Broncos Fantasy News
Beat: Broncos want Montee Ball to start at RB
Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:29am
The Broncos want to give Ball the first chance at becoming their No. 1 running back in 2014.
If Ball does indeed take over the starting job in Denver, his stock is going to shoot into the 2nd or 3rd round by the time draft season is in full swing. Moreno was a top 5 back in 2013, and there's no reason that Ball can't post similar numbers. The RB depth chart was fluid early in the season, and Ball has had a tendency to put the ball on the ground since entering the NFL (though he cleaned that up down the stretch).
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Peyton Manning (neck) cleared for 2014 season
Monday, March 3, 2014, 12:30pm
There is a provision in the five-year, $96 million contract Manning signed with the Broncos in March 2012 that requires his surgically repaired neck to pass medical inspection each year before the team guarantees his salary.
This isn't a surprise, but it's still good news for 2013's #1 QB. He'll enter the season as a top 3 pick at his position.
Tony Romo 'ecstatic' about Scott Linehan hire
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 11:40am
One year after getting Peyton Manning-like input into the offense and personnel decisions, Romo is expected to be even more involved and have more power in the offense under Linehan.
“Yes. He’ll have more (power),” owner Jerry Jones said. “I am just answering his question. How and where and what it has to do with depends on how comfortable he is. Romo was a tremendous supporter of Bill Callahan (last season’s play caller). He was absolutely ecstatic over us getting Scott Linehan. He had serious discussions with Detroit’s quarterback (Matt Stafford) and got a great feel for Linehan’s imagination and what Linehan does to maximize skills in the individual players and his flexibility of coming up with schemes within schemes within the base or rules of an offense. Having said all of that, the most excited guy in the organization was Tony Romo to have the prospect of getting Linehan. And so they will be locked at the hip.”
Under Linehan, the Lions threw the ball 62.2% of the time in the last two seasons. Over the same span, the Cowboys threw it 64.3% of the time, so the Cowboys may not be that much more "pass happy" under Linehan, though the number of plays they run could increase, helping the offense as a whole. The Lions have averaged 1,105 plays in the last two seasons, while the Cowboys averaged just 968 plays, so Detroit ran 14% more plays than Dallas over that span.
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 12:26pm
Broncos QB Peyton Manning is expected to visit with doctors in Denver next week to evaluate his neck fusion. Manning has said repeatedly he plans on playing in 2014 unless the doctors tell him not to. He had a similar exam following the 2012 season.
Broncos believe Montee Ball is 'very, very capable'
Friday, February 21, 2014, 11:28am
On the topic of RB Montee Ball...
"Obviously we think very highly of him," Broncos coach John Fox said at his NFL combine news conference Thursday. "I thought he had tremendous growth as a rookie running back in this league. He got better with every week. We look for a big improvement next year and think he's very, very capable."
Ball actually outperformed Knowshon Moreno on a per carry basis (4.7 to 4.3 YPC) but Moreno was significantly better in the passing game. The big question mark with Ball is his habit of putting the ball on the ground, though he cleaned that up down the stretch and in the postseason. If he's the lead back for the Broncos, his ADP will likely rise into the 3rd round, at least.
Thursday, February 20, 2014, 5:51pm
Gary Kubiak 'very impressed' with Dennis Pitta
Monday, February 3, 2014, 11:13am
“I remember studying Dennis, and I’m very impressed with him as a player," Kubiak said. "I know he went through a tough year this year with getting injured, but that position has always been a big part of our offense. I’m sure it won’t be any different.”
We had Pitta as a mid-TE1 prior to the injury, so that's roughly where he'll be ranked heading into 2014 with a TE-friendly coach like Kubiak.
Sunday, February 2, 2014, 5:40pm