Posted Tue Sep 14th by Monty
Correll Buckhalter‘s disappointing output as backup running back in the Broncos‘ season opener in Jacksonville (six carries, 15 yards, 2.5 avg. with a fumble) has apparently spurned a reaction from Head Coach Josh McDaniels.
The Denver Broncos on Tuesday traded for running back Laurence Maroney from the New England Patriots, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Per Schefter, the Broncos send the Patriots their 2011 fourth round draft pick. The Broncos receive Maroney and the Patriots’ sixth round draft pick in return.
In addition to causing a sudden lack of job security for backup running backs Buckhalter, Lance Ball, and Andre Brown, the move could indicate that starter Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 60 yards in Sunday’s season opener, may have suffered a setback from his preseason hamstring injury.
The Broncos have yet to officially announce the move, or how they will make room on their 53-man roster for Maroney.
Maroney (5-11, 220) has tallied 2,430 yards (4.2 avg.) and 21 touchdowns in four years in New England, but missed the Patriots’ season opener while healing over a thigh injury. On Monday, before today’s news, he told The Boston Herald he’s waiting for his chance.
“It’s definitely a frustrating thing when you feel like you had a good preseason and you want to come out here and just help the team any way possible,” Maroney said.
We’re not the biggest fan of Maroney — he reminds us a lot of Moreno himself, exerting wasted motion in his cuts that make it difficult for him to get to the second level (hopefully Moreno, being one game into his sophomore campaign, can adjust and grow out of these tendencies). But if Maroney is ready for backup duty, he’s a better option than Buck and company, making this is a great trade, especially since the Broncos didn’t break the bank in compensation.
And the Patriots West movement continues…