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Rookie running back Montee Ball could be asked to carry a heavy load for the Broncos.
Question: Can the Broncos discover a legitimate ground attack?
In 2012, the Broncos offense was one of the league's most feared units, led by quarterback Peyton Manning. Continued dominance at the quarterback position should follow in 2013, as well.
Where they struggled, however, was running the ball. They averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in 2012, the eighth-lowest average in the NFL, despite having the ninth-most rushing attempts.
So, clearly, they'd be very happy with more balance in their offense, but they can only attain that with more consistency in the ground game.
The Broncos released running back Willis McGahee earlier this offseason, thereby saying goodbye to their leading rusher over the past two seasons. Knowshon Moreno took McGahee's spot in the lineup after McGahee went down with an injury last season, but as Moreno battles back from a knee surgery of his own, there's no guarantee he will make the final roster.
It looks like the burden could fall on rookie Montee Ball, drafted by the Broncos in the second round with the 58th overall pick in this year's draft. Ball is no stranger to being a bell-cow, though, after totaling 924 carries in his college career at Wisconsin, including a whopping 356 as a senior.
On a team without very many question marks, the Broncos don't have much to be concerned about, but the running game presents the only potential weak link.