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Samaje Perine explains why he chose Broncos, expects 'dangerous' RB duo with Javonte Williams

3/24/2023 3:56:07 PM
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Samaje Perine went from one timeshare in Cincinnati, where he played behind Joe Mixon the past three seasons, to one in Denver, where he projects as the primary reliever to Javonte Williams.

Perine said Thursday that new Broncos coach Sean Payton sold him on joining Denver and eschewing other chances to potentially carve out a starter-type role by underscoring how the former New Orleans Saints coach has utilized multiple running backs in the past, Kevin Patra of reports.

"What it came down to, really, was how up front Denver was with me as far as playing time and what coach Payton wants to do with me, personally, and what he wants to do as an offense," Perine said, via the Denver Post. "The first time I talked with coach Payton when everything opened up -- that first day -- the thing he really emphasized was his history of using multiple backs, using two backs in his time with the Saints and going through the history of the backs he's had.

"That made my decision a tad bit easier."

During his 15 years with the Saints, Payton indeed found production out of multi-player backfields. From the start with Deuce McAllister and Reggie Bush, Payton always coaxed output from more than one back. Pierre Thomas and Bush thrived. Heck, Mike Bell had a 654-yard season alongside Thomas and Bush. Chris Ivory joined the fun for a few years. At one point, Payton juggled a Mark Ingram/Pierre Thomas/Chris Ivory/Darren Sproles backfield. There was the Ingram/Tim Hightower season. Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Kamara and Latavius Murray. And in his final season with New Orleans, Payton even got 374 yards on the ground out of quarterback Taysom Hill.

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