The Denver Broncos have an interesting season ahead of them as they head in to the 2015 Campaign.
The Broncos have Gary Kubiak in as their new head coach, which should signal a bigger emphasis being placed on the run game, while we wait to see if Peyton Manning's throwing arm has enough zip left in it to lead Denver to a deep playoff run.
The Broncos have decided to make a big change to their rushing attack however, with Montee Ball being released a day after the Broncos cut down their roster to 53 players.
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The Broncos announced the decision to waive the running back on Sunday, along with center Gino Gradkowski, after they were awarded center James Ferentz and tight end Mitchell Henry off waivers.
Ball was in the starting picture just a few weeks ago, and seemed set to push C.J. Anderson for carries with the starting offense. And then things went wrong.
Unfortunately for Ball, he just didn't impress with the limited reps he received in the first three games, having just 16 touches of the football combined in those game.
Then, when he finally did get some significant play time in the final game, Ball failed to prove himself. Ball carried the ball 16 times for just 27 yards. The Broncos as a whole rushed for 49 yards on 24 carries in the game.
Ball's chances to make it were slim when it became clear that the aforementioned Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson were all ahead of him on the depth chart.
Ball's waiving just reaffirms how badly the Broncos messed up in the 2013 Draft, taking the running back one pick ahead of Eddie Lacy, who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and quickly turned into one of the league's best running backs.