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Juwan Thompson 2014 Season Outlook

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http://denver.cbslocal.com/2014/08/10/juwan-thompson-jordan-norwood-turning-heads-in-training-camp/

Fairly buried on the depth chart and a UDFA but making a name for himself and seeing some first team reps this week. I think all question Hillman some question Ball. Could this guy sneak in there to be at least the number two? Strong suits seem to be pass protection and bowling people over at 5 foot 10 225ish pounds. Both seem like good qualities to me. Thoughts?

http://predominantlyorange.com/2014/08/10/ball-anderson-juwan-thompson-taking-first-team-reps/

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Yes, he's definitely of interest. The skills toolbox in the Denver backfield seems to always lack an Allen wrench or a Phillips head, or both, so anyone having the firm prospect of protecting Peyton and not embarrassing himself with the ball in his hands deserves consideration. What we don't know is how much Ball has improved and we likely won't know the answer to that until after our fantasy drafts. So it's a game of evaluating potential lottery picks between Hillman, CJ Anderson and Thompson, any one (or 2 or 3?) of which may have a role...perhaps a very big role...depending on Ball's health and skills improvements.

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http://denver.cbsloc...-training-camp/

Fairly buried on the depth chart and a UDFA but making a name for himself and seeing some first team reps this week. I think all question Hillman some question Ball. Could this guy sneak in there to be at least the number two? Strong suits seem to be pass protection and bowling people over at 5 foot 10 225ish pounds. Both seem like good qualities to me. Thoughts?

http://predominantly...irst-team-reps/

You're forgetting about CJ Anderson who from what I saw against Seattle this past weekend, looked solid.

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Definitely a great late round flyer. Who knows what to expect out of Denver's running game? I don't like Hillman though. And they do like their rotations here. Same OC as last year and while Moreno was very good, they were happy to run a 3 back rotation anyway. I'm set on grabbing him in one of the last rounds.

Yea I saw the same in CJ Anderson. Essentially, I'm looking to grab whomever makes the depth chart and isn't named Hillman or Ball.

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I've had my eye on him for awhile, and took him as a flyer in our 14 team draft in the last round.

http://forums.rotoworld.com/index.php?showtopic=451287entry4700086

Here is why I find him interesting:

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_26260271/juwan-thompson-moving-up-broncos-depth-chart-at

Thompson might be stronger in the passing game than most tailbacks, having come from Duke and coach David Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning's favorite quarterback mentor among non-Broncos.

That background might help give Thompson an edge against undrafted rookies Brennan Clay and Kapri Bibbs.

"I grew up in the passing game, and it's the same thing here with Peyton," Thompson said. "That means you have to think about protection first, and routes. The run game, it's fairly easy to get the ball and run. But when you've got to run a route, beat a defender, and also catch the ball and get upfield, it's a little more difficult."

Thompson met Manning when the star QB had his annual two-day Broncos receiver camp at Duke in March. That helped Thompson stay grounded as he walked into his first NFL locker room as a player in late May.

"When you see him, he wants to be a normal person because I know he gets beat over the head with people coming at him all the time," Thompson said of Manning. "Just treat him with respect."

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I have the increasing feeling that the Broncos backfield is going to go full-on RBBC/hot hand with no defined roles...

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People slept on Moreno last year because of Ball and he fell in drafts but his role in the passing game made him the man to own and he became a beast.

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People slept on Moreno last year because of Ball and he fell in drafts but his role in the passing game made him the man to own and he became a beast.

This is new and exciting.

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Interesting read.

As someone that benefited greatly from Moreno's draft value last year, Thompson is now someone I'll be watching closely the rest of the preseason.

If he gets the opportunity it sounds like his skill set is taylor made for 3rd down and goal line work although Ball was a goalline beast in college.

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Is this guy not in ESPN player pool?

Nope...With my luck, by the time they get around to adding him, he'll be a hot commodity and you'll need to burn a top waiver priority to get him

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I drafted Ball last year and then had to choose who to try to handcuff him with(chose wrong). It's even more muddled this year. That article makes me think Thompson could be the guy but I can't believe CJ Anderson is going away that easily. I just can't see Hillman stepping into a feature back role although he'd probably get work if Ball goes down.

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3 garbage time carries for 15 yards one a 8 yard TD scamper. Looked like their best back in preseason if ball misses weeks may be worth keeping an eye on. Don't think anyone is sold on hillman.

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Not sure he gets a serious look with Ball hurt, but I think he's the best running back they have (Ball included). Could be a sneaky stash this week while everyone goes for Anderson/Hillman.

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This guy is the real deal... he runs hard, has decent hands, and most importantly on this team - he can pick up the blitz. It's just a matter of getting him some playing time. We saw a little this week but definitely not servicable yet. It was fun to see him get his first NFL TD though.

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3 garbage time carries for 15 yards one a 8 yard TD scamper. Looked like their best back in preseason if ball misses weeks may be worth keeping an eye on. Don't think anyone is sold on hillman.

The only reason why he got a shot to play is because CJ Anderson was a healthy scratch. Thompson plays on special teams, Anderson does not. Thompson will more than likely be #3 behind Hillman and Anderson.

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Please tell me why juwan to pick this guy up so bad?

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

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As people burn their FAB on Hillman, CJ (and Thompson in 13+ leagues)are the value picks.

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Interesting sleeper. Went to Duke so the guy should be smart. Has hx with Peyton. Played RB and safety at Duke so he knows more about coverages and defenses than the average bear. Also knows more than most rookies about pass pro. Plays special teams while Anderson does not. Hillman: 195 lbs. Thompson: 228 lbs. 40 time: 4.52-4.6ish range, but has excellent lateral agility for a big man and good vision. Very good receiver.

Definitely see some kind of committee brewing here, but I don't think it's out of the question that Thompson could lead the committee sooner rather than later while Ball is sidelined. Hillman is the big play threat, but not a grinder and might be a liability in pass pro because of his size. Anderson is definitely a grinder and very good in short yardage situations, but I wonder if the staff just see him as career back up.

The most important role for a back playing with Peyton is to be his bodyguard, first and foremost. Being a competent runner and pass catcher are important, but secondary. Thompson seems to fit the bill. Definitely going to track Thompson this week to see how many first team reps he's given. I feel there is a chance he surprises us with how many snaps he gets. This is his audition week.

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