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Knowshon Moreno could be facing the end of the road in Denver

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He was the 12th overall pick in 2009, a draft that has produced plenty of first-round busts.  And Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno could soon be out of a job in Denver, barring a dramatic turnaround in his fourth season.

Moreno, who tore an ACL last year, already has lost his starting job to veteran Willis McGahee.  The arrival of Ronnie Hillman via round three of the 2012 draft could knock Moreno another peg down the depth chart.

Moreno claims he’s unfazed by the crowded backfield and his current standing in it.

Every year is going to have that.  You always have to have backs. It doesn’t mean anything,” Moreno said recently, via Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.  “Everyone is still competing for a job, everyone is trying to make the team better.”

Entering the fourth year of his rookie contract, Moreno is due to earn a base salary of only $855,000.  Other compensation may be available, and the likely cap acceleration from his pre-wage scale deal could give him another year to prove that the Broncos made the right call when calling his name three years ago.

Working against Moreno is a February DUI arrest.

Moreno rushed for 947 yards as a rookie.  In 2010, his production dropped to 779 yards.  He had only 179 yards in seven games before suffering his season-ending injury in 2011.

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11 Responses to “Knowshon Moreno could be facing the end of the road in Denver”
  1. milehigh85 says: May 26, 2012 5:05 PM

    Personally I was never impressed with Noshow. Seemed like an underachiever from the start. I’m hoping Hillman is the speedster Denver has been looking for…

  2. broncobrewer says: May 26, 2012 5:08 PM

    He’s another mcdaniels bust get rid of him

  3. azbroncos says: May 26, 2012 5:31 PM

    Make it or break it year for No-Show. Still holding out hope that he actually does something this year. But alas, one of the last remaining McD’s picks will be off the roster soon. Then we can just blank out that years draft so we can try to forget about it. lol

  4. mrhurriicane says: May 26, 2012 5:39 PM

    I went back and looked at the 2009 draft. Wow that was an awful year. Moreno has no business being drafted that high in the first place.

  5. coachbeck says: May 26, 2012 6:47 PM

    Could be another garrison hearst just needs a new home.

  6. lionsmark09 says: May 26, 2012 7:34 PM

    Could be nice in Detroit. Pretty crowded backfield though.

  7. jjbadd says: May 26, 2012 7:51 PM

    He’s had bust written on him from the start. He’s just awful.

  8. sidelinegurunbc says: May 26, 2012 8:37 PM

    Moreno should have played his final year at UGA. He was never mature enough to make it in the NFL. He still could develop but he will not make the Denver final cut.

  9. jrosenbaum says: May 26, 2012 10:24 PM

    Hillman and Willis “The Vulture” McGahee could be a nice combo. Knowshon seems like he should move on elsewhere. Maybe Arizona?

  10. stairwayto7 says: May 27, 2012 1:01 AM

    Another OVERRATED and BUST SEC player!

  11. dcbronco says: May 27, 2012 10:55 AM

    NoShow was overrated and never should have been drafted. He went down at the slightest touch in college. He did his best , only work through huge holes. Once he contacted another persons body parts he folded. He had no hope in the NFL. If a guy can’t break arm tackles in college he has no hope in the NFL.

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