A number of teams around the league released preseason depth charts on Monday, and the Denver Broncos were one of them. Peyton Manning is the starting quarterback. Willis McGahee is the top running back. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker are the first-team wide receivers.
One big-name player who’s already buried on Denver’s depth chart is fourth-year tailback Knowshon Moreno. The 12th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft, Moreno is listed on the Broncos’ fourth-team offense. He’s stacked alongside Xavier Omon and Jeremiah Johnson on the fourth string. McGahee, Lance Ball, and rookie Ronnie Hillman are listed as the top three backs.
Although these pre-preseason depth charts typically don’t mean much, it’s certainly noticeable when a player once regarded as highly as Moreno comes in so low on the totem pole at his respective position. Moreno is on the roster bubble this year, and it’s not hard to imagine the Broncos swinging him for a late-round pick if any team came calling.