Moreno Seizes The Job And Manning’s Trust

Broncos_Moreno_2013Before the season, it appeared that either Ronnie Hillman or Montee Ball would emerge as the primary option in the running game for the Broncos.

Through two games, the right answer is neither.

Knowshon Moreno has become the most famous Moreno since Omar (yeah, the Pirates are finally good again), thanks to 121 total rushing yards through two weeks. With 22 carries, Moreno is averaging 5.5 yards per attempt. Ball, a rookie second-rounder, has 40 yards on 20 carries. Hillman, still listed as the starter on the depth chart, has a paltry 18 yards.

For Moreno, it’s a rebirth for a career that never really was fully born. A first-rounder in 2009, Moreno rushed for 947 yards as a rookie. His numbers thereafter dropped until last season, when a knee injury to Willis McGahee gave Moreno a chance, after eight straight games without even making an appearance.