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P.J. Pope | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (34) / 2/26/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 205
College: Bowling Green

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Broncos waived RB P.J. Pope.
A street free agent pickup last year, Pope played six games and averaged 7.6 YPC on 17 carries. That looks good on paper but that new head coach Josh McDaniels, a former personnel guru, didn't want to keep Pope says a lot. Wed, Feb 11, 2009 06:37:00 PM

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Broncos placed RB P.J. Pope on injured reserve with a torn hamstring, ending his season.

Pope became the sixth Denver RB to start a game in Week 16 against Buffalo and appeared headed for a big effort with 42 yards on five carries before the injury. He could get a training camp invite in 2009, but will be in a battle to make the club. Pope's long-term outlook is as no more than a third-stringer.
Source: CBS4 Denver
Mon, Dec 22, 2008 04:23:00 PM

P.J. Pope rushed six times for 44 yards in the Broncos' Week 16 loss.

Pope was featured early, rushing five times for 42 yards on Denver's first drive. But the Broncos eventually settled into a pass-heavy attack and abandoned the run almost completely other than on Jay Cutler's scrambles. Pope was also sidelined briefly due to a hamstring injury. Pope appears to have emerged as the Broncos' top ball-carrying option, but the offense has become too one dimensional for him to have a truly consistent role.
Sun, Dec 21, 2008 07:22:00 PM

The Rocky Mountain News confirms that P.J. Pope has seen action with the Broncos' first-team offense in practice this week.

The Denver Post ran a story predicting that Pope and Tatum Bell will take the majority of the Broncos' workload against Buffalo. It's worth noting that during Pope's time in Green Bay the Packers, who use a similar running scheme to Denver's, liked Pope's ability in short yardage. That's never been Bell's strong suit, so don't be surprised if Pope gets goal-line carries on Sunday.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 06:46:00 PM

The Denver Post expects RBs P.J. Pope and Tatum Bell to "again share the rushing attempts against Buffalo" Sunday.

Selvin Young didn't receive a second-half carry in Week 15 after fumbling to close out the first half. Bell may start this week, but Pope is the better fantasy choice. He was the most impressive of the three backs against Carolina and has a larger role in the passing game and in the red zone.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Dec 19, 2008 09:57:00 AM

P.J. Pope caught three passes for 24 yards and a touchdown and added 51 yards on seven rushing attempts.

Pope took a swing pass and waltzed in for the opening drive 7-yard score. He was the favored back in the passing game throughout and also outproduced both Tatum Bell and Selvin Young on the ground. If any back is going to emerge from this Denver morass, Pope is the leading contender.
Sun, Dec 14, 2008 08:08:00 PM

P.J. Pope (ribs, probable) practiced without limitations on Friday.

Pope will likely be Denver's second back to rotate in against Oakland, behind Peyton Hillis and before Tatum Bell. The Broncos used Bell as a "closer" in Week 12, which was a surprise due his his past ball security issues.
Fri, Nov 21, 2008 05:56:00 PM

P.J. Pope (ribs) practiced without restrictions again Thursday.

Pope will likely be Denver's No. 2 tailback Sunday against the Raiders. He would be too risky to use even as a flex, but is worth keeping an eye on.
Thu, Nov 20, 2008 06:20:00 PM

Broncos RB P.J. Pope (ribs) was a full participant in practice Wednesday.

Pope figures to be used ahead of Tatum Bell and behind Peyton Hillis in Week 12 against Oakland. He's worth a look as a flex for desperate owners.
Wed, Nov 19, 2008 07:15:00 PM

X-rays revealed no breaks in the ribs of Broncos running back P.J. Pope.

Pope should be the primary backup behind Peyton Hillis and see a decent number of carries as the Broncos face the Raiders this week. Tatum Bell also carried the ball well after being signed off the scrap heap last week, so Mike Shanahan might do his usual maddening carry split.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Nov 18, 2008 10:05:00 AM

Broncos RB P.J. Pope needed X-rays after suffering sore ribs in Week 11.

Perhaps this explains why Pope only got four carries against Atlanta. He busted two 15-yard runs and might see his role grow soon if he's healthy enough. Pope will be worth picking up in most leagues in the coming week.
Sun, Nov 16, 2008 09:00:00 PM

Broncos RB P.J. Pope rushed four times for 35 yards against the Falcons in Week 11.

It was a small sample size, but Pope was the Broncos most explosive runner Sunday. He had a pair of impressive 15-yard runs and was used in the red zone on a couple of occasions. Don't expect more than a niche role for Pope, but he's someone to keep an eye on to see if he flashes again next week.
Sun, Nov 16, 2008 04:49:00 PM

With Ryan Torain landing on injured reserve, P.J. Pope figures to be the backup running back in Denver.

The way running backs are dropping in Denver Pope could find himself as the primary back before long. Selvin Young has been banged up, so Pope will probably start seeing a few carries.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, Nov 11, 2008 09:53:00 AM

Broncos activated RB P.J. Pope from the practice squad.

Michael Pittman and Andre Hall landing on injured reserve leaves Pope as the Broncos' third running back behind Selvin Young and Ryan Torain. He's unlikely to have fantasy value, but with a Mike Shanahan backfield you never know.
Tue, Nov 4, 2008 02:29:00 PM

Broncos released RB P.J. Pope from their practice squad.

Pope had essentially been standing in as the fourth tailback while Ryan Torain was hurt, but with Torain coming back in Week 9 Pope isn't needed.
Mon, Oct 20, 2008 07:18:00 PM

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