Sometimes 140 characters aren’t enough. Today, I’ll use the extra space to talk about Mario Fannin.
- @feergd: what do u think of mario fannin? is he being considered for the coming season?
Mario Fannin hasn’t been forgotten by those whose opinions matter at Dove Valley.
He was the fastest running back on the field at training camp last year, and the raw speed of the Auburn product intrigued the team enough to where Fannin’s torn anterior cruciate ligament didn’t lead them to to write an injury settlement and send him on his way.
But being “intrigued” and having Fannin foremost in their plans are two different matters entirely for the Broncos’ brass.
Fannin will have a chance to show how far he has recovered from his torn ACL in organized team activities, which begin next month, and if he shows any flashes of brilliance as he did during the first week of training camp last year, then he’ll be in the running back group when camp opens in late July.
But relying upon an undrafted runner coming off a severe injury — even one who has a reputed 4.37-second speed in the 40-yard dash with a 231-pound frame — is unwise. Fannin was infrequently an every-down back at Auburn; his career highs there were 448 rushing yards in 2007 and 698 yards from scrimmage in 2009 and he never touched the football more than 102 times in a season.
Nevertheless, his combination of size and speed make him worthy of close examination.
He’ll get a chance to earn notice in the coming months. If he emerges, he’s a nice bonus and could create a pleasant problem of having too many running backs of value. But don’t expect him to push for significant playing time beyond the preseason unless there’s a tsunami of injuries or the Broncos unexpectedly fail to bolster the running back group in the draft.