Denver names Bell as the starting RB for preseason opener
But not the one you think..
Mike Bell will be No. 1 RB for preseason opener
Monday, August 7, 2006
DENVER -- The Broncos said Monday that undrafted rookie Mike Bell is now the No. 1 running back headed into the preseason opener this week at Detroit.
Denver's coaching staff also said top draft pick Jay Cutler from Vanderbilt has been elevated to No. 2 behind starter Jake Plummer. That puts Cutler ahead of former Colorado State star Bradlee Van Pelt.
Bell had been running as third-string running back behind Ron Dayne and Tatum Bell (no relation). Dayne said Mike Bell has earned the top spot, given the way he's been working in camp.
Before camp began, Denver coach Mike Shanahan said the running back position was wide open since last year's leading rusher, Mike Anderson, is now in Baltimore. But most expected Dayne or Tatum Bell to emerge as the starter, and Cedric Cobbs has also been impressive.
Mike Bell, however, has turned heads with his toughness. Bell rushed for 3,163 yards and 17 touchdowns at Arizona, but as recently as last week said he was just hoping to land a job.
Bell, who lived in Denver until he was 10 years old, grew up a Broncos fan and idolized former star Terrell Davis.