Tim Tebow Signing with Denver Broncos Will Hurt Knowshon Moreno

Omar BrownCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 5:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators runs the ball against Rolando McClain #25 and Eryk Anders #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the SEC Championship game at Georgia Dome on December 5, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Tim Tebow may be a quarterback on the Denver Broncos roster, but that is not stopping a lot of fans and experts alike from assuming he will be the “featured back” in the Denver Broncos backfield this season.

There is a reason why the term “Wild Cat” is synonymous with Tim Tebow.

Tebow will only add to head coach Josh McDaniels' run by committee philosophical approach. 

"That's something we’ll always be interested in," McDaniels said. "If there's another player we can put into the mix and share carries, we'll never be averse to that."

Moreno averaged 15 carries a game last season. Correll Buckhalter averaged nine carries per game last season.

Now if you add a young Toney Baker to the equation along with Tim Tebow being packaged in on some Wildcat/Wild horse plays, that just about takes Moreno right out of any No. 1 fantasy prospect ranking.

"It's funny, but you know what? That was the first time I heard from them," Baker told the Greenesboro North Carolina News & Record . "I talked to a lot of teams before the draft, but never the Broncos. I guess they had their eye on me the whole time. I just never knew it. It's a great opportunity there. The Broncos were right on me after the draft, and they really want me to come in there and do my thing. It's a good fit. They run the ball pretty well, but they need some size."

His previous injury likely kept Baker from being picked in the draft.

Baker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at N.C. State's Pro Day last month. He clocked his time on grass, while athletes at the NFL Combine ran indoors on a track.

"I was very disappointed. I expected to be picked," Baker said. "I work hard, and that was my expectation...I was very surprised by how the whole draft went. It was really strange how few running backs were picked. But what can you do? That's just how it worked out this year."

What makes Baker so intriguing as an undrafted rookie free agent is how this draft differs from the recent drafts. 

After 255 players were selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, only eight running backs were chosen in the first five rounds.

In all, only 14 running backs where drafted this season. 20 running backs were drafted in 2009, and 23 running backs where drafted in 2008.

To add insult to injury, Moreno finds himself in a pass-happy league while subsequently being on a pass-happy team.

Here is an interesting look at the pass to run averages of the top bakers dozen passing offenses in this league.

The Denver Broncos happen to be right there in that mix.

The teams are listed by their rushing attempts per game as well as average yards per rushing  attempt to the left.

To the right of each team is their passing offense ranking and passing attempts per game.

22.3 (3.9) Minnesota Vikings No. 8 (34.6)
22.8 (4.0) Dallas Cowboys No. 6 (34.4)

23.2 (3.9) Pittsburgh Steelers No. 9 (33.5)

23.2 (3.6) Green Bay Packers No. 7 (34.6)

24.8 (4.3) Houston Texans No. 1 (37.1)

24.9 (4.4) New England Patriots No. 3 (37.0)

25.1 (3.9) Arizona Cardinals No. 12 (37.1)

25.8 (4.1) Philadelphia Eagles No. 10 (34.6)

26.4 (4.5) San Diego Chargers No. 5 (32.4)

26.4 (4.2) New York Giants No. 11 (33.9)

27.2 (4.5) New Orleans Saints No. 4 (34.0)
28.6 (4.5) Denver Broncos No. 13 (34.9)

29.2 (4.3) Indianapolis Colts No. 2 (37.6)

There is a 10 reps per game rushing disparity among the average playing reps of the top pass-happy bakers dozen.

It is a 25-rush to 35-pass rep average. Broncos rushing attack appears to be among the best of this bunch.

If Moreno manages to possess the identical average of carries he had last season, he still could finally break the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season.

If McDaniels chooses to go with a third running back on the roster, given how he now has Tebow to add to his rushing packages, the position could turn out to be the must-see battle in all NFL training camps.

Toney Baker looks to have an uphill battle in his attempt to win the last roster spot, but how can we forget what Terrel Davis did, as the elite player who came out of nowhere.

With Lance Ball, Bruce Hall, Kolby Smith, and J.J. Arrington looking to duke it out for a paycheck this season, poor Moreno can only be scratching his head with all the contenders looking to chop away at his fantasy prospects this season.

Adding all the confidence that Tebow exudes to the equation has got to have fantasy owners thinking twice about drafting Moreno as their No. 1 running back this season.

How hard is it going to be for the former Florida Gator touchdown machine to hand the ball off, especially when he has the power to audible out of being forced to pitch the ball back to a former Georgia Bulldog on third-and-goal?


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