With defenses likely to deploy those smaller formations to slow the Broncos' passing game, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball should find some gaps to run through. Both, however, need to show decisiveness and not leave yardage on the table because of pitter-patter feet. Hillman will open camp as the starter and Ball, a high-profile rookie, will get a look as a third-down option and a rotation runner on early downs.
With Willis McGahee gone, Ball is the logical option as the team's main ballcarrier, but HC John Fox has always favored veterans over rookies when given the choice, so this still may become a muddled RBBC with Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Knowshon Moreno all in the mix. Peyton Manning recently said that the team is going to count on Ball 'in a big way' in 2013.