Happy Wednesday, Broncos Country.
For this installment of Horse Tracks, I offer my opinion on a move that could help strengthen the Denver Broncos' ability to be successful next season.
Denver's backfield could look significantly different next season compared to this years. Their top two leading rushers, Ronnie Hillman (UFA) and C.J. Anderson (RFA) are set to become free agents. With that being said, only Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are slated as players with experience with the team to be on the roster in 2016.
Neither Hillman or Anderson have had season fans were expecting coming into the season, though their struggles in regard to production cannot be blamed solely on them. The offensive line has struggled immensely throughout the course of the year, in particular with running plays between the tackles that are imperative to the success of Gary Kubiak's offensive system. Certainly, the Broncos will need to use cap space available to them in free agency, as well as selections in the upcoming NFL Draft to improve their offensive line talent,.
However, that won't be enough. They should also throw their hat in the ring for the services of Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miler during free agency as well.
Miller has been one of, if not the most impressive player on the Dolphins team this year, but has been severely misused over the course of the season. Whenever Miller gets hot, the team seems to abandon using him when the game is on the line. Statistically, the Dolphins have won their games this season when Miller gets more than fifteen carries and they lose them when he does not reach that amount.
So far this year, Miller has rushed for 769 yards on 151 attempts, registering a 5.1 yard per carry average. In addition to his big-play ability and consistency as a runner, he has also proven his worth as a pass catcher, accumulating over 35 catches respectively in each of the past two seasons. The Broncos could certainly use a player of like that on their offense moving forward, regardless of who the quarterback is next season.
For the Broncos offense to be efficient in 2016, they will undoubtedly need a running back with Miller's caliber. An ideal situation would be signing him, along with extending a RFA tender to C.J. Anderson in order to have a formidable 1-2 punch in 2016.
What are your thoughts? Sound off on the comments section and as always, thanks for reading.
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