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  • Selvin Young won the #2 RB job going into Week 1 according to the Denver Post.

    Selvin Young has apparently pulled a Mike Bell.

    Much to the chagrin of Mike Bell.

    Unemployed in the hours following the 2007 draft, Young went from football oblivion to gaining 91 yards last week in the Broncos' third preseason game, to No. 2 on the tailback depth charts this week.

    With the starters not playing in the Broncos' final preseason game Thursday night, a 21-3 victory against the Arizona Cardinals, Young started and played well. He finished off his second consecutive impressive preseason performance with a nifty 12-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

    Welcome to the Broncos' season-opening roster, kid.

    "I came out to try to play football the way I did last week," Young said. "I got some good advice from a couple guys who had been in the league a while. I heard that anybody can anybody can have one good day. But can you put it together and do the job each and every week?"

    The Broncos tailback spelling Travis Henry for their season opener Sept. 9 against the Buffalo Bills will be Selvin Young, who a week ago was an unknown, undrafted rookie.

    Bell had pulled a similar trick a year ago. He, too, was an undrafted rookie who catapulted past Ron Dayne, Tatum Bell and Cedric Cobbs following the first week of training camp to become the Broncos' No. 1 running back.

    Today, Bell not only has been demoted — with apologies to Kyle Johnson — from tailback to fullback, he will awake today on the team's roster bubble.

    "It's definitely not as fun blocking as it is carrying the ball," Bell said. "But at the same time, it's a team game. I'm not sure what they're thinking right now. All I know is I love to play football. If it's not here then I'll play somewhere else."

    There's a chance the switch to fullback is only temporary. And it may be a positive development for Bell in terms of making the roster as the fourth or five back, behind Henry, Johnson, Young and possibly Cecil Sapp. Versatility can't hurt.

    Andre Hall, who rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns, would also be a tough cut, although he has practice squad eligibility. Paul Smith is a fullback who's been an exemplary special teams player.

    That's seven backs the Broncos would like to keep, but can't. It will be an anxious night's sleep for the likes of Bell, Sapp, Hall and Smith.

    "It will be," Sapp said. "We've got to see what route they want to go. But we all played our butt off in the preseason and in the two-a-days. We all felt like the best people were going to win the job, anyway."

    At the very least, it appears the Bell has tolled on the Broncos' 2006 tailbacks. Tatum Bell wound up getting the starting job back by the season opener last year and finished with his first 1,000-yard season. A bad case of fumblitis and inconsistency, though, were among the reasons the Broncos sent Tatum Bell to the Detroit Lions, along with right tackle George Foster, in exchange for cornerback Dré Bly.

    Mike Bell wound up having a solid rookie season as a backup, gaining 677 yards on 4.3 yards per carry with eight touchdowns. Bell, though, may have been Wally Pipp'ed if he wasn't Mike Bell'ed. Pipp was the New York Yankees' first baseman who once had a headache and was replaced by Lou Gehrig at first base. Gehrig played the next 2,130 consecutive games.

    Bell suffered a left hip injury two weeks ago in the second preseason game against Dallas. When Henry and Hall also went down with leg injuries, the Broncos had no choice but to give Young a chance in the next exhibition against Cleveland.

    Seventeen Young carries later, coach Mike Shanahan was gushing about the rookie's speed and pleased with the possibility he may have discovered another hidden tailback gem .

    Shanahan's list of rare finds started with the sixth round of the 1995 draft, where he selected Terrell Davis and includes Olandis Gary, Reuben Droughns and, yes, Mike Bell.

    Although, Bell hurried back from his hip injury about a week earlier than expected, it was too late to stop Young's quantum leap up the depth chart.

    With Young promoted to backup tailback, the Broncos moved Sapp and Bell to fullback for the game against the Cardinals. They played in front of Hall and Young, who finished with 49 yards on 12 carries.

    Bell finished with no carries but plenty of wonder about what his future holds.
    http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_6762190

    Shanny may have found another hidden gem at RB like he said

    Im thrilled if hes thrilled Shanny knows what hes doing!

  • #2
    Can't say I didn't see this coming. The kid has shown more explosiveness and play-making ability in two games than Bell has shown in over a year. I have a really good feeling about this guy.
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    • #3
      Hahaha, later Mike Bell.

      That just proves that Texas doesn't recruit nobodies.

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      • #4
        Now this reminds me of TD. Unknown rookie, makes some great plays and gets the spot. Congratulations Young, yer gonna do great.

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        • #5
          Yay! I got in the bandwagon just in time!

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          • #6
            He's definitely got more speed than our other backs, but I highly doubt that Shannahan went out and did a new depth chart tonight within a few minutes after the game was done so the writer of the story could have it out within a few hours.

            If you actually read the article it says that young was 2nd in the depth charts "this week" -- ie before tonight's game. My guess is that the #1 back listed for "this week" then is not Travis Henry. It was Cecil Sapp. Because Travis Henry and Mike Bell weren't on the list due to injuries for "this week" -- at least if the list was made up early in the week. So its a fluff piece pre-written in the case Young had a good game. Lets not get too up or down yet on it. It doesn't mean anything for who will actually be the #2 back in a week or so.

            In the meantime, I do think Young has made a case to be on the team. I think Bell, our top TD scorer (AFAIK) from last season, and a reliable guy overall will be here too. Henry of course will be around. Hall will most likely be practice squad. Sapp to me is the more likely cut if one needs to be made, unless he's truly impressed on special teams. Personally, I think he'll stay too, listed as a fullback.

            Who knows? Only Shanny at this point. But lets wish em all well, cause I do think all our backs have the talent to be NFL quality backs, either as starters or reliable backups.
            Always a Broncos fan.

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            • #7
              next year young will be on the bubble.... travis henry is the guy and no one is close to taking his job
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              • #8
                Originally posted by ShadeofBlue View Post
                He's definitely got more speed than our other backs, but I highly doubt that Shannahan went out and did a new depth chart tonight within a few minutes after the game was done so the writer of the story could have it out within a few hours.

                If you actually read the article it says that young was 2nd in the depth charts "this week" -- ie before tonight's game. My guess is that the #1 back listed for "this week" then is not Travis Henry. It was Cecil Sapp. Because Travis Henry and Mike Bell weren't on the list due to injuries for "this week" -- at least if the list was made up early in the week. So its a fluff piece pre-written in the case Young had a good game. Lets not get too up or down yet on it. It doesn't mean anything for who will actually be the #2 back in a week or so.

                In the meantime, I do think Young has made a case to be on the team. I think Bell, our top TD scorer (AFAIK) from last season, and a reliable guy overall will be here too. Henry of course will be around. Hall will most likely be practice squad. Sapp to me is the more likely cut if one needs to be made, unless he's truly impressed on special teams. Personally, I think he'll stay too, listed as a fullback.

                Who knows? Only Shanny at this point. But lets wish em all well, cause I do think all our backs have the talent to be NFL quality backs, either as starters or reliable backups.
                the depth chart thing is what i got out of that article also . . . .idk, ive never had a shot to see either him or hall play otehr than the week i was at practice.

                that 12 yard run was very nice and showed multlple parts of his skill ie: vision cut back and acceleration.

                but you know what one again we played against a bad team of first stringers . . . imagine who they have on 3-4the teams

                i still like mike just because he is the only other guy on our roster that is proven as a tailback . . . sapp just converted, young 2 decent games against less than decent opponents, hall (hes my favorite of them, idk why i just like the way he plays, i also want to see what he can really do given the opportunity) already been cut by tampa and never really did much

                i hope its either henry, bell and young or henry bell and hall(preferably) i think sapp would best be used at FB still IMO, all we have is johnson there,

                but i say good luck to all of them im not routing for one or the other i just want what is gonna help our team win the big game agian
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                • #9
                  I still have nightmares of Sapp's fumble.

                  Don't ever let him touch the ball again in the regular season! =(


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                  • #10
                    He should be number 1...That dude looked like a star...When given the opportunity to play the last two games,He really shows up...SHANNY loves that...thats what he always wanted from Tatum...consistency...Do it NOW or NEVER!!!

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                    • #11
                      Its Great Denver Has Some One Who Can Help Take A Small Part Of The Load Off Travis Henry (unlike Lj In Kc Who Will Get Like 400 Carries) It Gives Denver A Solid Option In Case Henry Misses Time During The Year With Injuries, If Any Happens. I Had Watched Young Play In College And Regarded Him Highly Considering Texas Last Few Years Was Really A Quarterback System With Vince A Pass Offense With The Quarterback Getting Most Of The Noise. Selvin Was An Unsung Hero For Texas, And Should Become That In Denver.
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                      • #12
                        I'm not sure if this is official or pure speculation, but it's really nice to see a young guy coming in and doing well. Granted, he'll be a 24 in a few months - it's nice to know we have several options in the backfield. That's very refreshing.

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                        • #13
                          Listening to Shanny post match, he said (and I'm paraphrasing here) about Young, 'He can move out of his hotel, and find an apartment'

                          Sounds like he's done enough to make the squad, at least.

                          KOA were guessing that we'd hold onto 5 RBs ~ Henry, Johnson, Bell, Young & Sapp.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by ChampWJ View Post
                            Hahaha, later Mike Bell.

                            That just proves that Texas doesn't recruit nobodies.
                            For the last several years Mack Brown has had one strong recruiting class after another.

                            I'm not a big UT fan but I do recall having a conversation with one on this board. From what I remember he said it wasn't Selvin didn't have talent, he just couldn't' stay healthy enough to play.

                            Maybe Mike Bell will get cut but I kind of doubt it.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ShadeofBlue View Post
                              He's definitely got more speed than our other backs, but I highly doubt that Shannahan went out and did a new depth chart tonight within a few minutes after the game was done so the writer of the story could have it out within a few hours.

                              If you actually read the article it says that young was 2nd in the depth charts "this week" -- ie before tonight's game. My guess is that the #1 back listed for "this week" then is not Travis Henry. It was Cecil Sapp. Because Travis Henry and Mike Bell weren't on the list due to injuries for "this week" -- at least if the list was made up early in the week. So its a fluff piece pre-written in the case Young had a good game. Lets not get too up or down yet on it. It doesn't mean anything for who will actually be the #2 back in a week or so.

                              In the meantime, I do think Young has made a case to be on the team. I think Bell, our top TD scorer (AFAIK) from last season, and a reliable guy overall will be here too. Henry of course will be around. Hall will most likely be practice squad. Sapp to me is the more likely cut if one needs to be made, unless he's truly impressed on special teams. Personally, I think he'll stay too, listed as a fullback.

                              Who knows? Only Shanny at this point. But lets wish em all well, cause I do think all our backs have the talent to be NFL quality backs, either as starters or reliable backups.
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