Pittsburgh May Have Saved The Broncos Season
The Denver Broncos, fresh off a comeback victory over the Browns, are in desperate need for a healthy body in the back field. Their back field has been absolutely destroyed by injuries this year with Michael Pittman and Andre Hall already on IR. Selvin Young is currently nursing a groin injury and rookie Ryan Torain is out for the season.
Luckily, the Pittsburgh Steelers may very well have the answer to Denver's problem. Backup RB Najeh Davenport was recently released just five weeks after they brought him back following a number of injuries.
Davenport played in the AFC wild card game against the Jacksonville Jaguars during last season's playoffs.
Even though Willie Parker isn't expected to play against the Indianapolis Colts this week and first round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall is out for the season, the Steelers feel they have a competent backup in Mewelde Moore.
In his two-plus season tenure with the Steelers, Davenport has run for 798 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 4.3 yards per carry. He also has three reception touchdowns.
Not bad numbers for a backup.
When I started hearing about all the injuries Denver was suffering from I told my friends I bet they're disappointed that Shaun Alexander was no longer a free agent.
Now, they have an opportunity to bring in an experienced back who could very well spark some ground game for the throw-first Broncos.
Let's face it, Najeh is better then the alternative, rookie Peyton Hillis. Hillis carried the ball eight times for 24 yards on Sunday and is the lone healthy RB on the roster.
If the Broncos can re-establish the running game then they can take pressure off their porous defense as well as minimize the pressure on Jay Cutler.
I'm not saying a backup RB who was just cut by his team is going to catapult the Broncos to the Super Bowl, but he could help them survive a few close games and maybe even get them to the playoffs.
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