The Denver Broncos are about ready to play their first game without starting running back, Willis McGahee who is out for at least eight weeks with a knee injury. The Broncos are going to use a committee approach to replace McGahee but there is a surprise. Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Broncos starting running back versus the Kansas City Chiefs will be Knowshon Moreno. Do you want to read that last sentence again before moving on?
At first it seems a little strange, ok a lot strange, that a guy would go from being inactive for most of the season to starting. However, it does make sense on a couple of levels. The first thing to remember is that Moreno has been a starter in the NFL, so it will not be too big for him. Moreno has also had his best days as a pro versus the Chiefs which the coaches know. Moreno is a better blocker than Lance Ball or Ronnie Hillman, and protecting Peyton Manning probably figured into the decision to start him.
Moreno may start but all three running backs are going to play; my guess is that Hillman will end up playing the most but this is probably the last opportunity for Moreno to make a statement. If he goes out and plays well as the starter, then maybe the Broncos look at him differently in the long term. If he struggles, then Moreno’s days in Denver will probably end when the season does.
The Denver Broncos have big plans over the next 2+ months and finding a replacement for McGahee is a must. Moreno gets the first shot on Sunday; it’s time for him to step up.
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