A Tale Of The Denver Broncos Running Backs

Brendon TateCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2009

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MAY 03:  First round draft pick running back Knowshon Moreno #27 of Denver Broncos takes a drink as he participates in practice at minicamp at the Broncos training facility on May 3, 2009 in Englewood, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Over the past two seasons, the Denver Broncos have struggled to find an identity with the running game. Whether it has been due to a lack of talent, or injuries the Denver Broncos have not had a premier pro bowl running back since Clinton Portis. Personally I believe the Broncos organization is the best for running backs because of two things: Running backs coach Bobby Turner and the zone blocking scheme that infuriates defenses.

Over the past year the Broncos put an astonishing seven running backs on injured reserve within 15 weeks of NFL games. This high number of injuries is very scary for an organization to face especially when your team is one game away from capturing a playoff birth.

After the Broncos season unfortunately ended because of blown opportunities, Pat Bowlen fired Mike Shanahan and most of his crew. That's when Josh McDaniels came in and gave this team his identity. He went out and signed Correll Buckhalter, J.J. Arrington, Darius Walker, and  LaMont Jordan as free agents in the off-season. Many said this was a overhaul of running backs on the roster.

As if the free agent signings were not already a testament to how many running backs this team could use. The Broncos went out during the 2009 draft and took Knowshon Moreno with the 12th overall pick. Moreno was highly regarded as the best running back in the draft.

Many believed taking Moreno at No. 12 was not a good pick, since they could have easily took a top 10 defensive player with that pick, which they needed. I believe this was a great decision, because as you know you can never have too many running backs, and going back to last year, you never want to see seven running backs go down again without any solid backups to carry the ball.

Currently the Denver Broncos have six running backs on roster, after cutting J.J. Arrington. Five of those six running backs can be great players for this Denver team.

As for the best running back on the roster, I have to give it to Knowshon Moreno out of Georgia. He only played two seasons in Georgia, but he broke records and could have been one of NCAA Division I best. From leaping over defenders to shaking them, to running over them for touchdowns, Moreno did it all.

Coming into Denver, Moreno is already extremely fortunate, he gets to run for the best organization for up-and-coming running backs. Moreno can be Denver's next Clinton Portis and rush for 1500 yards in back to back seasons.

Come September, Moreno will be the Denver Broncos starting running back and he will not disappoint as he runs toward glory.

Give me your opinion. Thanks!