On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., Aug. 28, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM MDT Denver Broncos Cheerleaders 2015 Calendar Release Party

    Join the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders for their 2015 Calendar Release Party, Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the Taven Downtown, 1949 Market St.

  • Thu., Aug. 28, 2014 6:00 PM MDT Denver Broncos at Dallas Cowboys The Denver Broncos travel at AT&T Stadium to face the Dallas Cowboys in the final preseason game of the 2014 season. The game will be broadcast on KTVD (TV) and 850 AM KOA & 103.5 FM The Fox (Radio).
  • Sun., Aug. 31, 2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT Broncos/Sports Authority Back to Football 7K

    Get Back To Football with the Broncos 7K!

    Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 9 a.m.

    • Meet alumni players, cheerleaders, and Miles the Mascot!
    • Run through the team tunnel and onto the 50 yard line!
    • T-shirt and finisher’s medal.
    • Win prizes like game tickets, autographed merchandise, and more!

    Sign-up today at www.broncos7k.com.

    The 7K is presented by Sports Authority, Rocky Mountain Popcorn, Maxx Sunglasses, Elements Massage and 9News.

  • Wed., Sep. 03, 2014 5:00 PM MDT Gatorade Junior Training Camp Play 60 Fall Kickoff Kickoff event for Play 60 with local Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Thu., Sep. 04, 2014 5:00 PM MDT Gatorade Junior Training Camp Play 60 Fall Kickoff Kickoff event for Play 60 with local Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Sun., Sep. 07, 2014 6:30 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts

    The Denver Broncos open up the 2014 season when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football on NBC.

  • Sun., Sep. 14, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. Kansas City Chiefs The Denver Broncos host the Kansas City Chiefs in the first AFC West matchup of the 2014 season. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Sep. 16, 2014 12:00 PM MDT Fuel Up to Play 60 For the Love of Play Assembly Fuel Up to Play 60 For the Love of Play Assembly.
  • Sun., Sep. 21, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks The Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the team's first road game of the 2014 season. The game will be televised on CBS.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Denver Broncos Pink Game The Denver Broncos annual Salute to Survivors halftime recognition, celebrating breast cancer survivors at the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

Ball's Rookie Journal: Addressing a Mistake

Posted Sep 21, 2013

In his latest blog entry, rookie RB Montee Ball addresses his fumble in Week 2 and preparing for the rival Raiders on Monday Night Football.

Editor's note: Rookie running back Montee Ball will contribute blog entries on DenverBroncos.com thoughout the 2013 season. No. 28 checks in this week to discuss his Week 2 fumble and preparing for a rival on Monday Night Football.

I want to start out this week's post by addressing my fumble.

You definitely don’t want to do that. For me, it was just a lack of focus, a huge rookie mistake. My eyes got big because I saw the end zone, I got lazy with the football and it popped out. We definitely corrected it. I’ve been working on ball security all week. It’s never been an issue with me. The coaches talked with me and said that it’s never been an issue with me – that’s why they drafted me. Other than that, when I went to the sideline, no one was really yelling at me. They told me to make sure to pay more attention to it, put a lot of emphasis on it, on carrying the football. That’s the number one thing for a running back – ball security. I went to the sideline, everyone encouraged me and I went back out there and kept playing.

The fact that they put me back out there, that’s one thing I respect the most about the coaches, they kept faith in me. They had faith in me to put me back out there to continue contributing with the offense.

It was great to see Knowshon have the day he did. I was celebrating. You can watch the game film again, you’ll see me out there celebrating with Knowshon. I was disappointed in the way I played, but you have to get excited about him contributing and doing great things out on the field.

And when Knowshon is in there, it's all about mental reps, man. That’s the thing. When he is out there, I’m standing right next to Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville visualizing myself being out there. Trying to visualize, from a running back’s point of view, what we see, what indicators the defense is giving us.

This week, I’ve just put a lot more emphasis on ball security. I don’t want to broadcast that as a problem because it’s definitely not a problem for me. Like every other running back, when I get in traffic, I’m going to put two hands on it. But when I’m out of traffic, I’m not going to be running with two hands on the football because it’s really difficult to run that way.

As everyone knows, this week we've got the Raiders. And growing up as a Broncos fan, I’m very familiar with the rivalry. The Raiders are a great organization. They have some fast, high-motor players on defense. They play with a lot of heart. For me, this week has been about watching film and staying away from all the hype about the big rivalry. For me, it’s just getting out there and contributing with my teammates.

Looking at that defense, they’re playing together. That’s very dangerous, for opponents to have a defense that’s playing together as one unit. You can definitely see that when you turn the tape on with them.

Of course I’m looking forward to my first Monday Night Football game. It’s still a great journey for me, but for right now, I had a great talk with Coach Studesville – I can’t see myself as a rookie anymore. It’s time to play and the growing period is over.

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.