Data Scout Notes: 2012: DoakWalkerWinner/Consensus All-American Team/AFCA/WCamp1st/RBOYC/1stC/AP1st/1stM...DoakWalkerFinalist...Coming off Aug/Sept 2012 concussions...PWCamp/PDoak/PMaxwell...2011: HeismanTrophyFinalist/AFCA/DoakWalkerFinalist/BigTenRBOY/1stC/1stM/PTWM/PDoak/PMaxwell...2010: HMC/HMM
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Draft Scout Montee Ball News
02/11/16 - RB Montee Ball was placed on waivers by the Broncos Tuesday (Feb. 9).
02/09/16 - RB Montee Ball had his practice-squad contract expire from the Patriots Feb. 1 and was signed to a contract for 2016 later the same day.
12/16/15 - RB Montee Ball, who was waived by the Broncos Sept. 6, was signed by the Patriots to their practice squad Tuesday (Dec. 15).
09/09/15 - RB Montee Ball was waived by the Broncos Sunday (Sept. 6).
09/07/15 - RB Montee Ball's descent from Week 1 starter last year to the waiver wire Sunday afternoon (Sept. 6) was stunning on the surface, but predictable given where he eventually fell among the Broncos' running backs.
By the end of the preseason, he was fourth on the depth chart behind C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson, who factors into the mix as a short-yardage back and prominent member of multiple special-teams units. Ball struggled to 27 yards on 16 carries in the preseason finale, and even though he had little room to navigate -- he was met in the backfield on nine of 16 attempts -- he didn't show the same spark the other running backs did.
Ball survived the Saturday cut, but not the Sunday moves after the Broncos claimed center James Ferentz and tight end Mitchell Henry off waivers. That left the Broncos with just three running backs, but given that they are only likely to activate three on the 46-man game-day roster, it was not a surprise.
Despite playing the last two seasons, Ball still has practice-squad eligibility under the NFL's tweaked practice-squad rules. But it seems likely that he would not pass through waivers unclaimed, even though the Broncos' reported attempts at trading Ball proved fruitless.
Ball represents the biggest miss of general manager John Elway's tenure. He's the only first- or second-day pick of Elway's to be placed on waivers. The emergence of Anderson as a Pro-Bowl running back from the undrafted ranks of the 2013 class ensured that Ball's struggles didn't help them, but with just two of seven 2013 picks still on the roster, that class represents Elway's most fallow crop to date.