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Old 02-17-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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The Broncos are presumed to be in the market for a running back when free agency begins, but sources say the team won’t break the bank for one. Giants RB Derrick Ward has been mentioned as a potential target of the Broncos, but Denver’s coaching staff is still very high on Ryan Torain and Peyton Hillis, each of whom is coming off an injury in his rookie year, so the club likely won’t feel the need to overpay for a free agent.

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Old 02-17-2009, 08:36 AM   #2
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I like Ward, but don't want to pay him $4M per year. Stay the course with Torain and Hillis. Free agent RBs rarely live up to their contracts.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:39 AM   #3
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i like Ward a lot...tough runner with breakaway speed...can also return kicks

they should give him to us since we gave them Hixon
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:39 AM   #4
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I'm betting we draft a speedy complimentary back instead.

If Moreno runs a less than stellar 40 he could actually fall into our laps in the 2nd, I could see that working out real well.
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I wouldn't mind seeing Fred Taylor come in and mentor Torain and Hillis, couldn't hurt. He's made good money already and he may like the idea of getting paid (not breaking the bank) and playing in a true ZB running scheme.
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Whats the over-under on how many games Torain makes it through this year?
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:45 AM   #7
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I wouldn't mind seeing Fred Taylor come in and mentor Torain and Hillis, couldn't hurt. He's made good money already and he may like the idea of getting paid (not breaking the bank) and playing in a true ZB running scheme.
I would rather have Kaylore go in and mentor our running backs....Fred Taylor has more miles on him then my 1985 Civic
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:46 AM   #8
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Yeah, I'm sure when McDaniel's and Turner sat down to review tape, watching Hillis smash and bust through defenders on one play and then look like a WR catching over the shoulder passes with grace on the next, they knew they had something special.

I seriously doubt we bring in a back to compete for the starting job. I think we will draft or sign a speedy shifty guy to compliment Hillis and Torrain.
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Whats the over-under on how many games Torain makes it through this year?
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If everyone is saying we are going to maybe draft a speedy shifty guy...why did we cut Alridge?
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:57 AM   #11
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I wouldn't mind seeing Fred Taylor come in and mentor Torain and Hillis, couldn't hurt. He's made good money already and he may like the idea of getting paid (not breaking the bank) and playing in a true ZB running scheme.
I don't think bringing a guy with the nickname "Fragile Freddy" is a very good idea coming off a year when we lost seven backs.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:02 AM   #12
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the thing about torain is he sorta had a bad draw as far as injuries. all of them were freak occurances, and if he can make it through that he may be good to go for a long time...
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Ward=this years Michael Turner
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Well it's good to see that even with a new coach, we are still rumored to be interested in every single running back available. This is how all of those editorial meetings go:

Editor: Let's see, [running back] just got released by the [team]. Where do you think he might end up?

Reporter: Hmmm, that's a tough one. Well, Denver likes running backs, and they are always running the ball. Maybe that would be a good fit.

Editor: Perfect! Print it.

Reporter: But we have no real story, I mean it's not like we've heard from anyone that they are interested...

Editor: Denver is interested. There now you just heard it.

Reporter: Great! I'll get right on it.
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Totally laughable. Go take a look at what he did when Jacobs was hurt.

Hint: nothing.
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I don't think bringing a guy with the nickname "Fragile Freddy" is a very good idea coming off a year when we lost seven backs.
The dude has alot of injuries, yet he's still performing. Why the hell is that such a bad thing?

If anything, it will teach the young guys how to play hurt, and to work through adversity.

I've watch Taylor for alot of years and I've grown to respect his ability to perform year after year, dispite injuries.

Plus, he's a vet. He can be a stablizing influence on the young guys. This team will need a vet or two to, esp. on defense.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:10 AM   #17
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If Moreno runs a less than stellar 40 he could actually fall into our laps in the 2nd, I could see that working out real well.
You really think there's any chance Moreno makes it out of the first round? I know mocks are ridiculous but every one I look at has him a top 20 pick.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:14 AM   #18
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Well it's good to see that even with a new coach, we are still rumored to be interested in every single running back available. This is how all of those editorial meetings go:

Editor: Let's see, [running back] just got released by the [team]. Where do you think he might end up?

Reporter: Hmmm, that's a tough one. Well, Denver likes running backs, and they are always running the ball. Maybe that would be a good fit.

Editor: Perfect! Print it.

Reporter: But we have no real story, I mean it's not like we've heard from anyone that they are interested...

Editor: Denver is interested. There now you just heard it.

Reporter: Great! I'll get right on it.
It's funny because it's true. Especially when you re-read it.

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The Broncos are presumed to be in the market for a running back when free agency begins
So right there they admit it's a presumption.
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but sources say the team won’t break the bank for one.
Usually they cite what kind of source (team sources, front office source, league sources) but here it's generic. It could be my Dad (I bet it is.)
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Giants RB Derrick Ward has been mentioned as a potential target of the Broncos,

Just like you said, it said Ward was mentioned as a potential target. It doesn't say the source mentioned him. He heard it in the hallway for all we know.
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but Denver’s coaching staff is still very high on Ryan Torain and Peyton Hillis, each of whom is coming off an injury in his rookie year, so the club likely won’t feel the need to overpay for a free agent.
This is the only part that actually says the team itself feels a certain way.

So it's probably just a way to make news out of no news.
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Totally laughable. Go take a look at what he did when Jacobs was hurt.

Hint: nothing.
I went and looked, and he wasn't overly dominate, but he was solid. I like the way he runs, not sure if he is a feature back but I think he would be a guy to look at.
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but Denver’s coaching staff is still very high on Ryan Torain and Peyton Hillis, each of whom is coming off an injury in his rookie year, so the club likely won’t feel the need to overpay for a free agent.
This is the only part that actually says the team itself feels a certain way.

So it's probably just a way to make news out of no news.
That is the be all, end all insurance policy. This way they can claim the honor if Ward happens to sign with us, and on the other hand if he doesn't, even if no RB signs with us they won't look like idiots.

Basicly this story reads:

Derrick Ward may or may not sign with the Broncos.

Which is true, since the the options are complementory, he will either do one or the other no matter what happens. (There is some finite but negligible chance he will do both, which I won't consider in detail).
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Totally laughable. Go take a look at what he did when Jacobs was hurt.

Hint: nothing.
1,025 rushing yards at a league best 5.6 ypc, plus 41 rec for 384. Other than his age (he turns 29 in Aug, old for a RB) what's not to like? That said, you don't want to overpay for him and somebody probably will.
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1,025 rushing yards at a league best 5.6 ypc, plus 41 rec for 384. Other than his age (he turns 29 in Aug, old for a RB) what's not to like? That said, you don't want to overpay for him and somebody probably will.
Maybe you didn't read my post, because the numbers you just posted have nothing to do with it.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:59 AM   #23
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I'm betting we draft a speedy complimentary back instead.

If Moreno runs a less than stellar 40 he could actually fall into our laps in the 2nd, I could see that working out real well.
This is exactly what I'm hoping for. It would be just short of a miracle, but here's hoping
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Old 02-17-2009, 10:29 AM   #24
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