Javonte Williams (knee) "on track" for start of Broncos season

Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams (knee) is "on track" to be ready for the start of the 2023 season, per Broncos general manager George Paton.

What It Means:

A report from ESPN last week claimed Williams' multiple knee ligament tears "could keep him out well into the 2023 season," but Paton sounds much more optimistic. Even if Williams is available for Week 1, his workload could be limited over the first month of the season as he returns to form. Latavius Murray, Mike Boone, and Marlon Mack are all scheduled for free agency, so the Broncos will likely bring in some new backfield talent.

Williams rushed 47 times for 204 scoreless yards and caught 16 passes (22 targets) for 76 yards in four games last season before tearing his ACL. He averaged negative-0.06 Rushing Net Expected Points per carry, which finished third in the Broncos' backfield and ranked 59th out of 75 backs with at least 40 attempts.