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Old 06-25-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Just something to read.

I really liked this signing, and it feels like we've got our deepest group of RBs in a very long time

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_12676056

It's funny, the things that Correll Buckhalter considers to be blessings.

Things like knee injuries three of them, all season-ending or the addition of a star-in-the-making rookie running back like Knowshon Moreno.

Another player might consider any one of those things, let alone the combination, to be a curse, but not the Broncos' Buckhalter, who somehow has managed to preserve a glass-half-full perspective after eight often-frustrating seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"At this point in my career, the more that you can share, the better your body can be," Buckhalter said. "I'm not one of those guys coming in feeling like, 'I've got to get all the carries and all the reps.' I'm a guy coming into this to

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compete to my fullest ability to be the No. 1 back, but whatever (coach Josh McDaniels) has for us, whether I'm in on one package or three or four different packages, I'm going to give everything I got. I'm not greedy."
He never has known any other way.

Buckhalter split carries while in college at Nebraska with another running back and also with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Eric Crouch.

When Buckhalter arrived in Philadelphia as a rookie in 2001, he split carries with veteran Duce Staley. In recent years, he was the No. 2 back to Pro Bowler Brian Westbrook.

Buckhalter was productive, yes, with 682 yards rushing and an average of 4.9 yards per carry during the past two seasons, but he was never a star.

And now he's preparing to be part of another committee, along with Moreno, fellow veteran free-agent addition LaMont Jordan and Peyton Hillis, who also plays fullback.

"I'm used to it. Nowadays in this league, lots of teams use two or three running backs," Buckhalter said. "There are not that many guys in the league anymore that are just that single guy only a handful. That's what it has evolved to, and I'm fine with that. It's been that way for me for a while."

Perhaps some of Buckhalter's perspective comes from the time he spent sidelined with knee injuries. First, he tore his left ACL during an offseason practice in the spring of 2002 and missed the entire season.

He returned to play in 2003, but spent all of the 2004 and 2005 seasons on injured reserve after twice rupturing the patellar tendon in his right knee, both times in the preseason.

"It was like, 'You have to be kidding me!' " said Broncos safety Brian Dawkins, Buckhalter's teammate from 2001-08 in Philadelphia. "It was so tough to see him go through all of that, especially because of when he first got there, how much promise he had, and what we was going to bring to our football team."

Buckhalter said few people believed he would be able to return to football after the consecutive injuries, yet he has managed to stay mostly healthy since the start of the 2006 season. It helps, he said, that he dropped 10 pounds, treats his body better and hasn't endured the same amount of pounding as most 30-year-old running backs.

"It's been a blessing, the injuries I had in '04 and '05. They kind of helped my body stay fresh at the same time, and that's why I feel this way now, that I'm a very fresh guy," said Buckhalter, who has rushed for 2,155 yards and 18 touchdowns in his NFL career.

McDaniels said the Denver staff targeted Buckhalter in free agency because coaches felt he had "multidimensional" skills that would allow him to succeed in the role of a traditional running back and also in the passing game as a blocker or receiver.

"His body is young," McDaniels said. "He just might be, as a matter of fact, I think he is, our fastest back. He's got a great burst and he's got great long speed.

"To add a guy to our offense that is very unselfish and is going to accept whatever role he earns is great, and he's going to play his butt off."
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Old 06-25-2009, 10:48 PM   #2
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Buckhalter seems to think he's going to share carries. From what I've read about this signing, he seems destined for goal-line duty.

Close quarter, smash mouth football. Oh yeah, that'll extend his career.
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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Buckhalter seems to think he's going to share carries. From what I've read about this signing, he seems destined for goal-line duty.

Close quarter, smash mouth football. Oh yeah, that'll extend his career.
I seem to recall him being a fairly good open field runner, and he's got good hands. For a guy that was hurt a lot, he seemed to be sort of a fan favorite in Philly, which is no easy task.

Sounds like a good attitude, and I expect he and Jordan may end up Broncos fan favorites in the way Pittman was for us last season.
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i dont even think jordan will make the team. what does he bring to the table that the other players dont do better?
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i dont even think jordan will make the team. what does he bring to the table that the other players dont do better?
You might be surprised.

Jordan is a tough runner, has good hands and knows the system. People remember him for his time in Oakland, but he was appreciated in New York, just not as a starter. (Which he wanted to be.)

He seems to be accepting the role of role-player, now... and I think you'll see him making some solid contributions this season.

Remember, Hillis will be likely on the roster as a FB, though he'll line up all over the place.

So...

1. Moreno
2. Buck
3. Jordan
FB - Hillis

I personally think Hillis should be taking half of any carries this team gives, but we'll see how it all pans out.
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You might be surprised.

Jordan is a tough runner, has good hands and knows the system. People remember him for his time in Oakland, but he was appreciated in New York, just not as a starter. (Which he wanted to be.)

He seems to be accepting the role of role-player, now... and I think you'll see him making some solid contributions this season.

Remember, Hillis will be likely on the roster as a FB, though he'll line up all over the place.

So...

1. Moreno
2. Buck
3. Jordan
FB - Hillis

I personally think Hillis should be taking half of any carries this team gives, but we'll see how it all pans out.
i dont really care how they are listed on the roster, i think hillis deserves about 200 carries this year atleast, but i dont think hell get it, prolly closer to 120-150 as well as 50 receptions or so. a good amount for a FB
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i dont really care how they are listed on the roster, i think hillis deserves about 200 carries this year atleast, but i dont think hell get it, prolly closer to 120-150 as well as 50 receptions or so. a good amount for a FB
Agree.

It seems that McDaniels and Co. wanted to keep the running game somewhat in place (and coaches) ... and so I would expect to see some similarities to our old running system. McDaniels is going to watch every play from last season many times, and he's going to see just how effective Hillis was a first down runner.

I'm torn on using him as a "do it all" guy, though. I realize he's capable, but that's how we lost him last year. I'd almost prefer to see him almost strictly taking carries and doing some blocking. But, he's such an athlete that I imagine they'll be splitting him out at times, too.
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You might be surprised.

Jordan is a tough runner, has good hands and knows the system. People remember him for his time in Oakland, but he was appreciated in New York, just not as a starter. (Which he wanted to be.)

He seems to be accepting the role of role-player, now... and I think you'll see him making some solid contributions this season.

Remember, Hillis will be likely on the roster as a FB, though he'll line up all over the place.

So...

1. Moreno
2. Buck
3. Jordan
FB - Hillis

I personally think Hillis should be taking half of any carries this team gives, but we'll see how it all pans out.
i think it will play out with Moreno getting around 15 a game(more towards end of the season possibly) Buckhalter spelling him around 5-8 carries a game, Jordan in on goal line or short yardage situations. with Hillis getting occasional carries but being used more in the receiving game.
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Agree.

It seems that McDaniels and Co. wanted to keep the running game somewhat in place (and coaches) ... and so I would expect to see some similarities to our old running system. McDaniels is going to watch every play from last season many times, and he's going to see just how effective Hillis was a first down runner.

I'm torn on using him as a "do it all" guy, though. I realize he's capable, but that's how we lost him last year. I'd almost prefer to see him almost strictly taking carries and doing some blocking. But, he's such an athlete that I imagine they'll be splitting him out at times, too.
Hillis being used in all three roles provides significant advantage as to what the offense can do with him on the field. Teams will have to account for him even in the fullback role much like they had to with Howard Griffith, even more so. Overusing him last year was not the source of his injury. He put his body in a vulnerable position in making a spectacular play and unfortunately paid the price for it.

Is it wise to use him as a every down player, maybe not. He kind of reminds me of an offensive equivalent to Karl Mecklenberg. Does he posess the same downfield capability that Tony Scheffler provides when he splits out, Scheffler may be a bigger target? He certainly provides many options and puts pressure on the defense. What I really love about him, he runs down hill and gets the tough yards to move the chains. He is a great 3rd down back. This is what I have missed since TD with our running backs (okay Mike Anderson was pretty effective).
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Not enough footballs for Hillis, Buckhalter, Jordan, Moreno, and when camp starts you still have to watch out for Torain who will surprise people.

Jordan and/or Torain will be the odd man looking out... and both are good running backs.
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Correll Buckhalter's knees are made of glass.

Another 'great' signing from McDaniels. [rolls eyes]
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