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Published on 12/11/2012 at Tue Dec 11 10:44.
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Following his solid performance on Thursday Night Football, Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has been nominated for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award on NFL.com.

Against the Raiders, Moreno (5′-11″, 200 lbs.) rushed a career-high 32 times for 119 yards and a score on the ground while adding four pass receptions for an additional 48 yards.

Moreno figures to be the Broncos feature back moving forward.

“(Moreno) was very patient for his opportunity and he’s making the most of it,” said Coach John Fox.  ”(Against Oakland), I thought he ran the ball very physical, very smart.  He protected well, so all in all I think he had a winning performance.”

Over the past three weeks, Moreno has rushed 52 times for 273 yards while also catching 16 passes for 88 more yards.  This week, Moreno will face a 25th-ranked Ravens run defense that has allowed 129.3 yards on the ground per game this season.

Fans can vote for Moreno at NFL.com/FedEx.  After voting for Moreno, vote for the rest of the team for the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl!

  • Pete Baron

    I voted for him! Dude impressed me. He has been impressing me since McGahee went down. I have to say, if he keeps this up, there should be a spot on this roster for him next season (not as the starter, but a rotational back for sure).

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonmark93 Jon Broncos Heath

    I could see him being the starter going into 2013.

    If McGahee is brought back next year, I don’t foresee him being productive much longer. Maybe the Broncos will bring in a free agent, but I don’t see them drafting a RB after they got Hillman in April.

    That leaves Knowshon.

  • TheTroglodyte

    RB’s keep slipping down the board. I would prefer if they draft one that slips. A guy like Robert Turbin who was an obvious late round steal.

    Moreno has been proving himself to be a capable 3 down back so far though. I just hope he stays healthy!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonmark93 Jon Broncos Heath

    As long as they don’t grab one early, I guess I’d be OK with them drafting one. I just can’t really justify that after drafting Hillman early this year and with Moreno playing well.

  • Pete Baron

    Think so? Hillman showed a bit of promise, but do you think they’d go into next year looking like they do right now at the RB position? I wonder what money Moreno will require? I’m assuming not much (but more than minimum). I’m just still not sure if our front office will want to keep the “poster boy” of failed McDaniels’ draft day decisions.

  • Pete Baron

    Yeah. My thoughts are, “Unless he’s Adrian Peterson good, don’t draft in the 1st round” and “Unless he’s Doug Martin good, don’t draft before round 4″.

    Gems, especially RB gems, can be found anywhere in the draft. Running Back probably has more late round talent in it than at the top of the draft.

  • Jim_Jebow

    I can see Knowshon succeeding with another team if he did leave. He reminds me of Reggie Bush

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonmark93 Jon Broncos Heath

    He’s under contract through 2013 and the team can exercise an option year in ’14 by paying Moreno $5.08 million.

    2012: $855,000, 2013: $1.7 million, 2014: $1.31 million (Club Option), 2015: Free Agent

    Per Rotoworld.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonmark93 Jon Broncos Heath

    Bush is doing pretty well in Miami…

  • Pete Baron

    Funny, cause I thought this was his last year on his contract (year 4). But yeah, he signed a 5 yr contract (2009-2013). Guess there’s an extra 6th year as an option? I know I’ll catch hell for my math, so I’ll expand it…
    2009 = 1st yr
    2010 = 2nd yr
    2011 = 3rd yr
    2012 = 4th yr
    2013 = 5th yr
    2014 = 6th yr

  • RSH, Esq.

    It’s great to see Moreno getting playing time–especially after all of the vitriol, which has been perpetually directed at him by a large portion of the Denver Broncos’ fanbase and the local media.

    He may not be a first round talent as everyone thought prior to the 2009 NFL Draft, but he certainly is not the scrub many make him out to be. Moreno brings great energy each and every game–whether on the field or cheering on his teammates from the sidelines. I am happy for the guy.

  • MeOMy

    I think we need to take a chance on a RB in the 5th or 6th round. I don’t see us keeping McGahee for next year. He will be 32, coming off injury, and a season where he fumbled way to may times. Moreno will be good to be the starter until he gets injured. Hopefully Hillman will learn how to pick up a blitz by then. I doubt anyone we draft in the late rounds would be any worse then Ball and we might get lucky like Washington.

  • Doom92

    I still say that if Knowshow is the best we can do we are hurting. Knowshow being the starter going into next year? I have to scuff at that, dude has had a couple good games and now he is the started for next year? Let’s see how he does against playoff caliber D’s then anoint him, not before.

    Thats like saying oh well Kirk Cousins came on and won the game for the Skins so he should be the man now! I hardly think so. I said we were hurting at RB before McGahee went down and believe we still are. The running game WILL HAVE to get WAY better to make it in the playoffs. Any team in the mix can shut Knowshow down.

    I had said before that I didn’t think that Knowshow could do the same against the Ravens that he has been doing, then of course I see that they are 25th against the run so perhaps he might or maybe even can and will, but I’m not thinking so. If he does I’ll still have my cro9w and try to enjoy it…lol.

  • Doom92

    Here, here Pete… Like him, don’t like him these are words of wisdom and I have to say I certainly hope not. Going into next season looking the same at RB would seriously be a sign of saying we are OK with status quo, and that simply not good enough.

  • TheTroglodyte

    I did NOT like the Hillman pick whatsoever. I do not like the idea of picking a RB up in the 1st round in 2013 either unless Lacy slips to us at 32 ;)

  • carsonic

    I don’t think McGahee is back next year either, after his injuries, and with his age, so that means we need a power back in the rotation, and obviously Moreno is not it. I hope we do draft someone, though I wish we could steal Bobby Turner back from Shanny to help us pick. If we could land an Alfred Morris type, we’d be set. I think that would still put Moreno in as the relief back, and Hillman as the change of pace, but that’s a lineup I could live with.