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Sunday, July 31, 2005 

Mile High Feeling

Looks like RB Ron Dayne is looking forward to a new start in Denver.

"Just being out there, getting another opportunity to play - that's what I hoped for because I felt like I didn't get an opportunity to play in New York," Dayne said. "Coming here, it just felt like I was coming out of college again. In New York I maybe got in 12, 13 times last year, and the year before I didn't even dress."

Of course, he's over-simplifying things a bit. Dayne didn't play because he didn't produce and has largely been a bust in the NFL. Teammate Tiki Barber had a career year, with 1518 yards on 322 carries for a 4.7 yard average. Plus Barber is a threat in the passing game, with 52 catches. Overall, he gained 2096 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. Dayne compiled only a 3.44 yards per carry average (52-179) as his backup.

In Denver, Dayne will have a lot of company in the backfield, as Tatum Bell Quentin Griffin, and even rookie Maurice Clarett are going to get long looks. But Denver has a history of getting a lot out of unheralded RBs, so it will be an interesting competition.

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