Mort: Montee Ball is the front-runner to replace Willis McGahee in Denver

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen via Rotoworld.com, rookie running back Montee Ball is “absolutely” the front-runner to replace Willis McGahee as the Broncos starting running back.

“It is absolutely the rookie Montee Ball from Wisconsin,” said Mortensen, who recently spent a ton of time with the Manning brothers. “And I can tell you already the feeling from the quarterback (Peyton) is this guy has — kinda like what Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai gave him — is that he gets ‘it.’ He’s got ‘it.’ In other words, he’s dedicated, he’s a pro, and he’s got talent. … Montee Ball, watch out.”

Even thought McGahee is still on the roster, he’s chosen not to show up for OTA’s and may not have much football left in him.  It sounds like the starting job is Ball’s to lose.