Knowshon Moreno should get a call from the San Diego Chargers this offseason. Coming off a career season, Moreno should be an insurance policy for Ryan Mathews. Moreno and Mathews have similar styles of running as well as injury proneness.
The point isn’t to overspend for essentially a backup running back, but the Chargers need someone unlike veteran Ronnie Brown to make quicker cuts and play every down if need be which Danny Woodhead cannot provide. Moreno and Mathews are the essentially the same guy when healthy. Mathews finished his first full season in his career whilst Moreno had finished his first full season since his rookie season in 2009.
In 2009, a few mock drafts had the Chargers taking Moreno in the first round. A.J. Smith and the Chargers took Larry English who hasn’t grown into the rush linebacker they envisoned. But like the Chargers’ pick, Moreno still has question marks attached to his play. In 2012, the Denver Broncos had signed Willis McGahee and drafted Ronnie Hillman as insurance policies after Moreno had been on IR to end the 2011 season.
But 2013 was Moreno’s year as he rushed for 1,038 yards with ten touchdowns and caught 60 passes for 548 yards with three touchdowns.
Compare that to Mathews’ 1,255 yards with six touchdowns along with 26 catches for 189 yards and one touchdown.
The Chargers need Moreno because he’s the plug-and-play back if Mathews goes down. His questionable health should keep the price low, but at the same time his career year might warrant a bigger payday.
Though I’ve already tossed LeGarrette Blount’s name as potential addition, there are some lower-tier guys out there that the Chargers could call like Rashad Jennings and Toby Gerhart.