ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Theres the man who isnt big enough, the former first-round draft pick who hasnt lived up to his potential and the record-setting college back brought in to replace them both. Then, there is this question: With Peyton Manning at quarterback, does it really matter who winds up as the featured runner for the Denver Broncos? Thats the puzzle Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball are sorting out during training camp. When the first depth chart of camp was released over the weekend, it was Hillman, who put on 20 pounds in the off-season, listed at No. 1. He was followed by Ball, the second-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, and Moreno, the 12th overall pick of the 2009 draft. "You want to be that guy thats able to play every down," said Hillman, a third-round pick last year who was largely viewed as a change-of-pace back. "Thats what I work toward. Its been my emphasis and hopefully that happens." The whole notion that the Broncos need a featured back might seem laughable in an offence featuring a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback who is showing every sign of being completely healthy. Back in January against Baltimore, it was no joke. The Broncos had a seven-point lead with 3:12 left and were in position to run out the clock with two first downs. Hillman got the first one with runs of 8 and 5 yards, but then gained a total of three yards on his next three carries. Moreno had left the game with a knee injury and Denvers biggest back at the time, Willis McGahee, was already long gone with a season-ending knee injury. That left it to Hillman, who, at 180 pounds, didnt have the girth to push the pile. Coach John Fox opted against trying to throw for the first down and so, the Broncos gave the ball back, gave up the tying touchdown and, soon after, were 38-35 upset losers to the Ravens. A few days later, Fox conceded that, yes, he wished hed had that big back to milk the clock. Hillman got the message and packed on 20 pounds in the off-season. "It wasnt the taking of the hits that was the problem," he said. "You can always take hits at any size, but Im just more comfortable." Not leaving anything to chance despite Hillmans weight gain, the Broncos targeted a running back in the off-season and used their second-round pick to take Ball, whose credentials have "every-down back" written all over them. He posted NCAA records with 5,140 yards and 83 touchdowns in four years at Wisconsin. Ball has gotten work with the first team during training camp, but is officially listed second on a depth chart Fox described as nothing more than something the Broncos put out "because the league makes us." "Ive most definitely seen that, but I think thats right because Ronnies done a great job," Ball said. "Hes been doing a great job this camp and he most definitely deserves it right now, but like I said, Im most definitely going to try to take it." By all appearances, Moreno has the biggest hill to climb. It didnt go unnoticed in the off-season when executive vice-president John Elway consistently forgot to mention the former first-round draft picks name while discussing the Broncos runners. But Moreno is here, albeit listed third on the depth chart and practicing with the third team. Last year, he started the season overcoming issues from a 2011 knee injury and was inactive for eight of the first 10 games. When McGahee went down, however, Moreno got the starting job. He was efficient, not spectacular, rushing for 510 yards over the final six games until going down in the playoffs. He worked hard in the off-season even though a lot seemed stacked against him. "I was in there with the strength staff and with the training staff every day working on it," Moreno said. "It didnt take that long. It was a grind." Others competing for spots in Denvers backfield include rookie C.J. Anderson, Lance Ball and Jeremiah Johnson. But heading into Thursdays preseason opener at San Francisco, its Hillman holding the top spot with Bell pushing him and Moreno trying to stay in the mix. "No guy in our position doesnt want to start," Hillman said. "You can see it as inspiration, motivation, but for me, its just to hold them off because those guys are good." Notes: After OT Orlando Franklin left practice with a hip injury, the Broncos first-team line looked like this, from right to left: Louis Vasquez, Ryan Lilja, Manny Ramirez, Zane Beadles, Chris Clark. Of those five, only Beadles is in the spot the team envisioned for him for the start of the season. Foxs reaction to all the shuffling: "Im pretty pleased where we are." ... TE Joel Dreessen missed practice to have his left knee scoped. Dreessen first hurt the knee while practicing on the Broncos artificial turf during the spring. He is expected to miss the rest of training camp. ... 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Collaros, 25, was solid last season, posting a 5-2 record as the starter while incumbent Ricky Ray was injured. Collaros also started Torontos 23-20 regular-season finale loss to Montreal — Ray didnt dress because the Argos had already clinched first in the East Division — but was one of three quarterbacks to play that day. Karl Malone Jersey . -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration. John Stockton Jersey . Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season. Different pitch, different captain, different fieldThe pitch in Kolkata is radically different from the one we witnessed in Kanpur. Theres a fair amount of grass cover on the pitch throughout. While Stephen Fleming was slightly concerned about the cracks on the pitch, it is common knowledge that big cracks dont open up on Indian pitches. Its the smaller cracks that eventually crumble in Indian conditions. Trent Boult started with three slips and a gully to Shikhar Dhawan. Even though he got appreciable swing and movement away from the left-handed batsman, Ross Taylor had placed a fielder at midwicket. Now, the presence of midwicket was a way to encourage him to stay within the stumps for Dhawan.Pujaras form prevails against in-form HenryWhat is form? Form does not guarantee that you will always pick the line and length correctly and that you will always have an apt response to every ball, but the fact that you have an uncluttered mind. First ball of the sixth over, from Matt Henry to Cheteshwar Pujara, was perhaps the best ball of the morning on a couple of counts - the line was such that it was not possible for Pujara to leave it alone but still it was not close enough for him to get close or behind the ball. The length was such that he could neither go forward nor go deep inside the crease.The third ball was another good one outside off that deceived Pujara. If you get beaten twice in three balls, doubts tend to find a way into your game and you become more cautious, and therefore you miss out on scoring opportunities too. But in the same over, Henry pitched a couple of balls fuller to which Pujara responded positively. A flick off the pads and drive down the ground displayed that Pujara had not allowed the two deliveries in the first half of the over to influence his thought process.Boundary-laden India startTake singles and rotate the strike - the most clichéd line you hear from experts discussing the art of batting, but in reality its not as simple. Test matches are often played on pitches that do not allow you to manoeuvre the ball and therefore you either get a boundary or end up playing a dot ball. In addition to the pitchs behaviour, the bowling team also places the field to ensure that rotating strike is not easy. It was not surprising that 28 out of the first 32 runs India scored came in boundaries.Wagners subtle pace variationsThe six balls in the 16th over, from Neil Wagner, were bowled at a fairly different pace. The difference between two consecutive balls was around 5-6 kph. That is a lot. We talk about change of pace only when the bowler slows it down radically but we seldom talk about the change in pace when the bowler cranks it up. On a pitch that is a bit on the slower side, it is imperative to change the pace frequently without compromising on accuracy. Not only did Wagner put extra effort in bowling bouncers but once in a while, he bowled the full and wide balll a little fast too.dddddddddddd Indian batsmen handled it well though.Patels twin variationsTwo balls - one went through straight after pitching, Pujara played for the spin but got the outside edge. Taylor at first slip was standing a little too wide. The cardinal rule while fielding in slips to an offspinner is to stay very close to the keeper. In most cases, the straighter one is expected to induce the edge and therefore is likely to go finer.In Patels next over, the fourth ball spun and bounced after pitching. Did it hit the crack? You could not feel any moisture on the surface in the morning and hence it is only fair to expect that this one hit one of the cracks.Patels shrewd use of an endPatel bowling from the High Court End. Two slips for an offspinner. There is a fielder manning the point boundary but there is no fielder at deep square leg. It is quite an interesting field placement, which is promoted by three factors. First, the ball is skidding and going straight more often. Second, the High Court End assists the ball to drift away from the right-handed batsmen. Third, since Pujara does not play the sweep shot, it makes sense to leave the area unmanned. Rahane is too new at the crease to try the sweep option.One of the better visiting captainsOne over from Mitchell Santner produced five runs, which included a nicely-struck boundary off the back foot by Rahane and thats all it took for Taylor to replace him with Boult. Throughout the day we saw a similar pattern of captaincy from Taylor, and that allowed New Zealand to retain control despite not taking a wicket in more than a session and a half. Most visiting teams disintegrate when a partnership develops but this New Zealand team showed better planning and execution. Same ball, two different Pujara shotsThe highlight of Pujaras batting in this series were the two shots he played today, both off Patel. He prefers playing most of the scoring shots against spinners off the back foot. It was slightly short with a bit of width and Pujara sliced it behind point for a four. A little later he played the same ball a little earlier to ensure that it went a little squarer to beat the fielder at deep point. The ability to hit the same ball to two different places by choosing to play the shot earlier or delaying it makes Pujara a difficult batsman to bowl at as a spinner.Two different new balls, similar behaviourThe first over of the day saw a couple of balls lifting from a good-length spot and the rest barely reaching the keeper from an almost identical length. The same thing happened when the second new ball was taken. The harder new ball with a more pronounced seam has misbehaved a little irrespective of the time of the day. It will be interesting to see if this continues to happen on the second day too. 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