Unit-By-Unit Analysis: QBs and RBs

Denver Broncos running back Tatum Bell (in photo) has been waiting for a chance to be the starter but didn't force the coaches' hand with a great preseason. He will still be a factor in the offense, even if he's not the starter. Check out this analysis of all the Broncos' running backs and quarterbacks.

QUARTERBACK: Starter - Jake Plummer. Backup - Jay Cutler.

Plummer is in an interesting situation this season. No matter how well he plays, he might be replaced by Cutler next season. Plummer could make that decision incredibly tough for Denver if he leads the Broncos to the Super Bowl. That's the team's goal, and to get there Plummer has to play the same under-control game he played last season. If he manages the games well and eliminates mistakes he could have a big year. He'll be throwing to a very good duo of receivers in Rod Smith and Javon Walker.

Cutler will sit and learn this year, but he had a good preseason so the Broncos probably won't feel too nervous if they have to use him in a regular-season game.

The Broncos cut last year's backup, Bradlee Van Pelt and added Preston Parsons to the practice squad.

RUNNING BACK: Starters - TB Mike Bell, FB Cecil Sapp. Backups - TB Tatum Bell, TB Cedric Cobbs, FB Kyle Johnson.

Mike Bell shocked everyone by taking the starting job during training camp. He had an up-and-down preseason, so there's a chance he could be unseated at some point. Tatum Bell has been waiting for a chance to be the starter but didn't force the coaches' hand with a great preseason. He will still be a factor in the offense, even if he's not the starter. Cobbs is interesting. The Broncos raved about him all offseason, he struggled at the beginning of camp, but then looked great in the preseason games. He could be a factor at some point.

Sapp is a naturally gifted player who can play tailback in a pinch. He dealt with injuries in training camp and could end up losing playing time to Johnson, a starter last year.

The starter at the beginning of training camp, Ron Dayne, was cut and Damien Nash, who had a strong preseason, was added to the practice squad.



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