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Montee Ball | Running Back

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/5/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 215
College: Wisconsin
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The Denver Post's Troy Renck anticipates Montee Ball mixing in for "seven to eight" carries per game behind C.J. Anderson.
Renck has Anderson ticketed for 18 carries a game. Before flopping last year following a preseason appendectomy, Ball averaged 4.66 yards per carry as a change-of-pace back behind Knowshon Moreno as a rookie in 2013. Ball's career YPC average currently stands at 4.18. Ball has been a fantasy disappointment through two NFL seasons, but he can be effective in a complementary role. He'll also offer handcuff appeal behind Anderson. Jul 5 - 3:52 PM
Source: Denver Post

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The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes the "window closed" on Montee Ball as the Broncos' starting running back last year.

As should be the case, Renck is of the opinion that C.J. Anderson will be the Broncos' feature back barring injury. Renck also described new coach Gary Kubiak's system as a "bellcow offense" where "the back doesn't rotate in and out." Anderson is going to open the season as Denver's three-down back. Ball is a quality handcuff, assuming he holds off Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 21 - 9:12 AM

Montee Ball says the appendectomy he underwent last preseason sapped his strength early in the year.

Ball may have returned too quickly from the early-August procedure. He was ineffective early in the season, before suffering repeated groin injuries. "I feel great right now," said Ball, who is competing for the Broncos' starting job with C.J. Anderson. "I implemented a lot of pilates in my regimen to strengthen my core because they dug inside of me to get my appendix. And then that kind of weakened my core, which, I think, resulted in my groin going out. I focused on pilates and yoga, and I think it helped." Ball says his 2015 goals are to get "my starting spot back" and "rush for 1,000 yards."
Source: Denver Post
Jun 9 - 11:46 PM

Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson are "splitting" first-team reps at Broncos OTAs.

The Broncos have a new coaching staff and have pushed a competition at the tailback spot, even if Anderson is seen as the heavy favorite. Although Anderson carries legitimate NFL-rushing-title upside in Gary Kubiak's run-friendly scheme, Anderson also holds risk because he isn't totally assured of opening the season as an every-down workhorse. At very least, fantasy owners who select Anderson early in drafts should be sure to handcuff him with Ball.
May 28 - 7:23 PM

Montee Ball said he was playing injured from Week 1 last season.

Ball underwent emergency appendectomy surgery in August. He made it back for the opener, but put a striking lack of speed and quickness on tape. A few weeks later, Ball tore his groin -- an injury that eventually landed him on injured reserve. Now fully healthy, he enters the offseason behind both Pro Bowler C.J. Anderson and change-of-pace back Ronnie Hillman.
Apr 30 - 7:55 AM

By all accounts, Montee Ball is working "fiercely" to earn back the Broncos' starting running back job.

Ball had his big chance to open the 2014 season and flubbed it, proving far too slow to the hole en route to a pathetic 3.12 YPC average. New coach Gary Kubiak has already stated C.J. Anderson should arrive at OTAs "like he's the starter," a title we'd expect him to hold all the way through the season. CJA's decisive one-cut style is a great fit for the Kubiak scheme. Ball projects as the No. 2 man no matter how hard he's working.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 23 - 7:49 AM

Montee Ball (groin) promised to return "ready to win the job."

Ball was well behind C.J. Anderson even before landing on injured reserve in December. We don't doubt that he'll return healthy and the new coaching regime will give him a chance to steal back the starting gig, but we would be surprised if it actually happened. Anderson, whose decisive quickness and vision make him a far better fit for Gary Kubiak's one-cut zone scheme, showed foundation back ability while compiling a 179-849-8 line last year. Ball looked like he was running in mud on his 55 carries, averaging a brutal 3.12 YPC.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 10 - 10:17 AM

Broncos placed RB Montee Ball on injured reserve with a groin injury, ending his season.

Ball served as the Broncos No. 1 back through the first four games of the season before suffering a serious groin injury Week 5. Ball returned Week 11, but re-injured himself on his fourth snap back and has not played since. A consensus top-ten running back in fantasy drafts this summer, Ball finishes the season with 172 yards and one touchdown on 55 carries. With C.J. Anderson exploding down the stretch, Ball will have to fight for a role in the Broncos' offense in 2015.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Montee Ball (groin) has been ruled out for Week 15.

Ball remains without a known timetable. He's behind schedule at this point.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 01:55:00 PM

Montee Ball (groin) is not practicing Wednesday.

Ball won't play this week against Miami. C.J. Anderson is locked in as the starter.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 01:53:00 PM

The Denver Post reports Montee Ball will be sidelined 2-3 weeks after aggravating his groin injury in Sunday's loss to the Rams.

That's actually good news after Ball missed five games the first time around. We wouldn't have been surprised to see him land on injured reserve. With Ronnie Hillman (foot) also expected to miss another week, the Broncos will go forward with undrafted rookies Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs behind C.J. Anderson. Anderson will be in the RB1 mix against the Dolphins. Ball can be safely dropped in 12-14 team leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Nov 17, 2014 05:09:00 PM

Montee Ball is headed for a Monday MRI on his groin.

Ball aggravated the groin injury that caused him to miss the previous five games. The Denver Post suspects that he'll be out longer than Julius Thomas (ankle) or Emmanuel Sanders (concussion), and we fear Ball could be done for the season. C.J. Anderson continues to trend up in a big way as Ronnie Hillman (foot) could be out up to six weeks.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:57:00 PM

Montee Ball re-injured his groin in Week 11 against the Rams.

Ball limped off the field after his first play back from a five-game absence. He tried to re-enter, but popped the groin again trying to make a catch out of the backfield. Ball's season may be over. And with Ronnie Hillman (foot) also staring at an extended absence, it's all C.J. Anderson and Juwan Thompson.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 02:15:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday Countdown that the Broncos will continue to ride the "hot hand" at running back in their Week 11 game against the Rams.

"Whoever gets the hot hand, they'll ride that hot hand," were Mort's words. C.J. Anderson is expected to start the game, but Montee Ball and Juwan Thompson could both be involved. The upside on Anderson is inarguable, but there is risk involved, too, because his workload lacks certainty. He should be viewed as a high-ceiling RB2 play against the Rams. Ball is a risky flex. Anderson has not made much noise this season beyond goal-line TDs on fluky fullback dives.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Montee Ball (groin) is listed as probable for Week 11.

Ball's workload is unclear, but he'll be out there against the Rams. Most signs point toward Ball being eased into the lineup, with C.J. Anderson as the tentative favorite for carries. But the approach will be "hot hand."
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 04:29:00 PM