ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Happy Fourth of July weekend, everyone. In honor of the fact that it's a holiday, and the fact that it falls on the 4th, let's go with four questions in this week's mailbag.
Then we can all get back to eating leftover hamburgers and hotdogs this afternoon.
As we've talked about throughout OTAs and minicamp, Thomas has been making a big impression in his first full healthy offseason. Everyone from
The team hasn't forgotten the professional way Moreno handled his situation last season, when he was inactive for parts of the season before taking over for an injured Willis McGahee and going on to notch a pair of 100-yard games down the stretch. Coach Fox mentioned Moreno was one of the running backs the team has confidence in after McGahee was released. He spent a chunk of OTAs still working back onto the field from his knee injury, but he gained more and more reps as the offseason workouts went on, and he'll be in the mix as the team looks for its starting running back. Of course the club's two recent draft picks at the position --
Yes. That race seems to be relatively wide open after McGahee's release. The rookie will have every chance to take over that role at some point this season. Of course it could end up being a running-back-by-committee situation. Fox's Carolina teams seemingly always had two big-time backs that could rotate every other series or so -- Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster, then Foster and DeAngelo Williams, then Williams and Jonathan Stewart. Could it be the same situation with Ball and Hillman? Could Moreno factor in? Something to keep an eye on as camp progresses. But to answer your question, yes, Ball will get to battle for the starting spot.
@GrayCaldwell What's the progress of Q Smith? News is minimal and last I heard he expects to be ready for TC. Any Change? Will he be limited— Rick Casey (@CoachCasey) June 17, 2013
No change -- he's still hoping to be ready for training camp. The last time he talked to the media, he said he "feel(s) good about everything," and he was already able to run and work on agility drills before even coming out to Denver. Late in offseason practices, we saw him going through a few individual drills with his teammates for the first time, so it would appear that he's progressing. He said he wants to be "full-go" by the start of camp, but after missing so much time due to injury, he might be a little bit "limited" at first as he's eased back into the action.