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Is Knowshon Moreno headed for a third down role?

Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 11:04 am
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Posted by Andy BenoitK. Moreno (US Presswire)

Knowshon Moreno may have to order new business cards soon. Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post believes the third-year pro could soon have the job title of “third-down back.” This would technically be a demotion for the “starter,” though in today’s two-back NFL, the drop from first to second string is not always significant.

New Broncos head coach John Fox had a two-back offense in Carolina, featuring a pair of first-rounders in DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. There are whispers that Williams, a free agent, could wind up in Denver. (A lot will depend on what the 2011 League Year rules turn out to be; Williams would be only a restricted free agent if the NFL sticks with last year’s rules.)

The Broncos figure to want a bigger back to lean on. At 5’11”, 210, Moreno is not undersized per se, but he does not have the frame or playing style of a 25-touches-per-game guy. Durability has been an issue in his career, though most of his injuries have pertained to pulled muscles, which don’t have a lot to do with size and strength.

Moreno is a mechanical runner, so there’s no guarantee he’d thrive in a strict third down capacity. But given his open-field athleticism, it’d certainly be a bet worth making.

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Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 3:26 pm
 

Is Knowshon Moreno headed for a third down role?

Knowshon... what a stupid name.  I get injured just pronouncing it. 



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: May 26, 2011 8:01 am
 

Is Knowshon Moreno headed for a third down role?

Its a shame that he has been plagued with little injuries since coming to the league because he was an absolute beast at Georgia. If he can stay healthy he can be an every down type of back. Fox needs to put him in the right situations so he can prove how valuable he can be. He has great vision and is extremely elusive coming through the line. If used properly he can be an impact player for Denver. And if he can't stay healthy it will be another case of a great college back not translating to the NFL.



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