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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%: 86/38 | Average Draft Position: 10.77
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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."


Peyton: Montee Ball can handle new role


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/16/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said running back Montee Ball has a great opportunity now that Knowshon Moreno is gone as a free agent to Miami.

"I thought Montee had a great year," Manning said. "I thought he learned a lot in his first year. In my past, I've seen a lot of development in guys from their first year to their second year. There is no question with the loss of Knowshon — who was just nothing short of awesome for us this past year and was a great teammate — that Montee is going to have more responsibilities, and I think he will answer that challenge. I think he has the work ethic, I think he has the mental capabilities to handle the workload and I look forward to having a full offseason with him. He didn't have a full one last year because of being a rookie, so I look forward to getting even closer with him as far as being on the same page."


No Knowshon means no roadblock for Montee Ball


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/27/2014) I'd like to extend my best wishes to Knowshon Moreno on reportedly agreeing to terms with the Dolphins on a one-year deal. But it's mainly because a situation that could have been complicated is now pretty crystal clear: Montee Ball is the Broncos' sure-fire running back this season. 

In an upcoming story here on CBSSports.com I wrote about Ball and what was good and bad about his game. While I don't think he's an exceptional, rare running back talent, the fact is that he's a very good back with the most golden of opportunities in the NFL: working alongside Peyton Manning. 

Moreno's 2013 season is the perfect example: Like Ball, he's a good running back but no one will confuse him for Walter Payton. But because he worked in an offense with one of the best quarterbacks in the league and a passing game that featured so many dangerous threats, he overachieved. Ball is now in line for the exact same thing. 

Ball is now in my Top 12 among running backs and figures to be a Top 20 pick (if not Top 15 pick) in drafts this summer. 


Montee Ball staring at huge opportunity


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2014) With Knowshon Moreno headed to the Dolphins, Montee Ball should enter the season as the Broncos' starting running back. It's a huge opportunity, as he'll get plenty of scoring opportunities in the league's top offense. 

Ball will run against nickel and dime defenses designed to contain Peyton Manning and the passing game. Broncos coach John Fox recently called Ball "a tremendous young player" who improved a lot as his rookie year progressed.

To lock up his starting spot, Ball will have to beat out C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman and possibly a rookie.


Fox wants Montee Ball to make 'good leaps'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) Broncos coach John Fox said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday that he has high expectations for second-year running back Montee Ball.

"He's a tremendous young player," Fox said. "He improved a lot — we needed him to a year ago. I thought he turned into a pro. He understands how to prepare. Sometimes that may take a while. It didn't take him as long. We're looking for him to make good leaps."


Montee Ball's strong finish has Broncos excited


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) After losing a critical fumble Week 12 at the Patriots, Broncos running back Montee Ball finished strong, averaging 5.4 yards over his next 73 carries. He also steadily improved in pass protection.

"He realized how critical every time you touch the ball is in the NFL," running backs coach Eric Studesville told the team's website. "Not that it wasn't important before that, but I think sometimes maybe, it's a little bit of an eye-opener."

Ball is preparing to take over for Knowshon Moreno as Denver's lead back.


Broncos making changes at running back


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/5/2014) The Broncos plan to let Knowshon Moreno leave as a free agent this offseason and go with their young running backs in Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson, reports the Denver Post.

The report says about Moreno "the Broncos appear willing to let him go in exchange for pushing second-year backs Ball and Anderson up a notch." And Ronnie Hillman will get a chance to help out as well.

The main benefactor is Ball, and the report says the "Broncos want to give Ball the first chance at becoming their No. 1 running back in 2014."

Anderson will be No. 2, and Hillman will work into the rotation as well. The Broncos will also look to bring in a veteran, and the report says free agent options include Darren McFadden, Donald Brown and James Starks.


Expectations high for Montee Ball


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Broncos coach John Fox said Thursday that he expects Montee Ball to improve in 2014.

"Obviously we think very highly of him," Fox said per the Denver Post. "I thought he had tremendous growth as a rookie running back in this league. He got better with every week. We look for a big improvement next year and think he's very, very capable."

Ball could be in line to start for the Broncos depending on what happens to free-agent-to-be Knowshon Moreno this spring. Ball had 559 yards on 120 carries last year with four scores, adding 20 catches for 145 yards. 


Montee Ball ready to take over Denver's backfield


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball never had much of a chance to be the primary rusher for the team in 2013 because of Knowshon Moreno's exploits. But Moreno might be on the move this spring and that would open up the chance at getting the primary workload. 

Ball would jump at that chance. 

"I do want to be a starter, and yeah, I want the football every time," Ball told the Denver Post. "I think I'm going to have a great offseason, and I'm going to have a better season next year for sure."

Ball might have to work on his pass protection, a huge deal in Denver since Peyton Manning is the quarterback, and he also has to hang on tight to the football after fumbling twice in his first 31 carries. But Ball knows he can take what he learned this season and apply it to what he does in the offseason to become a starter. 

"It was a very unfortunate situation for us, obviously, in the Super Bowl, but it gave us a lot to work for," Ball said. "We understand how much it took to get there, and for me as a rookie, it was great to be a part of the process leading up to the Super Bowl, because I truly understand what it takes. And I'm going to play a huge role in next year's success, and I'm really looking forward to it."


Broncos get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) The Broncos got several minor offensive contributions in their Super Bowl loss. Tight end Julius Thomas caught four of six targets for 27 yards, and tight end Jacob Tamme had two catches for 9 yards.

Running back Montee Ball was held to 1 yard on six carries, and he caught two balls for 2 yards. Running back C.J. Anderson carried twice for 9 yards and added a 14-yard catch.


Report: Super Bowl last game for Knowshon Moreno with Denver


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Running back and impending free agent Knowshon Moreno is not expected to return to the Broncos in 2014, according to NFL.com, which is speculating that the team will not be able to sign him.

Moreno enjoyed a strong season with 1,038 yards on 241 carries for a 4.3 yards-per-carry average. He added 60 catches for 548 yards and finished with 13 touchdowns rushing and receiving.

The Broncos could use Montee Ball as their featured back next year. He averaged 4.7 yards per attempt in 2013.


Montee Ball gets 15 touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball ran 12 times for 43 yards and caught three of four targets for 13 yards in the AFC Championship Game victory over the Patriots. Ball continues to see increased work toward the end of the season.

Starter Knowshon Moreno exited in the fourth quarter with a chest injury, so Ball finished the game as Denver ran out the clock. Ball should get another sizable workload in Super Bowl XLVIII.


Montee Ball not getting job done


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/16/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball is not a quality Fantasy option in any Playoff Challenge league heading into the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Ball did a nice job in his first playoff game last week against the Chargers with 10 carries for 52 yards. But five Fantasy points is about what you can expect from him barring an injury to Knowshon Moreno or if he somehow scores a touchdown. He hasn't scored now in four consecutive games, and 10 carries has been his high over that span, which he did twice.

Ball had seven carries for 40 yards and a fumble at New England in Week 12 with three catches for 17 yards. But he's only going to spell Moreno in this matchup, and his workload could be limited.

New England has also allowed just six running backs to score on the ground this year, and Moreno has the better chance to find the end zone than Ball. Keep in mind Moreno had 37 carries for 224 yards and a touchdown at the Patriots in the first meeting. With the Super Bowl on the line, don't expect much from Ball. He's a low-end starting option at best.


Montee Ball averages 5.2 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Broncos running back Montee Ball carried 10 times for 52 yards in the playoff win over the Chargers, the second straight game in which he's received 10 totes. Ball was not targeted in the passing game.

Ball, who has double-digit touches in six of his past eight games, plays the Patriots in next week's AFC Championship Game.


Montee Ball nearly tallies 100 yards of total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Broncos running back Montee Ball turned in a solid performance as he nearly tallied 100 yards of total offense during Sunday's win over the Raiders in Week 17.

Ball broke for a 21-yard run in the first play of the second half, his longest run of the day. He led the team with 72 yards on 10 carries, averaging 7.2 yards per attempt. He also caught all three of his targets for 22 yards in a 34-14 victory.

Ball has 120 carries for 559 yards and four touchdowns this season. The Broncos will get a first round bye before hosting their first playoff game.

Montee Ball has 32 rushing yards in win


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Broncos running back Montee Ball had four carries for 32 yards in Sunday's 37-13 win over the Texans. Ball now has seven carries over his past two games, after getting 28 in his previous two. 

The team's starter, Knowshon Moreno, had 11 carries. And Ronnie Hillman saw the garbage time work, as Ball popped up intermittenly throughout the game. While the 32 yards were an improvement over Week 15 (-1 rushing yards), Ball seems to have yielded back carries to Moreno. 

With the Broncos having wrapped up a first-round bye, there is a chance Ball gets extensive carries next Sunday, as Moreno may rest. The Broncos play the Raiders in Week 17. 


Montee Ball still worth some Fantasy consideration


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/17/2013) Broncos running back Montee Ball did not have the Week 15 that many expected. After seeing 32 combined touches over Weeks 13 and 14, Ball had just three carries (and five receptions) in a Week 15 Fantasy disaster against the Chargers.

The performance was a huge disappointment, but it's not reason enough to totally discount Ball from having relevance against Houston. The Texans have allowed 120.9 rushing yards per game to opponents -- the ninth-most in the league. They've allowed a running back to score a touchdown in five straight games (giving up seven total in that span). While Knowshon Moreno is still the lead back in Denver, there's a case to be made that Ball was working his way into more carries (whether to rest Moreno or prevent his ankle from re-aggravation), and that line of thinking still applies here. 

The matchup isn't as good as it was in Week 15, but Ball could fall back into his pre-Chargers game groove, and flirt with Fantasy relevance (6-10 Fantasy points in standard formats) against the Texans. 

Don't bench a slam-dunk starter for Ball, but if there's a shaky flex situation (Jarrett Boykin/LeGarrette Blount), Ball could be a decent bounceback start. 


Montee Ball finishes in the red in losing effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) Broncos running back Montee Ball simply couldn't get it going on the ground Thursday, in a 27-20 loss to the Chargers in Week 15.

Ball, who broke out with 77 yards on 15 carries last week, lost yards Thursday. He rushed the ball just three times for -1 yards, though he did have a solid day through the air. He hauled in all four passes thrown his way for 44 yards, the best receiving game of his season.

Ball entered the game with just 12 receptions for 74 yards, so this was his most impactful game in that facet. He now has 106 carries for 455 yards on the ground, heading into Week 16 against the Texans. 


Montee Ball on a roll


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/10/2013) Broncos running back Montee Ball has three touchdowns over his last four games, and three games with 11 or more Fantasy points in that span. He has averaged 14 carries and 97 rushing yards in the last two games.

Week 15 brings a matchup against the Chargers, who have allowed five touchdowns to running backs over the last four games. And in what is maybe the closest parallel to the Denver run game, the Chargers gave up 149 rushing yards and a touchdown to the Bengals backs in Week 13. 

Ball has seen an increased role since Knowshon Moreno hurt his ankle in Week 12. Moreno went from 64 total attempts in Weeks 11 and 12, to 29 in Weeks 13 and 14. He's not out of the rotation, but it makes sense for Denver to rest their starter and give Ball some opportunities as the season winds down and the Broncos prepare for the playoffs. 

While Ball has some fumble issues -- he has three on the season -- he's getting more involved in the game, and is in good position to have a decent game on Thursday night against the Chargers. 

Don't bench a top-flight back for Ball, but if you're deciding between him and a Danny Woodhead/Rashard Mendenhall type, Ball might be the way to go.