The Broncos got a strong season from running back Knowshon Moreno, who scored 13 touchdowns to help the team take the AFC title.
Moreno is set to become a free agent next month, though, and the Broncos may choose to spend their money in other areas. One reason why that might be the call is Montee Ball. A second-round pick last year, Ball ran for 559 yards and four touchdowns as a complement to Moreno. He says he’s ready for a bigger role if that’s what the Broncos have in mind.
“Of course, obviously I have no idea what’s going to happen with him and this organization, but I do want to be a starter, and yeah, I want the football every time,” Ball said, via Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post. “I think I’m going to have a great offseason, and I’m going to have a better season next year for sure.”
While Ball should get the first shot at the job if Moreno does leave, there are areas he needs to shore up. Pass blocking was an issue for Ball early and he had issues holding onto the football (three total fumbles and two in his first 31 carries), although both things were better by the time the Broncos wrapped up their season. They’ll need to remain that way if the second-round pick is to realize his goal of being No. 1 next year.