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Mailbag: Potential Trade Partners?; What's The RB Pecking Order?

TAYLOR BEARDNORMAN, OK
In your opinion, which running backs make the final roster? I'd really like to see Ryan Williams make it, but I don't see them keeping four backs, and I also don't see them cutting Joseph Randle or Darren McFadden or Lance Dunbar, the third down back/kick returner. Thoughts on who makes it and why?

Bryan: I don't believe they are done with these running backs and what that final lineup might be – so this is a hard question to answer in that regard. I agree that they only keep three and for the sake of what you asked I will go with McFadden, Randle and Dunbar. Williams doesn't protect well enough and he has no value on special teams so that's what will hurt him.

David:I like your logic a lot. McFadden is the only experienced starter, and Randle has shown far too much potential for me to think he's going anywhere. I think it really comes down to Dunbar and Williams, and right now Dunbar seems to offer more as a receiver and a special teamer. I also think they're going to keep a fullback – but maybe Williams can do enough to convince the coaches they'd be better off keeping four running backs, rather than three running backs and a fullback. They kept four in 2013, if you think back.

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MARCUS JONESMEMPHIS, TN
With a team like Denver having O-line injuries and three very good running backs, do you think it would be possible to trade one of our linemen, like Leary, for one of their running backs?

Bryan: It's always a possibility to trade players, but you'd better make sure that you have a replacement for Leary if that is the route you want to go. Collins took snaps for the first time there on Tuesday so he is far from winning that job.  

David:I like the idea in theory, but it's not something I'd want to do until training camp ends. You want to see what you have on your own roster, and you want to make sure you're not fighting injuries. If La'el Collins can establish himself as a viable starter, and if the current running backs can't prove themselves, then it's certainly something I'd consider.

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