Broncos My Look for Another Power Back This Offseason

Just recently Broncos Vice- President of Football Operations John Elway said he was expecting a “breakout year” from third-year running back Knowshown Moreno.

At least one Broncos’ beat writer, Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post, isn’t necessarily drinking the Koolaid. Legwold says that new head coach John Fox likes big backs, which certainly doesn’t accurately describe Moreno, and he believe the Broncos now view Moreno as a situational back. Moreno, a former Georgia star and first-round pick, has made more impact plays in the NFL as a receiver. His role in the Fox era likely will be more of a third-down player.

The problem with this scenario is that the Broncos didn’t draft a running back of any kind this year and have no one on the roster that fits Fox’s description. The Broncos did bring in several backs including Mikel Leshoure for pre-draft visits. Fox wants players who can help Denver’s offense control the ball with the running game. The Broncos struggled in short-yardage situations the last two seasons.

Legwold believes the Broncos will target free agent running back DeAngelo Williams, who he coached with the Panthers. Williams holds the Carolina Panthers records for most rushing yards in a season (1,515), and for most rushing touchdowns (18) and total touchdowns (20) in a season. He is a two-time Pro-Bowl selection.

The Broncos may also have interest in 260-pound fullback John Karney, who spent the last two years with the St. Louis Rams. Karney has already been told by the Rams they are not bringing him back as the fullback position is little-used is new Rams offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ system.


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