What type of Running Back do the Broncos Need to Add in the 2020 Offseason?

Erick Trickel

Phillip Lindsay is a good running back for the Denver Broncos, but he does have some areas of his game that he needs to work on. The biggest area? He needs to work on his hands as a receiver out of the backfield. 

This was something he struggled with, so the Broncos started to take his targets away in the second half of the 2019 season. Working on his receiving ability is one thing Lindsay himself has said he plans to work on during this offseason. 

The Broncos have one good running back, but the issues come when you get beyond Lindsay on the depth chart. Royce Freeman just doesn’t have the burst or the vision to be an effective fixture for the Broncos, Devontae Booker and Theo Riddick are free agents, and Khalfani Muhammad had a good preseason, but is still hard to trust at this time. 

This is a team that needs to add a running back this offseason, and many fans are wanting the Broncos to add a power back to complement Lindsay. That may not be the best approach for Denver, however, and in the video above, I break down exactly why that is.

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For what the Broncos really need, there are many backs in the 2020 NFL Draft class that can fill that role. The Broncos aren't expected to target a running back in the first two rounds, but round three or on day three, that's where the team will likely strike. 

Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of LSU is a true third-down back that can run, catch and block. If he declares, he will likely be on the Broncos board, but he may end up a second-round pick. 

As good as Edwards-Helaire is, he's unlikely to last until day three and that's okay, because there are a number of other backs the Broncos could target. LeVante Bellamy from Western Michigan is great in space, has good vision, and excellent burst, but he may not be the blocker that Denver wants. 

Tony Jones of Notre Dame and DeeJay Dallas of Miami are good three-down options for the Broncos later as well. Word is, the Broncos have spent a lot of time already with Jones at the Shrine Bowl practices. 

This list can go on and on as there are at least 15 RBs that can be day-three options for the Broncos. They don’t need power, but they need a tough runner between the tackles and and one that has the burst for outside zone. 

It is expected for the Broncos to make a few additions to their running back room, but hopefully, it is only through the draft as it is such an easy position to adjust to for the NFL. 

Just remember, finding a 'power back' isn't the most ideal option. Don't forget to check out the video above for the full story. 

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Comments (19)
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B'wana Beast
B'wana Beast

I still think RB is an afterthought until day 3 or prioritized UDFA. If they feel they need someone there is a lot of backs that lose a job after the draft. I saw some plays with Bellamy in the shrine game. He definitely was receiving the ball more than Jones. But, these prospect games are always hard to judge due to the short work time and certain rules. I would not mind Carlos Hyde on a 1 year deal worth 1.5-2 million if he cannot find a team again (lacks the catching ability). Really is a weak FA class for relieving backs (I won’t add Elkler and Gordon, they are not options) best seems to be Theo Riddick and Lamar Miller. Overall, I agree another back is needed. But, it is in this Broncos Fans DNA that running back can be found everywhere.

Broncos61
Broncos61

Alvin Kamara is 5'10" 215lb, Todd Gurley 6'1" 231 lb; Le'Veon Bell 6'1" 225 lb; Ezekiel Elliott 6'0" 225lb, but R. Freeman is 5'11" 238 lb !!!!!, way to heavy what would explain his lack of burst. If he can drop 15 lb , he would sill be a big back, but faster and more nimble.

Jefffrey55
Jefffrey55

Special players is what Denver and every team trying to win the big show needs. Derek Henry is that special quality and talent that is above the rest. Trading up to get Derek Brown should be a no brainer as well. This team has a cheap QB for a short period probably and investing is exactly what to do in my opinion. Building, sifting and scouting is for those contenders teams already brimming with talent. If you don't hit next year you can then organize and compete, but some positions on Denver's team will be vacant soon if not kind of vacant already.

Stallion24
Stallion24

Elway should be working on a trade with Carolina for the Fabulous Christian McCaffrey. He’s just different from other back might be his intellect. He’s the difference maker the Broncos need. Carolina is rebuilding and needs draft choices which Denver has plenty of. All Pro CMC need to come home to Colorado!

Brainco
Brainco

Lindsay is a one trick pony ... quick and agile up the middle. Weak, weak blocker. Not a good checkdown option. Lacking top end speed. Running back is the biggest need the offense has for next season. Even our frequently-criticized OL was ranked #12 in the NFL by PFF.

Lindsay is a warm, fuzzy story, but he’s not what we need to get back to the postseason.

Jefffrey55
Jefffrey55

The only way is if you can convince a Henry that you can be a major contender. Getting Henry convinced might convince Shobert and Bradberry.

MemphisWill
MemphisWill

Patrick Taylor out of Memphis University.a big Back which is needed in the Broncos offense.please Mr. Elway draft this young man.he has speed in the open field.Go Broncos!👍🏽🏈

CUBuffinTX
CUBuffinTX

I like Travis Etienne but I think you would be looking at a 2nd to get him and that is to steep for me. My fall back and I do like him a lot is Zach Moss from Utah. 5-11 222lbs. and faster then you might think. As a receiver he has done well when they throw to him but he is not Helarie or Etienne. But if you like guys that run angry Zach Moss is one tough SOB

Kojigil
Kojigil

Tony Jones has all of the intangibles that cannot be measured. If Denver took him not only would he replace Lindsay he would put up 1500 yards and be the blocker Denver desperately needs for a young QB. He rarely fumbles and almost never goes backwards. Lindsay goes down after being touched by a feather. After the East-West Shrine Game he'll get the invite to the combine and prove it.


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