The Denver Broncos plan on moving on with second-year pro Monte Ball which left no room for breakout performer Knowshon Moreno after spending his first five-years in the league with the Broncos. Moreno is moving on and signing with a team in the AFC East, the Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal. I wasn’t opposed to bringing Knowshon back as he was a viable asset in protecting Peyton Manning‘s blind side which Monte Ball and Ronnie Hillman were not so good at.
Moreno is coming off of a career-year with Peyton Manning at the helm, rushing the ball 241 times for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns. Knowshon nearly eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark his rookie season where he finished with 947, but injuries derailed him from the point on. Moreno was also a key check-down for Manning in the offense last season, catching the ball 60 times for 548 yards to go along with 3 touchdowns.
The Dolphins will be getting a tough, gritty competitor that leaves it all out on the field. One image that will stick with most fans is the emotion Moreno showed in the game prior to the Kansas City Chiefs where cameras caught him letting it all out during the national anthem. Moreno will be a key back in that system to help out quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The Montee Ball era in Denver is set to begin with the Broncos expressing full trust in the second-year pro out of Wisconsin. Ball struggled in the early goings of his rookie campaign last season but started to pick it up when it mattered. Ball finished with 120 rushing attempts, accumulating 559 yards on the ground with 4 touchdowns.