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28 Montee Ball RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/215 | Birthdate: 12/5/1990 | Birthplace: McPherson, KS, USA | Team: Denver | College: Wisconsin | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 99/70 | Average Draft Position: 15.04
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Montee Ball not much of a factor in Week 3 loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball wasn't much of a factor in an overtime loss to the Seahawks in Week 3.

Ball coughed up the rock on the first offensive play of the game. He ripped an 8-yard run before he was stripped by Kam Chancellor. Ball was limited to 14 carries for 38 yards, averaging 2.7 yards per attempt. He caught two of the three passes thrown his way for six yards.

Ball has 165 rushing yards through three games. The Broncos will be on a bye before returning to action in Week 5 at home against Arizona.


Week 3 bust alert: Montee Ball


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) We hope Montee Ball fares better than Eddie Lacy and Ryan Mathews this week since the Seahawks have knocked both running backs out in consecutive weeks.

Lacy suffered a concussion and Mathews was carted off with a knee injury. Ball has been OK at best through two games. He had 23 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown and two catches for 16 yards in Week 1 against the Colts and 12 carries for 60 yards and three catches for 29 yards in Week 2 against the Chiefs.

We know Seattle is a tough place to play and only two running backs in the past nine games there have reached double digits in Fantasy points -- Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew and Tampa Bay's Mike James.

If the Broncos are going to win this game it will be with Peyton Manning, not Ball. We would sit Ball if possible in this matchup.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Montee Ball totals 89 yards in win vs. Chiefs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries and gained 29 yards while catching all three of his targets in his team's 24-17 win over the Chiefs Sunday.

The Broncos had the ball for less than 24 minutes and were held under 50 offensive plays thanks in large part to a 10-minute drive by the Chiefs to open the second half. Otherwise, Ball surely would have seen more work in the second half with the Broncos up. He out-touched backup C.J. Anderson 15-5 in the win.

Ball looked better with the ball against the Chiefs than he did in Week 1, averaging five yards per rush after falling short of three yards per rush in his first game. He faces a tough matchup in Week 3, with the Broncos heading to Seattle for a Super Bowl rematch.


Montee Ball grinds it out on 25 touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball carried the load Sunday night against the Colts. He ran 23 times for 67 yards (2.9 ypc) and caught both his targets for 16 yards in the 31-24 victory.

Ball struggled to break loose following a 15-yard gain on his first carry. But he ran hard and showed tremendous second effort on his fourth-quarter touchdown run, shedding a tackle in the backfield to score from 3 yards out.

The Colts knew Denver was going to run the ball with a big lead, so Ball's yards per carry shouldn't be held against him. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry last season.

Ball faces the Chiefs in Week 2.


Montee Ball to get heavy workload Week 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball allayed any concerns about his health in the third preseason game. Nineteen days after undergoing an appendectomy, Ball touched the ball on Denver's first five plays from scrimmage. He got eight touches on the opening drive versus Houston and emerged "none the worse for the wear," per the team's website.

Ball is primed for a heavy workload Sunday night. For one thing, primary backup Ronnie Hillman is not 100 percent. Hillman came down with an undisclosed illness late last week and was taken to a hospital. He returned to practice Monday but was limited.

Ball averaged a healthy 4.7 yards per carry as a rookie, but his finish was especially impressive. After losing a fumble Week 12 at New England, Ball averaged 5.4 yards over his final 73 carries and earned trust as a pass protector.

Ball's strong finish convinced the Broncos to let Knowshon Moreno go. They didn't bring in anyone to challenge Ball.

His first start comes against a Colts defense that ranked 26th in Fantasy points allowed to running backs (19.78) last year. Consider Ball a borderline top-5 option.


Montee Ball 'none the worse for the wear'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Playing 19 days after an appendectomy, Broncos running back Montee Ball "sustained some hits" and emerged "none the worse for the wear," reports the team's website. Ball got eight touches on the opening drive against Houston.

Montee Ball gets eight touches in first preseason drive


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball, who is two-plus weeks removed from appendectomy, made his preseason debut Saturday night against the Texans.

Ball wasn't eased back into work at all, as he received eight touches -- all in the opening drive. He took four handoffs for 13 yards and caught all four of his targets for 21 yards. He was pulled after the first series and appears ready for the season opener. 


Montee Ball ready for preseason action


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is expected to make his preseason debut Saturday against the Texans reports the Denver Post, after missing out on the first two preseason games due to an appendectomy.

Ball was able to practice in full beginning Thursday, just a few days after he was medically cleared for action. 


Montee Ball 'doing a little bit more' each day


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball "is doing a little bit more each day as he makes what might be a rapid return from an appendectomy, but much of his work remains outside of a team structure," reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Ball wore pads Wednesday and worked individually with quarterback Peyton Manning at one point.

"We will continue to upgrade that a little bit tomorrow," coach John Fox said. Ball could play in the fourth preseason game, La Canfora added.

Montee Ball receives full medical clearance


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Just over two weeks since his appendectomy, Broncos running back Montee Ball received full medical clearance, reports the Denver Post. "He's all good to go," coach John Fox said.

Ball participated in individual drills Tuesday. The Broncos have not said when they'll let him return to full-contact practices. Fox added that "we're not going to build the Empire State building in one day."


Montee Ball returns to non-contact practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball, who had an appendectomy 15 days ago, is participating in Tuesday's non-contact practice, reports the Denver Post. Ball did individual drills. It's another indication Ball should be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener against the Colts.

Montee Ball hopes to get cleared for practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball will visit his doctor Monday in hopes of getting to cleared to practice this week, reports the Denver Post. Ball had an appendectomy two weeks ago.

Even if he gains clearance, Ball could be held out of contact, as well as the third preseason game. Still, Ball is itching to get back. "I'm tired of sitting around," he told the paper.


Montee Ball increases physical activity


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball, who is recovering from an appendectomy, has increased his physical activity and has begun jogging, according to The Denver Post.

John Fox: Montee Ball might not need preseason action


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball watched practice Saturday for the first time since having an appendectomy Monday. He's five pounds lighter, but feeling pleased with his progress, reports the Denver Post

"Right now I am getting healthy and strengthening my core, just listening to my body. Just taking it day by day, step by step," Ball said. "When you see me back in pads, you will know I am ready.""

While Ball said he still wants to play in the preseason, coach John Fox "planted the seed" that Ball might not play until the Sept. 7 season opener, the paper said.

"We will play it by ear," Fox said. "We saw him play plenty a year ago. And we saw him plenty this offseason."


Montee Ball aiming for third preseason game


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball was at practice Saturday, but just as a spectator, as he continues to recover from an appendectomy.

"I feel good," Ball told the Denver Post.

Ball is expected to make his preseason debut Aug. 23 against the Texans, in the team's third game. He is also expected to open the season as the team's top running back option despite the surgery. 


Montee Ball should be back 'in plenty of time'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball underwent an emergency appendectomy Monday, but he should be back "in plenty of time" for the regular-season opener, according to Dr. David Chao, a former NFL head team physician. Chao said it typically takes two weeks to return from the procedure, and four weeks to be "full go."

Denver opens the season Sept. 7 against the Colts.


Report: Montee Ball having appendectomy Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is having an emergency appendectomy Monday but is expected to be ready for the Sept. 7 season opener, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ball ran for 558 yards and four touchdowns last year and enters this season as the starter.

Montee Ball thinks he'll get 250 carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) No Broncos running back has gotten 250 carries in a season since Reuben Droughns got 275 in 2004. Montee Ball, who has never started a game, told the Denver Post he "definitely" thinks he can reach 250.

Last year Knowshon Moreno led the team with 241 carries while the rookie Ball got 119. Moreno is in Miami now.

"It's an ideal situation for me, but I am taking nothing for granted," Ball said. "This is a great offense to play in because the defense always has to respect the pass, and Peyton [Manning] creates opportunities for the running backs. It's up to me to make it work to my advantage."


Broncos have faith in Montee Ball


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) The Broncos are putting their faith in running back Montee Ball, reports ESPN.

The report says the Broncos view Ball as the player they "have cleared the way to shine most." The report also adds Ball earned that optimism by how he played down the stretch last season.

He was the most effective runner with the ball in his hands over the last six weeks of the season/postseason. The Broncos have seen vast improvements in his work as both a receiver and blocker in the passing game. 


Broncos focused on improving run game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) The Broncos made several offseason moves designed to improve their running game, reports ESPN.com.

They moved Orlando Franklin to left guard, giving them one of the biggest guard tandems in the league. They drafted receiver Cody Latimer, considered a terrific blocking wideout. And they let running back Knowshon Moreno go in free agency so they could hand the starting job to Montee Ball.

With defenses often playing six or fewer men in the box, Denver believes it can do better than the 4.1 yards per carry it averaged last season.


Montee Ball drawing rave reviews


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball "looks the part" of a starting running back, reports ESPN.

The report says Ball "is ready for a starring role in the run game." It also says Ball showed improvement in recent weeks was as a receiver.

"He has consistently shown he's ready to participate in long-yardage situations as a receiver, even having snared an over-the-shoulder scoring grab or two in red zone drills," the report states. "And while the jury remains out in pass protection until they put the full gear on, he's shown better footwork in the workouts and has positioned himself where he needs to be."


Coach calls Montee Ball 'most improved'


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said this week that running back Montee Ball is not only locked into a starting role but also has grown into his role and improved this offseason.  

"Big strides," Gase said of Ball via a Denver Post video. "I'd say he'd probably be the one guy where he made the most improvement. To see him make the next jump in his second year, we're looking forward to that. ... He brings that full package of good running back, running the ball, catching the ball out of the backfield and protecting."

When asked who was battling for the backup job, Gase said it was wide open among "everybody behind Montee."


Patriots select RB James White in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the 130th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected running back James White from Wisconsin.

White spent his first three seasons at Wisconsin behind Montee Ball. When he took over in 2013, he amassed for 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns on the ground. He also posted 39 receptions for 300 yards and two scores in the passing game. He will likely battle for the third -string spot behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

Starting job is Montee Ball's to lose


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is projected as the starting running back this season ahead of C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman, but he's not taking anything for granted, reports ESPN.

"I know for a fact they're not going to hand it to me, they're going to make sure we all get our opportunities throughout camp and throughout OTAs … but it's going to be who's the most productive," Ball said. "But for me, my mentality is that it is my job."

Denver can still add a running back between now and the draft to challenge Ball, but he's prepared to be the starter come Week 1.

"I don't want them to bring another running back in," Ball said. "I want it to be my job and that’s how I'm approaching it, in the most humble way possible. Like I said, I understand they’re not going to hand it to me, but I'm going to work really, really hard to contribute."


Montee Ball prepping for bigger role


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball said he's preparing himself for a bigger workload through improved nutrition and position-specific workouts, reports the Denver Post. He's focused on pass protection, cutting down his fumbles (three last year) and becoming a more patient runner.

"The (defenders) are smarter, faster and bigger," Ball told the paper. "I have to learn patience, too. You have to take what they give you. You are not going to be getting 30- or 20-yard runs like in college."

Ball, 23, said he learned a lot watching Knowshon Moreno, who signed with the Dolphins in free agency.

"I wish him the best, that's the for sure. We are great friends on and off the field. I learned a lot from him. I am very glad I had the opportunity to play with him, The one thing that I take from his mentality," Ball said. "He is going to make sure he does everything right, and not be the guy that makes mistakes."