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The Denver Post believes the Broncos will be "hard pressed" to turn back to Montee Ball (groin) as their lead running back when healthy.

We don't think it's likely at all. Ronnie Hillman has given Denver's offense an entirely new dimension with big-play ability on outside runs, whereas Ball struggled mightily when he was asked to move laterally. Ball was effective in a change-of-pace role behind Knowshon Moreno down the stretch last season. That may be his role upon return. Although he is being pulled on goal-line runs, Hillman has a chance to provide borderline RB1 value the rest of the way.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 24 - 1:37 PM

Juwan Thompson rushed seven times for 24 yards and two touchdowns in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Thompson vultured workhorse Ronnie Hillman for two- and one-yard scores in the second half. The touchdowns were his second and third of the season. Thompson has been running well as a situational hammer, but will likely lose that role upon Montee Ball's (groin) return.
Oct 24 - 12:34 AM

Wes Welker caught 2-of-2 targets for five yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Welker's biggest impact of the night came when he fell on Emmanuel Sanders' fourth-quarter fumble. Welker has now been limited to six grabs for 63 yards and a touchdown over his past three games. We know Peyton Manning likes to get his weapons going after slow stretches, but Welker is shaping up a distant fourth on the Broncos' targets totem pole. He's settling in as a low-upside WR3/4.
Oct 24 - 12:24 AM

Julius Thomas caught 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Both the catches and yards were Thomas' fewest of the season. The zero-score effort was also Thomas' second straight after he started off 2014 with nine touchdowns across his first five games. The scoring rate was bound to regress, but Thomas will remain one of the league's very best red-zone threats moving forward. He's a top-three weekly option at tight end.
Oct 24 - 12:21 AM

Demaryius Thomas caught 8-of-12 targets for 105 yards in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Thomas failed to score for the first time since Week 3, but both the 100-yard and eight-catch efforts were his fourth straight. Thomas ate up the Chargers' secondary for yards after the catch, but watched Emmanuel Sanders gobble up all the Broncos' primo end-zone looks. Playing the best football of his already excellent career, Thomas would be an All-Pro were the season to end today.
Oct 24 - 12:13 AM

Ronnie Hillman rushed 20 times for 109 yards in the Broncos' Week 8 win over the Chargers, catching 3-of-4 targets for an additional 29 yards.

The 138 yards from scrimmage were Hillman's most in his three games as starter, but it's his amazingly-bad touchdown luck that will have owners talking on Friday. Hillman had five potential scores wiped away by happenstance and shenanigans. In no particular order, Hillman: Lost a touchdown by stepping out of bounds, had a score wiped out by holding, lost a shot at a goal-line carry thanks to a botched snap and watched Juwan Thompson vulture not one, but two TDs. The good news, if you want to look at it that way, is that Hillman was in position for so many touchdowns, and continues to run circles around the work Montee Ball did before going down with a groin injury. Ball will have a role when he returns, but it's getting harder to believe it won't be as Hillman's caddie.
Oct 23 - 11:56 PM

Emmanuel Sanders caught 9-of-9 targets for 120 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Sanders added one rush for six yards. Sanders entered the game with only one touchdown, but exited it by joining Brandon Marshall as the only receivers to notch three-score games this season. Sanders' first TD came as he simply ran around long enough to get open in the end zone. For the second, he toasted Richard Marshall for a 31-yard catch-and-run. The third was a simple slant he caught in the painted area. The only blemish was a fumble that the Broncos thankfully recovered. Sanders will enter the Broncos' Week 9 trip to New England the owner of a 47/634/4 line, and as a legit WR1.
Oct 23 - 11:45 PM

Peyton Manning completed 25-of-35 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Denver's 35-21, Week 8 win over the Chargers.

Touchdowns No. 511, 512 and 513 all went to Emmanuel Sanders, who entered the game with one score on the season. Manning simply picked apart a secondary missing Brandon Flowers and Jason Verrett, and is now up to 22 touchdowns through seven games. That puts him on pace for 50, which would amazingly be five fewer than he tossed last season. Manning has 10 days to rest up for nemesis New England in Week 9.
Oct 23 - 11:35 PM

Broncos WR Cody Latimer is active for Week 8 against the Chargers.

It's the first time Latimer has been active since Week 1. He's expected to contribute mainly on special teams with LB Steven Johnson (ankle) inactive. Also inactive for the Broncos are RB Montee Ball, RB Kapri Bibbs, CB Omar Bolden, OG Ben Garland, OT Michael Schofield and DT Mitch Unrein. Ball remains week to week.
Oct 23 - 7:00 PM

The Broncos do not expect to do new contracts with Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas until after the season is over.

This doesn't mean the Broncos are necessarily going to lose their superstars. Both Demaryius and Julius are in the final year of their rookie deals, yet GM John Elway will have a window between the end of the season and the free agency period to get new contracts done. He could also slap one with the franchise tag. If allowed to hit the market, Julius will at least get what Jimmy Graham recently landed (four years, $40M with $20.9 guaranteed) and Demaryius will rightfully be asking for Calvin Johnson money (eight years, $150.5M with $60 million guaranteed).
Oct 23 - 8:24 AM

The Broncos promoted RB Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad before he was drawing interest from the Bills.

Bibbs' promotion raised eyebrows since the Broncos already have Montee Ball, C.J. Anderson, Juwan Thompson and Ronnie Hillman on the 53-man roster, but they didn't want to lose Bibbs to Buffalo. An undrafted rookie out of Colorado State, Bibbs is a power back at 5-foot-9, 212 pounds with 4.67 wheels. He's unlikely to get work outside special teams on Sundays.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 21 - 2:20 PM

Broncos signed RB Kapri Bibbs off their practice squad.

LB Shaquil Barrett was waived in a corresponding move, meaning the Broncos now have four running backs on their 53-man roster. It might be a case of the Broncos wanting to prevent another team from signing Bibbs.
Oct 21 - 10:39 AM

Juwan Thompson managed six carries for 30 yards in Week 7 against the 49ers.

Thompson wasn't involved until late in the third quarter. He didn't play in red-zone or short-yardage situations over Ronnie Hillman. With Montee Ball not expected to return until at least Week 9, Thompson will remain the Broncos' No. 2 back for Thursday night's game against the Chargers.
Oct 20 - 1:49 AM

Julius Thomas secured four-of-six targets for 27 yards in the Broncos' Week 7 win over the 49ers.

It's the first time Thomas has been held out of the end-zone this season. His six targets were behind only Demaryius Thomas. All four of Peyton Manning's touchdowns went to receivers this week. Thomas will look to get back on track against the Chargers on Thursday night.
Oct 20 - 1:24 AM

Wes Welker had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' Week 7 win over the 49ers.

Welker had a 39-yard catch and run down the left sideline for Peyton Manning's record-tying 508th career touchdown. He was able to bounce back after being held to one catch last week, but has only four targets over the last two games. Welker will remain just a WR3 for Thursday night against the Chargers.
Oct 20 - 12:58 AM

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