NFL roster cuts were a plenty today as teams had to shrink their roster from 90 to 75 players. It’s a trying time for rookies and other players that are teetering on the cut line. For first round draft picks, the annual roster cuts should never come as a worrisome sight. However, for one former first round pick, the roles are reversed.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno may be in danger of not making the 53 man roster once final cuts are made on Friday. Moreno has been, for the most part, ineffective this preseason when he really couldn’t afford to be.
He’s coming off an ACL injury that he suffered late last season but that’s not his only issue heading into this season. Coming back from a torn knee ligament is hard enough but when you add off-the-field issues to the equation it becomes even more difficult.
Moreno was pulled over this off-season and arrested for driving while under the influence. To make matters worse, his license plate ironically read ‘SAUCED’. It’s safe to say he didn’t have the most relaxing off-season.
The former first round product from Georgia is being pressured by rookie Ronnie Hillman and veteran Lance Ball for the final running back spots and he hasn’t been able to separate himself. The other backs have played just as well, maybe even better than Moreno and he doesn’t really fit any special team roles. He’s at his best while catching passes out of the backfield and getting into open space but he struggles running in between the tackles and tends to try and juke defenders too much instead of running north/south.
If he finds himself descending down the depth chart any further it could be a disappointing start to his weekend.