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Ryan Torain: Ready To Make An Impact in Denver?

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There's a lot of talk throughout the Denver-area media that Torain will be back for this Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, but that coverage has shifted to questioning the former ASU back's readiness to play in the NFL.

Ad nauseum, the sports reporters refrain has been "he hasn't even played in a preseason game; how can Ryan Torain automatically be crowned a running back hero?"

This is a legitimate question, but in all honesty, all one needs to do is look at how Jonathan Stewart is doing in Carolina, or Steve Slaton in Houston. These rookie backs stepped in and immediately produced in their new environments.

What makes Torain special? Lets look at some Youtube videos, shall we?

Highlight reel

Here is footage from an April workout tape:

The guy has explosiveness and power. He is everything ASU is missing from their running game this season, and that is why the Sun Devils are 2-4 instead of 5-1, or even 6-0.

Denver will NOT be disappointed with this guy; in reality, their expectations should be tempered by the fact that they have a solid running game to begin with, and any improvement will be a huge feather in the cap of Mike Shanahan.

Either way, he's way better than Selvin Young.