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Horse Tracks: What Broncos running back will have the biggest impact in 2017?

The Denver Broncos added Jamaal Charles in free agency and De’Angelo Henderson in the NFL Draft to compete with C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker. Which of these four running backs will have the biggest impact on offense for the team in 2017?

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Good morning, Broncos Country.

Throughout the years, the Denver Broncos have been able to plug in just about any running back into their offense and reap the bountiful benefits of success. Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson, Mike Bell, Tatum Bell, Willis McGahee and many more have came out of nowhere to make an impact for the squad.

Truth be told, the Broncos haven’t had a 1,000 yard rusher since Knowshon Moreno carried the load for the team back in 2013. The offensive line has struggled to consistently open up running lanes for the team’s stable of backs, and the players in the Broncos’ backfield have also had issues with staying healthy. Not only that, high draft picks such as Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman never lived up to the hype and reached the potential the front office claimed they had in their short time in the Mile High City.

In order to provide more juice on offense, the Broncos added former premier player Jamaal Charles and rookie running back De’Angelo Henderson to compete with incumbents C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker this offseason.

It has been a while since the team boasted as much talent as they have accumulated in the backfield, and in order to give the offense a much needed boost in 2017 — one of them is going to have to step up and be a leader of a unit that has struggled with consistency over the past few seasons. While one of the will ascend to the top of the pack through the course of training camp, I remain skeptical that any of the four players in their stable will be able to have a 1,000 yard season. However, that doesn’t mean the unit isn’t capable of success this coming year.

Charles appears to be the most hungry out of all the backs to make an impact this season, while Booker seems excited for a new role he can carve out in Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy’s offense. Anderson’s rehab from an injury suffered last season appears to be going well and like all rookies, there will be a big learning curve for late-round pick Henderson.

If I was a betting man (and I am), I’d take a big gamble and roll of the dice and proclaim that Charles will have the biggest year out of any back on the roster. Feel free to sound off in the comments section and place your bets on which running back will lead the Broncos in regard to production on the field.

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Which running back will make the biggest impact for the Broncos in 2017?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Jamaal Charles
    (309 votes)
  • 28%
    C.J. Anderson
    (172 votes)
  • 12%
    Devontae Booker
    (76 votes)
  • 7%
    De’Angelo Henderson
    (42 votes)
599 votes total Vote Now