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Moreno finally makes his move

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Before the season, it appeared that either Ronnie Hillman or Montee Ball would emerge as the primary option in the running game for the Broncos.

Through two games, the right answer is neither.

Knowshon Moreno has become the most famous Moreno since Omar (yeah, the Pirates are finally good again), thanks to 121 total rushing yards through two weeks.  With 22 carries, Moreno is averaging 5.5 yards per attempt.  Ball, a rookie second-rounder, has 40 yards on 20 carries.  Hillman, still listed as the starter on the depth chart, has a paltry 18 yards.

For Moreno, it’s a rebirth for a career that never really was fully born.  A first-rounder in 2009, Moreno rushed for 947 yards as a rookie.  His numbers thereafter dropped until last season, when a knee injury to Willis McGahee gave Moreno a chance, after eight straight games without even making an appearance.

Moreno had a pair of 100-yard games late in the regular season, but the decision to use a second-round pick on Ball this year and a third-round pick on Hillman in 2012 strongly suggested that Knowshon’s time was short.

Instead, he’s seizing the job — and clearly winning the trust of Peyton Manning.

On Sunday, Moreno churned up 93 yards, 70 more than the entire output of the Giants’ running game.  As explained by Harvey Araton of the New York Times, Sunday’s showing came in Moreno’s home state, before a throng of family and friends.

“My grandma was here, too,” Moreno said.

Moreno’s grandma will have plenty of opportunities to be proud of Knowshon in the coming weeks.  In his fifth season, Moreno could finally be on the way to becoming the guy the franchise thought he was when the Broncos drafted him to be a franchise running back.

While the current regime had nothing to do with drafting Moreno, his presence on the roster demonstrates that some of the best moves a front office can make are to make no moves.  At a time when many assumed Moreno would be out of the mix, the Broncos’ patience is paying significant dividends.

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14 Responses to “Moreno finally makes his move”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2013 9:52 AM

    It’s easy for RB’s to look good when Manning as the QB, no one plays the run.

    Even Edgerin “no gain” James looked good.

  2. jrebar88 says: Sep 16, 2013 9:53 AM

    Fact: Denver wins the playoff game last year if Moreno doesnt get hurt.

  3. nananatman says: Sep 16, 2013 9:55 AM

    Scott looked like the Giants best back yesterday but the entire team looked like rookies in general.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Sep 16, 2013 10:03 AM

    I think the most famous Moreno is Rita.

  5. gordongetgo says: Sep 16, 2013 10:15 AM

    Looks like NoShow Moreno has finally shown up. Knowshon has looked great… now I just hope he stays healthy

  6. cletusvandam says: Sep 16, 2013 10:16 AM

    Lack of talent has never been the problem for Moreno. Give it another 2-3 weeks and you’ll see what the problem is. (It’s injuries)

  7. shayeezy says: Sep 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    fact: denver lost the playoff game last year.

  8. sdffa11 says: Sep 16, 2013 12:52 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 16, 2013 9:52 AM
    It’s easy for RB’s to look good when Manning as the QB, no one plays the run.

    then how come ball and hillman looks so bad? give credit (moreno) where credit is due.

  9. nard100 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:00 PM

    Let a Giants fan break it to Denver fans gently: don’t believe what you saw on Sunday out of Moreno. It’s more of an indictment of how bad the Giants run defense is than of how good Moreno has become. By the way, this defense also has a way of making backup qb’s look like all stars too!

  10. jrebar88 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:27 PM

    shayeezy says:
    Sep 16, 2013 10:17 AM
    fact: denver lost the playoff game last year.
    ————

    Fact: The Chiefs were 2-14.

  11. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2013 1:50 PM

    sdffa11 says:
    Sep 16, 2013 12:52 PM
    joetoronto says:
    Sep 16, 2013 9:52 AM
    It’s easy for RB’s to look good when Manning as the QB, no one plays the run.

    then how come ball and hillman looks so bad? give credit (moreno) where credit is due.
    ***************************************************
    Because they stink, seriously.

    All “hating” aside, any back playing with Peyton Manning looks better than he really is, NO ONE plays the run.

  12. jpm557 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:51 PM

    Fact: Matt Flynn has started 2 games in his pro career and is making millions of dollars to sit behind Pryor

  13. jamesonkersey says: Sep 16, 2013 1:54 PM

    I’ll give praise to Moreno. Dude came into the league and was supposed to set it on fire but almost fizzled out. He was demoted to practice squad before Willis and other RB’s went down with injuries. He stuck with it and despite the frustration and disappointment he kept his head up. Dude is finally coming into his own. Hope he keeps it up. All power to him.

  14. proceednet says: Sep 18, 2013 6:37 PM

    Moreno had the “come to god” talk with management, at the beginning of last year. He could have folded, being demoted so far. However, he took it as a serious call to action. So much so that I thought he would hurt himself demonstrating his motivation. He has morphed himself into a real NFL back. Every part of his game has been re-engineered. Notice that he’s put a few pounds in the right places.

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