Willis McGahee has reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with the Denver Broncos. The stout tailback was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2003, but he has spent the past four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens.
The question Denver fans are asking around the world is: How will the backfield shake out?
Despite being used primarily as a backup for Ray Rice in Baltimore, McGahee is by no means a bad ball carrier. In 2007, he carried the ball 294 times for 1,207 yards.
McGahee is expected to share carries with both Knowshon Moreno and Mario Fannin, while LenDale White is likely to be cut or traded, and Lance Ball will probably return to the practice squad.
The three-pronged backfield will be spearheaded by Knowshon Moreno. The tailback is entering his third season in the league, and it will be important for him to remain healthy to once and for all shake off the bust remarks.
Actually, Moreno’s 4.3 yards per carry is on par with the average among starting tailbacks in the league. So if he can stay healthy in 2011, there is no reason why he should not surpass the 1,000-yard milestone.
Mario Fannin is an intriguing prospect. The talented running back ran a solid 40-time of 4.38 at the NFL combine while weighing 231 pounds. The reason he was not drafted is because he has problems securing the ball.
We feel confident that John Fox will be able to cure Fannin’s fumblitis, and as soon as that happens, watch out! Here comes a beast.
If we were going to compare Willis McGahee to anyone, we would compare him to Peyton Hillis. He is simply a big guy that carries the ball well.
Mind you, before Ray Rice came out of nowhere, McGahee was the No. 1 back in Baltimore.
Even though he has been a backup over the last two seasons, he is without a doubt one of the top reasons why the Ravens’ running game has excelled over the last few seasons. It always helps to have a big back to complement a shifty running back.
The fullback position is not a priority in many offensive schemes nowadays. However, for run-first coaches such as John Fox, the fullback will always be a vital part of the team’s success.
Vonta Leach is still a free agent, and the Denver Broncos must surely be interested in signing him. He was the only fullback that made the players’ "Top 100 Players in the NFL" list, and is a force to be reckoned with.
Look for the Denver Broncos to conclude their business this offseason by signing a fullback. It was evident in 2010 that the team desperately needed an upgrade over starting fullback, Spencer Larsen.
If the deal with Vonta Leach happens, there will be many reasons to be excited about the Denver Broncos’ backfield in 2011.