Hillis and Larsen, “Thunder and Thunder”
The injury bug again bit the Broncos at the running back position on Monday with Ryan Torain being placed on injured reserve. With Torain joining Andre Hall, Michael Pittman and Anthony Alridge on IR, fullbacks Peyton Hillis and Spencer Larsen are preparing as if they could again lineup together in the Broncos backfield as they did on Thursday night.
“You can’t have thunder and lighting – we are both kind of thunder,” Larsen said about what the tandem should be called. “We would like to call it a tsunami or something like that.”
Both Hillis and Larsen said they don’t really have any idea what their assignments will be on Sunday, but both players said they are preparing for every possible scenario.
“You have to prepare like you are going to do anything, everywhere,” Hillis said. “As of right now we are pretty thin in the running back and fullback area. We brought a couple new guys in. You really don’t know right now.”
Haynes Added to Running Back Corps
One player that might be able to provide the Broncos with some added depth at the running back position is Alex Haynes.
Haynes was signed by the Broncos today after spending training camp with Baltimore. He has also seen time with Carolina.
Haynes said he was at home watching the Broncos game against Cleveland on Thursday and when he saw Ryan Torain go down with an injury and that he hoped he would get a call.
That call came and Haynes got his workout. He said it is hard to stay in football shape when you aren’t on a team because it is not like you can round up some pads and some guys and go out and hit one another.
“It is pretty hard,” Haynes said about trying to join a team midseason. “No matter how much you run, it doesn’t compare to football – actually being on the field hitting, tackling, running and blocking.”
Haynes is Central Florida’s all-time leading rusher, posting 3,356 yards on 742 carries and his 27 career rushing scores rank him second in UCF history.
He said he thinks a couple former Golden Knights may have helped his cause in becoming a Bronco.
“The Central Florida guys – Brandon Marshall and Matt Prater being here – I guess (the coaches) took a chance on me hoping I would be the next gem,” Haynes said.
Haynes said he is determined to make the best of his shot, whenever it comes.
“Every running back’s dream is to be in the Broncos system,” he said. “Now I have an opportunity to go and play.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com
Here are some pictures from today’s practice.