The Denver Broncos are undoubtedly going to throw the ball far more often – and with much greater success – in 2012 with Peyton Manning at quarterback than they did with Tim Tebow in 2011. That much is certain.
But while that may sound like good news strictly for players such as Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, it is also music to the ears of the running backs, who now do not have to fear opposing defenses stacking the box because they know that Denver could not move the ball through the air. That all changes this season.
That means that Willis McGahee could be even more productive in 2012, even though he enjoyed a bit of a resurgence last season. It also means that rookie running back Ronnie Hillman could see the field immediately, because as good as McGahee is on the ground, he is not the prototypical pass catching player out of the backfield, meaning he may be taken out more on third down plays.
Unfortunately, for Knowshon Moreno, he could find himself as the odd man out in the Broncos’ backfield in 2012.
Moreno has not only been a disappointment over the past couple of seasons, but he has also shown an inability to remain healthy. Along with Mario Fannin and Lance Ball, Denver knows they have more than enough backs capable of putting up numbers to help the offense.
Entering camp, McGahee is a lock as the team’s No. 1 back. And don’t think for a minute that just because Moreno was a first round pick who carries a big name that he is safe from cuts in August. He may very well not make it through the preseason.