The guy you've never heard of, RB Juan Thompson, is helping the Broncos resist the temptation to add a big name such as Felix Jones or Michael Bush to an injury-ravaged, inexperienced running back corps. With Anderson's status uncertain (concussion) for the Aug. 17 game at San Francisco and Montee Ball (appendectomy) out until at least the third preseason game, Thompson becomes an interesting option in the roster roulette.
"We have got numbers there — kids that have been with us and done a good job," coach John Fox said when asked if he was concerned about the depth at the running back. "Ronnie (Hillman) got more opportunities. Montee is doing great, and he'll be back shortly. And Thompson played well."
The Broncos feel like the don't need to add another back, especially with the play of Thompson on Thursday night. The story gives him a "puncher's chance" to make the team because he's built like a boxer, a sculpted 5-foot-11, 225 pounds. He is equipped for short-yardage plays, where he first started making noise in training camp during goal-line drills. And his tires feature plenty of tread. He was part of a four-man rotation at Duke.