Broncos' Knowshon Moreno making best of opportunity

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Knowshon Moreno had a solid performance against the Kansas City Chiefs in only his third appearance of the season for Denver.

With the running back situation in Denver muddled after losing Willis McGahee, it left an opening for former first-round pick Knowshon Moreno to get back in the saddle and try to push his way back to the top of the depth chart. He had only played in two games prior to Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, picking up a paltry 15 yards on eight carries.

Against the Chiefs, he broke out for a fine performance, gaining 85 yards on 20 attempts as the Broncos drove to a 17-9 win on the road. He also put up 26 yards in the passing game, catching four balls from Peyton Manning.

During the post-game press conferences, plenty was said about Moreno's return to the Broncos and his solid performance against Kansas City. Wide receiver Eric Decker said, "He was hungry. I knew he was going to perform well. He's been having good practices. Obviously his carries and his opportunity to play has been limited, but he's a guy that's been successful when he gets in there. It was good to see him have a good day."

Coach John Fox said about Moreno's return to the field,"We kind of knew that - we didn't want to tell a lot of people, but Knowshon has had a great attitude. Things haven't gone perfect for him. I knew he would perform well, his teammates knew he would perform well and he did. We're proud of his effort."

Moreno will likely be a featured back again when the Broncos take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday.

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