Broncos’ backfield already thin |

Broncos’ backfield already thin

Jeff Legwold
The Denver Post

There are deposits and there are withdrawals.

An NFL season is a week-to-week slog through the physics of force and mass, so each week the bills come due.

“And you’re going to need a lot of backs,” Broncos running back Correll Buckhalter said. “To get through the season, you’re going to need enough guys back there who can carry the ball and get through a game week after week. I think it’s just that way.”

Welcome to the Broncos’ backfield, already sporting the bruises of August with a full season still waiting on the calendar. Just two of the team’s backs – Peyton Hillis and Darius Walker – have participated in all 25 of the team’s training camp practices, and neither is in line to be the team’s primary


So while there were some eyebrows raised because of the Broncos’ aggressiveness at running back in free agency and the draft, their supply already has been stretched over the past few weeks.

“You need a lot of them,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said. “Everybody knows what happened here last season, and I’ve seen it happen in other places.”

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