Knowshon Moreno. We all know that Josh McDaniels reached when he drafted Moreno #12 overall in the 2009 draft. But it wasn't Moreno's fault where he got drafted. He just got drafted. And although he didn't have an amazing rookie year, he did do pretty well racking up over 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 9 TDs. At the time, the future looked relatively bright for him.
Knowshon's problem has always been his health. 2009 was the only year that he actually played in all 16 games. In Training Camp in 2012, many pundits predicted his demise and that he'd end up on the Broncos' cutting floor just 3 years after being drafted in the 1st Round. But Knowshon made the team. And then he found himself in John Fox's doghouse early because of fumbling issues. Willis McGahee picked up the slack as the Broncos workhorse back. And then McGahee suffered a knee injury that cut his season short.
Knowshon stepped in and in my opinion, he did a fantastic job. He was by far a better fit for the Peyton Manning offense than McGahee. He went on to start 6 games and contributed significantly to the Broncos offensive attack, notching his first ever career back to back 100 yard rushing games. How 'bout when he hurdled future HOFer, Ed Reed in Week 15?
Knowshon Moreno should be, and I believe WILL BE, the Broncos 1st string RB when the chips go down in Week 1 vs the Ravens. Hillman has fumbling issues, goes down at first contact, and isn't great at PassPro. Ball is the future, but he contributed to one of the biggest hits PFM has taken as a Bronco when he missed a block earlier in the Preseason. Tsk tsk. That doesn't fly. Especially when all of your franchise's hopes rest on the shoulders of a QB who's had 4 neck surgeries. Knowshon is a better runner than he's given credit for. He's bulked up over the offseason. He's been running with authority in TC and Preseason action.
I think that he Broncos will employ a RBBC approach in '13, but when the plays matter (2 minute drill, passing downs, etc) it'll be Moreno in there with the 1's. He gives us the best chance to win.