McGehee to be Broncos short yardage RB

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Denver, meet your new running back tandem.

"There's no more one-back systems here in the NFL," Willis McGahee said, joking that he and Knowshon Moreno could be nicknamed 'Stallions and Horses.' "I'm just going to come in and do the best I can. I'm going to help him out, and whatever plays I can make, I'm going to make."

The Broncos signed McGahee to a four-year contract Sunday morning.

Broncos head coach John Fox was adamant throughout the offseason that he wanted to add a running back in free agency to strengthen the team's running game. The Broncos hope to have a run-based offense this season, a switch from the pass-happy offense of the past few seasons directed by previous head coaches Josh McDaniels​ and Mike Shanahan.

At 235 pounds, McGahee has the potential to complement the newly slim Moreno, who arrived at Dove Valley weighing about 200 pounds.

Moreno expects to remain the starter, but McGahee is considered a better runner between the tackles and in short-yardage situations, a serious weakness for the Broncos in recent seasons.

Last year with Baltimore, as Ray Rice's backup, McGahee had only 100 carries. But he scored five touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: 

We're all used to this RB situation by now... McGahee will back up Moreno, especially play on third down, and most likely get carries inside the 5-yard line, thus taking away some value from Moreno. We currently have Moreno in the early 20s in our RB rankings, but he would be a nice mid-round selection as an RB3 in 10 team leagues.

Filed Under: 2011, Preseason

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