Aug 6, 2012
With most of the focus at Denver Broncos training camp surrounding Peyton Manning, veteran Willis McGahee has quietly supplanted himself as the clear number one running back.
According to a report in the Denver Post by Lindsay H. Jones, McGahee looks to be the main horse for head coach John Fox this season.
“He has clearly been the No. 1 running back in training camp and has been getting the veteran treatment through the first two weeks of practice.” writes Jones. “He will take all of the first repetitions but cede other snaps to the younger guys behind him, such as Lance Ball, Jeremiah Johnson and Xavier Omon.”
With the majority of NFL teams moving towards using a running back -by- committee approach, adding a back like McGahee at his current ADP of 41st overall is a sound move by fantasy owners.
Although the former Miami star is 30 years old and the addition of Manning will likely limit his carries from the previous season, the Denver offense as a whole should be more productive and will afford McGahee more red zone chances.