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Published on 12/18/2012 at Tue Dec 18 11:37.
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After turning heads—and jumping over them—on Sunday, Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has been nominated for the Week 15 FedEx Ground Player of the Week award on

Against the Baltimore Ravens, Moreno rushed 22 times for 118 yards and a score.  His competition in the voting this week is Houston’s Arian Foster and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson—he’s in good company.

“I’ve said it many times, my hat’s off to him,” Coach John Fox said on Monday. “He (has) kept working.  This game’s about getting your opportunity and then taking advantage of it when you get it.  I think he’s done an excellent job.”

Moreno has now rushed for 100-plus yards in consecutive weeks for the first time in his career.  This also marks the second consecutive week Moreno has been nominated for a rushing award on

Over the past two weeks, Moreno has gained 363 yards from scrimmage and has scored twice.  On Sunday, he’ll face a 19th-ranked Cleveland Browns defense that has allowed more than 120 yards on the ground per game this season. Keep on runnin’, Knowshon.

  • Aaron McFarland

    Doubt Moreno is winning this, after Adrian Peterson put up 200 on the Rams.

  • Jon Broncos Heath

    Be that as it may, Moreno has been spot on.

    I actually think he is playing better now then McGahee was when he was injured.

  • Jason Holm

    Most certainly. McGahee was very fumble prone. It seemed like every game he lost at least one fumble. More so, Moreno is hitting the hole faster and with more authority and doing a good job in pass protection.

  • Guest

    There was someone here that was swearing in pre-season Moreno would be our best RB this year. I wish I could remember who that was :p

  • Doom92

    I have to agree with the Pass Protection, I think I’ve seen him miss one block in the last 4 games. I’m a hater but thats pretty damn good!

  • Doom92

    There were a number of people that were saying that.. But being the best RB we have isn’t that great, really! I have to agree he is emerging but still wonder for how long. He was a bust for a first round guy but still had some decent games in his first year and now he has had 4 good games against very poor run D’s. But with that said its still the NFL and its not easy running even on poor D’s.

    I’m glad he is tasting some success because it is helping us, but still don’t NOT think he is the RB of the future for this team. He is for sure showing possible value as a relief guy going beyond this year however.

  • MeOMy

    The one miss I saw was Manning’s fault. He shifted Moreno to the other side before the snap. The rusher then came from the side Moreno just vacated and he couldn’t get over in time.

  • MeOMy

    It’s not easy to find an Adrian Peterson. With Manning on your team you don’t really need one either. So long as Denver has someone to get those short 3rd and 1 runs in Denver is just fine having Moreno as the starting RB. Moreno will never be a power back.

    My only concern I’ve ever had with Moreno is his ability to stay healthy.

  • TheTroglodyte

    The guy has first round talent and that is not up for debate. No RB has ever been that successful in the SEC and just been a total bust in the NFL barring injury or sheer laziness.

    Moreno has never been lazy but he has had a lot of injuries in addition to strugging to find his place.

    Year 1 he gained 10 – 15 pounds to get ready for the NFL. It was too much for his body type and he struggled.

    Year 2 he was actually pretty productive in his limited playing time but lacked his college explosiveness with the bigger body.

    Year 3 he lost 15 – 20 pounds and he was too light and he got hurt.

    Year 4 he is back at his college playing weight which fits his body, he’s had 4 years to mature his mindset and his work ethic has gone up from average to very good.

    We have absolute crap for guards blocking and he is still average 4 ypc, showing vision, patience, pass blocking and catching skills.

    As long as he can stay healthy and motivated (which is the ONLY question mark at this point) he’s going to be a very solid RB for the next 4 – 5 years.