Who will be the Broncos starting running back in Week 1?

The Broncos have three backs on their roster that have the potential to start, but who will come out on top as the starter for Week 1?

Sep 18, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Broncos need to figure out their problems on the offense as far as who will be starting in Week 1. There is going to be a quarterback competition between Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch to see who will be the starting quarterback. The running back position can also be up for grabs between the three main backs on the Broncos.

C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker and newly acquired Jamaal Charles will see their carries this season, but who will carry the load for most of it? Anderson was the main back last season until he suffered a season-ending injury that led to Booker getting the carries. Can Anderson get back where he started or could we see a change in who is starting at running back for the Broncos?


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C.J. Anderson in 2016

Anderson is coming off of a what was supposed to be a good season to suffering a season-ending injury that limited him to 437 rushing yards and four touchdowns in seven games. He was the main back that did split reps with Devontae Booker but not often. Anderson tearing his meniscus last season could limit his carries this year.

Devontae Booker in 2016

Booker was able to produce in all 16 games of last year which led him to 612 rushing yards and four scores. Once C.J. Anderson was placed on the injured reserved, Booker did exceptional having been drafted in the fourth round last year. He also contributed in the passing game as he caught 31 catches for 265 yards and a touchdown, but he did fumble twice.

Jamaal Charles in 2016

If there is one year that Charles would like to forget about, it is last season. Charles only played in three games and rushed for 40 yards and one touchdown. In 2015, Charles tore his ACL and it was still an issue that put an end to his season last year. Last season looked like the Charles was on his way out of Kansas City.

Who’s going to start in Week 1?

I don’t believe Jamaal Charles will be the main back for the offense. He’ll most likely be a rotational back that will see limited amount of carries. Devontae Booker had a nice season last year, but Anderson seems like safest choice. He has more experience and was on the great path last year before injuring his knee. Expect C.J. Anderson to come out pick up where he left off last season.

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