Denver is another name for opportunity at least in rookie Montee Ball’s eyes.

After three fumbles (two lost and returned for touchdowns) by Ronnie Hillman in the last two weeks the starting running back spot for the Broncos is Ball’s gig to lose.

It was a big night for Ball on Saturday. First off he was playing against his hometown team the St. Louis Rams. Ball went to Timberline High School in the St. Louis area where he had a record-setting 107 career touchdowns as a prep. Secondly he scored his first NFL touchdown. Never mind the fact that he was trying to get rid of the ball after he scored (that’s a definite keeper!) from the one-yard line to give the Broncos a fighting chance.

“It feels good” Ball said of his first touchdown. “The game is finally slowing down for me because at the NFL level the game is going a lot faster than college.”

“I thought he ran the ball hard” John Fox added. “I thought his touchdown-run – what you saw was a big reason why we drafted him. I like the progress he’s making.”

Ball ended the night with 14 carries for 43 yards for a 3.1 average. It wasn’t the 5.7 yards per carry that Hillman put up but he didn’t fumble the ball either. It wasn’t the 6.6 yards per carry that Knowshon Moreno put up but Moreno was going against second and third string guys all night.