ENGLEWOOD, Colo.** – Of all the changes the Broncos have implemented this offseason, the zone-blocking scheme has been one of the main focuses. But amid all the conversation discussing it, running back Kapri Bibbs can summarize it with one simple analogy to something you might have in your front yard.
"[Running backs] Coach [Eric Studesville] explained it like a picket fence," Bibbs said. "You've got to find that one board that's missing."
Luckily for Bibbs, he's got experience looking for the missing board. After working with a zone-blocking scheme during his time at Colorado State, Bibbs enters this training camp with something of an advantage over other running backs. In his one season as a Ram after two years at junior colleges, Bibbs broke CSU's single-season records for rushing yards (1,741), rushing touchdowns (31), total touchdowns (31) and points (186). He finished his 2013 collegiate campaign ranked sixth in the nation in rushing yards and tied for No. 1 in touchdowns.
"I think this offense is definitely made for me," Bibbs said. "It's the second day in pads; we've got a long training camp to go. I'm looking to keep improving every day."
Last season Bibbs split his time between the practice squad and the active roster, where he spent four weeks of his rookie campaign. This year he enters training camp not only with knowledge of Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison's offensive scheme, but also with specific goals in mind.
"I just want to be more decisive on my cuts and when I make those cuts, just get up into the hole and get my pads low and be able to break through those tackles," Bibbs said. "Bounce off some of those linebackers that come through the hole. I think all the other stuff will just automatically come to me because I'm used to doing all that other stuff."
Five days into training camp, Dennison is impressed by what the running back corps has done.
"I think they've done a great job," Dennison said. "Three days ago, I really felt the urgency of their foot in the ground and going downhill. I thought their suddenness on the cuts, that's when they made the turn the corner and they're going to keep getting better at that. They're feeling the soft spots, they're understanding what we want done and I feel the surge into the line of scrimmage."
But the running backs certainly can't do it alone. They depend upon the offensive line to give them a lane. During this offseason, one of the biggest question marks for the Broncos was at offensive line. But so far into the preseason, Bibbs is happy with what he's seen from Denver's big men.
"I think the offensive line does a good job," Bibbs said. "Somebody is winning every single time to give us that board that's missing in that fence."