For many weeks, I had been wondering why a player as talented as Knowshon Moreno was wearing street clothes on the sideline.
After Moreno finally got another chance to play last week against Kansas City, it was even more difficult to understand how he would be benched in favor of Lance Ball and rookie Ronnie Hillman, who is still very much a raw work in progress.
Every time I watch Knowshon Moreno play, he has flashes where he looks like a franchise type of back. His balance and explosiveness as a runner are eye-catching.
What really stood out to me against the Chiefs, besides his obvious gift as a runner, was the precision and authority with which he ran his receiving routes.
Moreno just seems to be on another level compared with all of Denver's other runners. I expect Peyton Manning to take notice of Moreno during film study and get him more involved this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While we are on the subject of watching film, I continue to wonder how the Denver Broncos are not seeing that, aside from a few plays a game, Brandon Stokley is struggling to make himself an option for Manning to throw to.
Don't get me wrong, Stokley is still a playmaker, but at 36, is he really a better option than Andre Caldwell, who has gotten next to no chance to play at all this season?
Caldwell is a very special talent at wide receiver, with great speed, size and soft hands. I was excited when the Broncos signed him this past summer and began to dream of how great it was going to be to team up such a gifted young receiver with Peyton Manning.
It continues to be a dream.
Perhaps the person to blame for Denver's misuse of Andre Caldwell is Peyton Manning himself. I get it, Brandon Stokley is a familiar face in a strange new place for Peyton Manning. Manning knows him and is comfortable with him.
The cold reality, though, is that it is time for Manning to get to know Andre Caldwell. He might find out that having him as a friend on the field might not be a bad thing at all.
Another player that I would love to see the Broncos utilize on offense is Trindon Holliday.
Perhaps his lack of use is more understandable, since he was an in-season addition and hasn't had as much time to work himself into the offense. We did get a glimpse of him on offense against the Carolina Panthers, and it looked like the Broncos were onto something.
The guy is electric with the football in his hands. He's so fast he makes people that are fast look...not fast. He could give Peyton Manning what Darren Sproles has given Drew Brees.
I suppose Trindon Holliday isn't the only special teams god that has struggled to make an impact on offense. Dante Hall never amounted to much for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Devin Hester has never been much of a threat at wide receiver for the Bears.
However, Dante Hall and Devin Hester never had a guy like Peyton Manning to bring out the best in them.
Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense has been very lackluster the past couple of weeks. It's really been the Denver defense that has stepped up to the plate so far and put this team on its shoulders.
Denver might be good enough to win with its current rotation, but it will never achieve its full potential unless it brings all of its weapons to the fight.
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