The Denver Broncos had one of, if not the best, running back duos in the league last season. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon ran a masterpiece of a run game last year, and they are perfectly set up to do just that again.

Williams was the lead back, and Gordon was the running back two on the year for the Broncos. Both were great and accumulated over 1,800 rush yards combined. The crazy stat is that both rushed the ball 203 times exactly. The two of them solidified the Broncos as an above-the-pack rushing team, finishing 13th in the league in total rushing yards for the team.

2021 was a solid year for Williams. And even though he was technically the Broncos’ lead back, many still don’t know much about him.

That should change in 2022, however, and one All-Pro’s recent running back rankings say as much.

Broncos’ Williams is top-11 back according to Maurice Jones-Drew

This list has some head-scratchers for sure. Josh Jacobs at 28. Clyde Edwards-Helaire at 27. Elijah Mitchell at 16, and Damien Harris at 17. There is a lot to unpack there. However, it seems like the one Jones-Drew did get right was Broncos’ running back Javonte Williams.

MJD ranked Williams as the 11th best running back in the league, and here is who is above him, in order from 10-1: Christian McCaffrey, Najee Harris, Austin Ekeler, Joe Mixon, Alvin Kamara, Ezekiel Elliot, Dalvin Cook, Nick Chubb, Jonathan Taylor, Derrick Henry. This list, through 11 seems fair. I could even see if some people had Williams lower, but still in the top 15.

“I understand that the Broncos traded for quarterback Russell Wilson to push the offense back to the upper echelon of the NFL. But the unit’s success is predicated on the run game opening up the pass with play-action. Enter Javonte Williams. He was uber-productive as a rookie, with 63 missed tackles forced on runs (second in the NFL) and 694 rushing yards after contact (eighth in the NFL), per Pro Football Focus. Williams and the run game, which also includes veteran back Melvin Gordon, will remain a huge part of what the Broncos do this fall.”

Russell Wilson on the team will only make Williams better and give him better opportunities as a whole. The addition of head coach Nathaniel Hackett is a big plus, too. Just look at what he did with Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillion as the Packers offensive coordinator last year. Williams will be used in both the passing game and the run game, where he will make plenty of plays in a loaded Broncos offense.

Williams already had over 1,200 yards from scrimmage last season while playing just 51% of offensive snaps. If everything goes right this year, he could easily end up in the top-5 of the NFL.

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