Replacing Montee Ball will be a group effort – DenverBroncos.com (blog)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When Sunday’s game with the New York Jets arrives, expect the solution for replacing the injured to incorporate Ronnie Hillman, C.J. Anderson and rookie Juwan Thompson — assuming Thompson is available after missing Wednesday’s practice and being limited Thursday with a knee problem.
“We’ll lean on all three of them,” Head Coach John Fox said.
Prior to succumbing the third quarter last Sunday, Ball had 55 of the Broncos’ 69 carries by running backs. After he left, Hillman had 14 rushes and Thompson three, with Anderson watching from the sideline as one of the Broncos’ seven inactive players.
All three are expected to be in uniform Sunday, if Thompson is healthy. That would be enough for Offensive Coordinator Adam Gase, who thinks the answers to the questions at the position reside in a trio that knows nothing else as pros but orange and blue.
“I like the three guys we’ve got,” Gase said. “I like that group. It’s a sharp group and they run hard and we just have to make sure we’re on it this week because this is probably one of our tougher matchups as far as scheme-wise.”
The dominance of the Jets’ front seven, particularly defensive ends Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, makes it all the more essential that the Broncos find the best back for the day and ride him as long as possible.
“I think whoever has the hot hand will really get it,” Anderson said. “You never know how Ronnie’s going to play; you never know how Juwan’s going to play; you never know how I’m going to play.