On the radar: J.J. Arrington

A player, coach or issue that should be on your radar as training camp approaches.

The Denver Broncos are giving J.J. Arrington another chance to be their short-yardage back. Denver signed Arrington as a free agent in 2009. But he failed his physical because he needed major knee surgery.

Denver re-signed Arrington this year with the hope he can give the team a spark. The Broncos desperately need a third-down back who can produce. Arrington, who also could be in the return-game mix, has ability and showed flashes while with Arizona. If he can stay healthy, the Broncos will use him extensively.

Denver visited with veteran third-down back Brian Westbrook in May. But the Broncos decided to take a long look at Arrington in training camp. If Arrington can stay healthy, and if he looks good, Denver will keep him. If not, and Westbrook is still a free agent, the Broncos could come calling.

But Arrington will be given the chance to succeed in Denver. It’s clear the Broncos want it to work out with Arrington or they wouldn’t have brought him back.