John Elway’s third pick, #71, was a three down thumper from University of Oregon. The Duck racked up 5,621 rushing yards on 947 attempts, 5.9 yards per carry. 814 receiving yards on 79 attempts. Not a typo. In fours years, he never played less than 11 games in a season, so he may have a lot of yards; however, he stayed healthy.
A common refrain we’re hearing, “I had no idea it would be the Broncos. With things like this, you just don’t know where you are going to end up or where you are going to go. I definitely am appreciative to be a part of this winning culture. As far as my running style, I say that I can do a lot of things. I can do a lot of power running back style. I also feel like I have the ability to be able to get to the outside.”
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“I want to be the one to deliver that blow and I think as a running back, that is definitely important.”
Be still our hearts, he’s figuratively bringing the People’s Elbow!
Denver only has two running backs, he says he wants to compete, but he won’t have a lot to overcome.
“I feel like I have a chance to go in there and compete with other running backs that are there. There are pretty good running backs who are there already. Just being there and competing with those guys.”
THE CALL, “I can’t even. Just watching the TV and not knowing how it was going to play out. With my family, they were very supportive and always positive throughout the draft. When I received the call, my phone was on loud, I saw the area code and I was excited. I was turnt up.”
Not sure if Case Keenum and Paxton Lynch knows this, if so, I’m sure big smiles ensued,
“In pass-blocking, I’m able to use my size very well. I feel like I can hold down space and I also can use my size to block guys that maybe some other backs can’t. As far as getting out of the backfield, I feel like I can do it all. I feel like I can block, split out wide and go out and catch the ball for the team, and I can get the check-down. Anything you can do in the passing game, and however you can be utilized, that’s what I can do.” Yes, please. Bring it on!
He explains his long history of staying healthy.
“It’s definitely a process, but you have to just take it slow. You make sure that you do all you can do to take care of yourself. Go in for treatment and make sure you’re taking care of your body first because it is your vessel and your tool that you have in this game. That’s helped me get have the production that I have so far in my career.”
Broncos Country is praying that continues in Denver.