The Denver Broncos will have plenty of position battles when training camp rolls around, but the biggest impact could come from the battle at running back. It was the top position group battle we named after OTA’s and a recent ESPN Insider piece agreed.
Sort through the backfield. The reality of the NFL is that successful backfields are largely composed of multiple players. After parting ways with C.J. Anderson earlier this offseason, the Broncos have an open competition for the starting job, likely to be decided between Devontae Booker and Royce Freeman (a third-round pick out of Oregon). What the Broncos need is consistency in the running game, be it from a committee or one of the aforementioned two players emerging into a predominant role. With Case Keenum under center, the quarterback play should be far steadier than it was after an uneven 2017 season.
Devontae Booker is the old man of the group having entered the NFL in 2016. Every single one of the rest came into the league afterwards. Competition is something Booker is looking forward to as well.
“Really just competing with the other guys,” Booker said two weeks ago. “That’s what I’m looking forward to. All of them are going to push me and I’m going to push them to the fullest. So, I’m really looking forward to the competitiveness that all the guys bring.”
His biggest competition is expected to come from rookie Royce Freeman who could become the feature back in the red zone. If Booker and Freeman can develop into a strong 1-2 punch, then that should open everything else up for the offense as a whole.
It is quite clear that this battle in training camp will have the biggest impact on the success of this offense in 2018.