Moreno is Less

Rustyn RoseContributor IAugust 11, 2009

ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 29:  Running back Knowshon Moreno #24 of the Georgia Bulldogs ran for 97 yards and a touchdown during the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the game at Sanford Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Athens, Georgia.  The Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs 45-42.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Knowshon Moreno is a pretty complete running back and should shoulder the load for the Denver Broncos in coming years, but I would not put that much stock in him for 2009. New coach Josh McDaniels is big on former boss Bill Bellicheck’s RBBC method of spreading the ball around. And let’s face it, there is no shortage of running back’s in Colorado.

While rookie Peyton Hillis looks to line up as fullback this season, he can still be a major fantasy drain all season. The salty-dog Lamont Jordan is a goal-line sneak thief. And of course there is the ever capable Correll Buckhalter, who is also a great pass receiver to boot.

McDaniels is already talking up the RBBC approach and Moreno is not helping his cause by holding out on signing. With Moreno has been playing the greedy upstart (not on the same level as Michael Crabtree thank goodness), McDaniels has been talking up the other RBs in his stable.

Jordan’s been working as the starter, and Hillis has been showing off his skills as the best receiver out of the backfield. McDaniels says Buckhalter might be the fastest running back on the team. Oh and let’s not forget Ryan Torian who is already back from his ACL surgery.

Moreno, who should be the big man in Denver, is now in a precarious situation.

“He knows where he stands,” McDaniels told the Denver media after Moreno’s first practice in training camp. “He is a smart kid. He knows how far behind the other guys he is and what he doesn’t know (with the offense). At this point that is as important as what he does know because now he knows what he has to work harder at.” This according to CBS Sports' Jamey Eisenberg.

So where does this leave you on draft day? Moreno is still a worthy RB3, but he will certainly not be a tier one or two RB this year. Let someone else pay too much for him.