RB Selvin Young - Free Agent

5-11, 215Born: 10-1-1983College: TexasDrafted: ---

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2008 Week 1 vs OAK (7 / 36 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Young was splitting time with Hall and Pittman. He managed to bounce off of a couple of defenders and showed good cutback ability. Oakland could not keep up with Denver's rushing attack, and Young benefited from this.

2008 Week 2 vs SD (8 / 78 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Young, unlike Andre Hall and Michael Pittman, had one big gain that set him apart in this contest. For the most part, the Broncos picked up several yards here and several yards there without many huge gains. Young was the only one of the three to actually get loose for a long run, though it was more a case of the Chargers playing poor defense than anything spectacular Young did. He ran to his right and was met by a sea of tacklers. Fortunately for Young, that sea of tacklers was mostly made up of players who were in the process of badly over pursuing him and in the process of losing their containment of him on the back side. So he changed direction, turned upfield, and had himself an easy 49 yard run.

2008 Week 3 vs NO (11 / 65 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Young was utilized first and most often in this game and posted a fine 5.9 per carry average, but it's clear Coach Shanahan is going to spread the rushes among his three running backs. And with so many receiver options here the RB position didn't get many balls thrown their way.

2008 Week 4 vs KC (11 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

He continues to be the number one back, though in this RBBC situation that doesn't usually amount to much. In a game that should have produced plenty of yards against a rushing defense ranked near the bottom of the league, Young didn't get very far. His one pass target came inside the Chiefs' five yard line. Late in the game Young had 30 and 31 yard kick off returns.

2008 Week 5 vs TB (10 / 38 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Young failed to get much going against Tampa Bay with ten rushes for 38 yards rushing and just one reception for one yard on three targets in the passing game. He had a long run of just eight yards and could not find much room on the outside against a fast Buccaneer defense.

2008 Week 10 vs CLE (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Young has been battling a groin injury for several weeks and game into this game backing up RB Ryan Torain. He reaggravated his groin injury on his only carry of the game and he did not return to the game.

2008 Week 15 vs CAR (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Young was the least effective of Denver's three healthy running backs. He totaled only 19 yards on his six carries. Young did not get any attempts after he fumbled on the second to last play before halftime.

2008 Week 16 vs BUF (7 / 16 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Young replaced Pope and carried seven times for a 2.3 yard average. Young was sidelined in the third quarter with a pinched nerve and did not return to the game. Young's fumble late in the first half against Carolina earned a second half benching, but with so many injured Denver running backs he kept his job. Now the trainers will be working hard to get him back on the field.

2007 Week 1 vs BUF (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It came as a shock to some that this free agent from Texas beat out Mike Bell to backup Travis Henry. Young saw limited action, although he made a heads up play that may have saved the game. Cutler fumbled and then threw a lateral over Young's head. The rookie alertly hustled to the loose ball, arrived before two Buffalo players could recover it, and batted it out of bounds to retain possession.

2007 Week 2 vs OAK (3 / 43 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Young played as Travis Henry's primary backup in this game, always lining up out of the tailback position, while his competition; Cecil Sapp and Mike Bell both played fullback. His biggest impact came on taking a handoff from Cutler out of the shotgun for 40 yards. He only had two other carries for three total yards. Young was targeted three times in the passing game, two on deeper passes from Cutler. One of the balls he appeared to come down with, but it was knocked out when he hit the ground. Young ended up catching one ball for one yard.

2007 Week 3 vs JAX (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)

Young had more of an impact as a pass catcher than a runner. He showed good running ability and speed by turning both of his targets into good yardage, but lost a fumble at the end of one of his runs.

2007 Week 4 vs IND (8 / 81 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Young made a strong case for more carries, posting 81 yards on eight carries and pulling in two catches for ten more yards. Young's biggest run came on a reverse-type play for 32 yards. He came in as the running back whenever Travis Henry went out of the game.

2007 Week 5 vs SD (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)

This week's hot waiver wire pickup had a fairly quiet afternoon. His only carry of the game came in the middle of the second quarter and resulted in no gain. He was thrown to several times and was actually the most heavily targeted player outside of Brandon Marshall. He couldn't really get much going in the passing game, however, because there was almost always a San Diego defender waiting for him. He did drop a pass over the middle that would have gone for a first down midway through the second quarter. It's possible that it could have even gone for a touchdown, but that would've taken some nice moves after the catch as there were defenders between Young and the goal. With only one carry in this game, it isn't any clearer now than it was before the game as far as how he would handle a larger role in the offense. It's worth noting, however, that no other running backs got carries besides Henry and Young.

2007 Week 7 vs PIT (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

Young had a couple of ineffective rush attempts, and a nice screen pass for a 16 yard gain for a first down.

2007 Week 8 vs GB (18 / 71 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)

Young was busy in the first quarter totaling 58 yards on ten rushes and two receptions. On the touchdown scoring drive, he had three carries from inside the Green Bay eight but was unable to run the ball into the end zone. Young's numbers would have been better, but a 48 yard run was negated on a questionable holding penalty called on WR Brandon Marshall.

2007 Week 9 vs DET (6 / 12 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Like Henry, Young struggled, averaging only two yards on his six attempts. Young had two receptions for 15 yards. He was also guilty of a dropped pass.

2007 Week 10 vs KC (20 / 109 / 1 rush, 4 / 3 / 20 / 0 rec)

Before the year began, undrafted rookie Selvin Young surprised everyone by winning the backup running back position over veteran Mike Bell. With injuries and a pending suspension hanging over starter Travis Henry, Young provided validation for his selection as next in line for the coveted Denver Broncos starting running back position. He totaled 129 yards on three catches and 20 rushes and scored the touchdown that put the Broncos ahead for good on a magnificent 20 yard run.

2007 Week 11 vs TEN (14 / 54 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Young led the Broncos in rushing attempts, but never broke any big runs. His long rush was nine yards. Young did show good elusiveness as he rarely went down on first contact and usually found a way to gain an extra yard or two on every run. He caught a few dump off passes as well. He left the game in the fourth quarter with an injured knee, but he returned later when his replacement, Andre Hall, was shaken up.

2007 Week 13 vs OAK (7 / 28 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)

Young returned after missing a game with a sprained knee. He ran effectively, but was banged up a couple of times during the game and did not have any action after half time. Young had runs of nine, eight, nine, and seven yards. He caught two passes for 17 yards. The first reception netted ten yards on a third down and eight play.

2007 Week 14 vs KC (17 / 156 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rookie Selvin Young seems to be establishing himself nicely as the prime running back at Denver. He had several very impressive runs including a 50 yarder as he gained 156 yards on just 17 carries. He was not utilized in the passing attack or kept in at the goal line, but his stats were still impressive.

2007 Week 15 vs HOU (8 / 34 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 8 / 0 rec)

Young started the game for the Broncos, but was largely ineffective running the ball. However, he did bail QB Jay Cutler out of a few tight spots by hauling in five short passes.

2007 Week 16 vs SD (10 / 39 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

Young started the game and received the majority of the rushing duties, but he had little more success than backup Travis Henry. While Young averaged nearly four yards per carry, he didn't get nearly enough touches to be very productive with them. And since Jay Cutler was performing so poorly in the passing game, Young's opportunities to make plays were lessened even more. He came close to scoring when he took a reception down to the three yard line, but he was replaced on the next two plays by FB Cecil Sapp. Sapp was not only stuffed on third down, but on fourth down as well, resulting in a turnover on downs.

2007 Week 17 vs MIN (22 / 87 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 12 / 0 rec)

Young was able to gain chucks of yardage on the Vikings rush defense. He was able to find cutback lanes consistently and was able to keep the chains moving. He started slowly, but once the Broncos built up a lead, he was able to grind out the clock until the fourth quarter. He did not have any spectacular runs, but was able to get positive yards most of his carries.