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Can the Broncos have a deadly rushing attack in 2016?

The Afternoon Drive continued their training camp coverage by entertaining a handful of questions. Most importantly, "Can the Broncos have a deadly rushing attack in 2016?"

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During the Peyton Manning Era, fans of the Denver Broncos witnessed an aerial assault that they hadn't ever witnessed before.  Now that the team is transitioning to a more fluid quarterback situation where the competition is completely open, many fans and football analysts believe the team will employ a heavy rushing attack in 2016.

But can the Broncos have a lethal rushing attack in 2016?

As reported yesterday, C.J. Anderson is metaphorically hungry for the upcoming season.  He is eager to show everyone that he is capable of being a top five running back in the NFL.

According to various camp tidbits from reporters around the league, rookie running back Devontae Booker has looked very good thus far.  According to Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro, Booker already is better than veteran running back Ronnie Hillman in regard to understanding how to run in the zone-blocking scheme.  If he continues to impress coaches, he will likely have a large role in the Broncos' game day plans in 2016.

Shapiro noted that Booker doesn't hesitate to make cutbacks and go against the grain when the opportunity arises, whereas Hillman still insists on trying to bounce everything outside.  Goodman and Shapiro were able to interview Booker after Day 2 of training camp where he stated he was healthy and ready to show everyone what he is capable of.  He seems confident in what he brings to the table, and if he remains diligent, he will be a significant contributor this season.

The two of them believe that the Broncos will be able to have a great rushing attack in 2016 if both Anderson and Booker are able to play at high levels. The addition of Andy Janovich to the fullback position will undoubtedly strengthen the teams' power rushing attack, and the emergence of Kapri Bibbs could also factor in positively for the team to have a top rushing attack this year.

What wasn't covered by Goodman and Shapiro that is worth mentioning is that in order for the Broncos to have success in their ground game, they will have to have much improved play by their offensive line.  Matthew Paradis is the only returning starter from the 2015 season and it is likely that there will be a handful of issues from technique and communication as an issue that will have to be overcome in order for that to happen.

Sound off in the comments below and give us your thoughts about the potential the Broncos rushing attack has in 2016.

Bonus Listen

During their First Bank, First Take segment, Goodman and Shapiro brought on Ron Zappolo to talk about the Broncos. One of the main questions: "Why do people believe the Broncos won't be as good as they were last year?" His answer: "Because of the quarterback position." Based on his own opinions, Zappolo believes Mark Sanchez will be the starting quarterback in 2016.

However, if the Broncos come off to a slow start (based on a brutal opening schedule), Zappolo stated he believes Head Coach Gary Kubiak won't hesitate to make a switch at quarterback. In addition to the quarterback position battle, a variety of other topics were covered and it is definitely worth a listen.