Selvin Young out to make a splash this season

Selvin Young has set some loftly goals for himself as a Denver Broncos running back.

He has already predicted he can get 2,000 yards this season, a lofty goal for a player with 729 yards in his NFL career. First of all, he has to lock up the starting tailback spot, but he feels it is his to lose.

"In my mind, I feel that way," Young said. "Whenever it's etched in stone, I hope I'm going to be the guy that's going to be leading."

Young has spent the offseason as the starter. When Travis Henry was released, there was no doubt Young was atop the depth chart. He took every snap as the No. 1 tailback in the offseason camps.

Young still has some questions. He bulked up to 211 pounds this offseason, but that still isn't very big for a workhorse back. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who has preferred using a rotation the past couple of seasons, has said he doesn't know if Young could stay healthy if he gets 20-25 carries per game. There are also a few other options on the roster at tailback to share the load, with Michael Pittman, Andre Hall and Ryan Torain below Young on the depth chart.

"It's my job to show the coaches I can be productive in that sense, and it's up to me to stay healthy and do the things off the field and in the weight room to combat his ideas," Young said.

Young said his build doesn't affect how he plays, and he did average 5.2 yards per carry as a rookie last year. Staying healthy over a full season is what Young needs to prove he can do. Young only missed one game last year, but got only 140 carries.

"If I can stay healthy through the season, how much I weigh wouldn't matter or affect me one bit on the football field," Young said.



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