Unit by Unit: Quarterbacks and Running Backs

Here's an early look at how the 2008 Denver Broncos roster is shaping up. Today - quarterbacks and running backs.

QUARTERBACK: Starter -- Jay Cutler. Backups -- Patrick Ramsey, Darrell Hackney.

Cutler had a very good season, his first full year as a starter. He took some chances, but didn't make too many poor decisions. His decision-making was very good for a player so inexperienced. The team did have some problems in the red zone, and some blame falls on Cutler. He should be able to turn that around next year. Ramsey didn't play much, aside from a three-quarter stint in a blowout loss at Detroit when Cutler was hurt, but the Broncos feel good about him as Cutler's main backup.

RUNNING BACKS: Starters -- Selvin Young, FB Cecil Sapp. Backups -- Travis Henry, Andre Hall, FB Paul Smith, FB Mike Bell.

Young was the starter at the end of the year because Henry never recovered from a knee injury, but this position is up in the air. The Broncos don't think Young can be a 25-carry-a-game tailback, based on the injuries he had this year. But Henry, who was brought in to be the workhorse, would likely have to restructure his contract to come back. The Broncos like Hall, but he too isn't viewed as an every-down back. If Henry doesn't come back, the Broncos could look to free agency and the draft for a tailback. Sapp, a solid and versatile performer, is a free agent. Smith is good on special teams. Bell fell off the radar after a promising rookie year.



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