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Knowshon Moreno likely to leave Broncos as free agent

Knowshon MorenoThe Denver Broncos could have a different offensive look next season coming off their first trip to the Super Bowl since the 1998 season. Not only is there the possibility that Peyton Manning may retire after the game, but it sounds increasingly likely that running back Knowshon Moreno will not be back with the team next season.

Moreno was drafted by the Broncos in 2009 as a first-round pick and was considered a disappointment. He dealt with multiple injuries, was demoted, and Denver even drafted Montee Ball highly last year with hopes that he would become the team’s feature back. But Moreno finally put it together, stayed healthy and had the best season of his career this season. He rushed for 1,039 yards and 10 touchdowns and caught 60 passes for 548 yards and three touchdowns. Moreno played so well this season that he put himself in position to earn a lot of money in the offseason as a free agent.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported during the week leading up to the Super Bowl that the Broncos don’t expect to be able to re-sign Moreno in the offseason because he’ll be a free agent and figures to make more money elsewhere. The reasoning is sound, but will it be wise for a team to sign Moreno?

Until playing with Manning, Moreno hadn’t done much. Part of that is because he didn’t have great offensive teammates around him, and part of that is because he was always banged up. But when you have defenses spread out and worried about Peyton Manning, things become a lot easier for the running back. That’s a big reason why Moreno accumulated so many yards and touchdowns this season.

I wouldn’t expect Knowshon to repeat his success elsewhere because he won’t be on an record-breaking offense, but I think he’ll do OK. Would I pay him big money? Not a chance. But you figure some team will, which is why this will likely be his last game with the Broncos.

Knowshon Moreno crying during national anthem makes an insane slow-motion GIF

Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was clearly overwhelmed during the singing of the national anthem before his team’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. During the broadcast, CBS showed a replay of Moreno with tears streaming down his face as the Star Spangled Banner was being performed. It was nothing shy of raw emotion.

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My initial reaction was that Moreno had an abnormal amount of water coming out of his eyes, but then I had to stop and think if I have ever seen a slow-motion GIF of someone crying before. Maybe that’s just what it looks like. In any event, you have to love the passion. Moreno took getting fired up for a football game to a whole new level.

GIF via Kissing Suzy Kolber

LeSean McCoy stands by criticism of Knowshon Moreno

LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy must have some sort of personal issue with Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno. On Sunday, McCoy took the opportunity to use a tweet from ESPN’s Skip Bayless to point out that he believes Moreno “sucks.” To most, the tweet seemed completely uncalled for. Moreno seemed to agree, and he fired back at Shady after the Denver Broncos’ victory.

McCoy’s tweet was the type we have grown accustomed to seeing players backpedal after sending. Instead, McCoy poked fun at himself on Wednesday when he began his press conference by praising Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin with a smile on his face.

“I just want to say I think Doug Martin is a heck of a running back,” he told reporters, via Shutdown Corner. “He’s one of the better backs in the NFL, for sure.”

Since McCoy was kind enough to bring up the topic, a reporter asked him what he thinks of Moreno.

“I don’t want to talk about the past,” McCoy said. “It is what it is. What I said is what I meant.”

He was then asked if he regrets sending the tweet.

“No,” he said convincingly. “I don’t regret it.”

Even if McCoy does believe Moreno sucks, you would think he’d apologize or say he should not have sent the tweet. It’s not like the Eagles were even paying the Broncos, so the criticism was totally random. That’s why I’m inclined to think there’s a specific reason he doesn’t care for Moreno. Then again, McCoy has been known to use his Twitter account for very stupid things.

LeSean McCoy thinks Knowshon Moreno sucks

LeSean McCoyPhiladelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy apparently thinks very little of Knowshon Moreno’s abilities as a running back.

During the Denver Broncos’ game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, McCoy responded to a tweet from ESPN resident idiot Skip Bayless praising Knowshon by saying the Broncos running back sucks.

Well, LeSean, your first mistake is following Skip Bayless on Twitter. Your second mistake is opening your big mouth to bash another player who doesn’t suck. Your third and biggest mistake was reactivating that Twitter account. You should have kept it deactivated following that nasty spat with your baby mama.

UPDATE: Moreno responded after the game. Here’s his tweet:

Knowshon Moreno does rock, paper, scissors after touchdown

Knowshon Moreno showed off his sense of humor with a great touchdown celebration on Sunday.

Knowshon Moreno rock paper scissorsThe Denver Broncos running back scored on a 4-yard run against the Philadelphia Eagles and did rock, paper, scissors in the end zone. The funny celebration was a nod to Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman saying last week that he, Moreno, and Montee Ball played rock, paper, scissors to decide which one of the three would get to score the touchdown when the team had the ball at the 1-yard line last week in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders.

Broncos coach John Fox later disputed Hillman’s claim, but that didn’t stop Moreno from making light of it.

GIF via BuzzFeed Sports

Broncos running backs played rock, paper, scissors for last touchdown

Ronnie HillmanThe Denver Broncos have created a fantasy football nightmare with their crowded backfield. Knowshon Moreno emerged as the clear-cut starter with his breakout performance against the New York Giants last weekend, but Ronnie Hillman and rookie Montee Ball have still received their fair share of carries. On Tuesday night, the trio may have decided fantasy matchups with a game of rock, paper, scissors.

Hillman ripped off a 19-yard run in the fourth quarter to get the ball down to the 1-yard line. In order to decide which running back would get the chance to punch the ball in, Hillman says he played rock, paper, scissors against Ball and Moreno.

“I mean, you definitely don’t want to see anybody else go in at that point,” Hillman told Gray Caldwell of DenverBroncos.com. “We were just messing around on the sideline. Just something to do. Have fun. Luckily I won, so it all worked out.”

So there you have it. Ball has lost a fumble in two straight games and Hillman put the ball on the ground three times in preseason. You would think Moreno has earned the goal line work by default, but fantasy owners who have Hillman or Ball really just need their running backs to get better at rock, paper, scissors. That would help your team rack up more wins.

H/T Rotoworld

Knowshon Moreno, Michael Bush are the new hot fantasy additions

Apologies to anyone who listened to our advice to pick up running back Ronnie Hillman during the week with the expectation that he would start for the Denver Broncos. John Fox pulled a fast one on all of us.

Knowshon Moreno, who is a former first-round pick but has been a bust for Denver, surprisingly got the start on Sunday for the Broncos against the Kansas City Chiefs. He actually performed well, rushing for 85 yards on 20 carries and adding four catches for 26 yards. That was after amassing just 15 yards on eight carries the entire season (he had been a healthy scratch since Week 2).

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported before the game on Sunday that Moreno was getting the start because he’s the best of the three backs in pass protection, and because he had a good history against the Chiefs. Hillman only carried the ball three times for nine yards.

Though there is some admitted uncertainty at the Broncos running back position, it now appears as if Moreno is the one to own with Willis McGahee out. Keep in mind that Moreno frequently gets injured, so if you did pick up Hillman, try to keep him on your roster if you have an extra spot.

You can keep up with Knowshon Moreno news at his Rotoworld page.

Michael Bush‘s situation is a lot more straight-forward. Bush saw carries early for the Chicago Bears against the Minnesota Vikings, and then he took over every down after Matt Forte re-injured his ankle in the third quarter. Bush finished with 21 carries for 60 yards and two touchdowns for the Bears.

Bush is a load at 245 pounds and is a durable back. We know from his past with Oakland that he can handle every-down duties, so he should make for a good pickup. Monitor the status of Forte’s ankle to know what kind of workload you can expect Bush to have next weekend against the Seahawks.