During his rookie season, Juwan Thompson played in 15 games and ran for 272 yards. He averaged five yards per carry and scored three TDs, two of which came in Week 8 versus the Chargers. The former Duke Blue Devil is a bruising back at 225 pounds and made the most of his opportunities when he was on the field.
C.J. Anderson took the reigns as the Broncos No. 1 RB around mid-season in ’14 and will be Denver’s featured back, as long as he remains healthy. Only once last year did Thompson have double-digit touches – he had 10 rushes for 39 yards at Kansas City in late November. Not only will Juwan be behind Anderson on the depth chart, but also Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball, who has recovered after a rough and injury-plagued 2014 campaign.
Heading into the regular season, Juwan is competing for the No. 3 RB slot. While Thompson showed some explosiveness with a 47-yard scamper in a home win versus the Bills, he will likely be used in short-yardage situations. Barring any setbacks from the top backs for the Broncos, expect no more than a handful of touches per game from Thompson, even in what should be a balanced offense. There’s no reason for him to start the season on your fantasy roster.