn’t matter.

    Of course, he’s on my fantasy team so I might be biased.

  6. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 4, 2013 11:05 PM

    Ball is a bust and Hillman is a fumble machine. Knowshon Moreno is the best RB on the Broncos.

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