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There are no losers in Broncos’ running back competition

As the Afternoon Drive discussed on Friday’s show, the days of a one-back offense are gone. Mike McCoy will have fun with these weapons.

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Mike McCoy has a great problem on his hands.

More weapons at running back than he may know what to deal with. When John Elway and the Denver Broncos signed Jamaal Charles at the beginning of May, it created the competition Elway and new coach Vance Joseph rave about. Now you have three veterans who could get the ball, the other two being C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Now you also have to include recent sixth-round pick De’Angelo Henderson, who adds another dynamic. As I said, McCoy has a great problem.

With organized team activities in full swing, the Broncos have rookie mini camp this weekend, the battle for carries, touches and time on the field is in full swing. The goal for Charles is to have him on the field for training camp.

“He’s going to rehab and have some time to get healthy during the entire OTAs and the entire summer,” Joseph said Friday at John Lynch’s Salute the Stars event. “Our goal for Jamaal is to have him on the field during training camp.”

As Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro discussed on Friday’s The Afternoon Drive, the days of a one-back offense are over. Whether Walter Payton, Earl Campbell or Terrell Davis, offenses just don’t use one back anymore. As Shapiro said, only one back in the NFL last season averaged 20 carries per game - Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys.

Knowing how McCoy likes to utilize the running backs in his offense, unlike Gary Kubiak and Rick Dennison, it adds to the excitement of what the Broncos will do and look like on the offensive side of the ball. Let the competition commence, though there aren’t any losers. The winners are McCoy and the offense as a whole.