Unit-by-Unit Analysis: Running Backs

The Denver Broncos have turned over most of the roster since Josh McDaniels took over, so more change wouldn't be unexpected. Here's a look at the running backs.

RUNNING BACKS: Starters - TB Correll Buckhalter, FB Peyton Hillis. Backups - TB LaMont Jordan, TB Knowshon Moreno, TB Darius Walker, TB Ryan Torain, FB Spencer Larsen.

It would be a surprise if Moreno doesn't top the depth chart as a rookie, and he could be the starter by opening day. But he isn't there yet. He ran third behind Buckhalter and Jordan, who split first-team reps. Buckhalter and Jordan will probably carve out a role, even if Moreno passes them. Buckhalter was a solid part-time back with Philadelphia and Jordan is a bruiser who knows the offense.

Moreno is an all-around threat who the Broncos selected 12th overall despite pressing defensive needs. He can play all three downs and has elite talent. He might not have a monster rookie season because of the presence of Buckhalter and Jordan, but will make an immediate impact.

Hillis will be used somehow - he is too talented to keep on the bench or use as a blocker only.

Walker and Torain will need solid training camp performances to lock up a spot on the team. Larsen is back to his role playing offense and defense.



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