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John Elway 'couldn't be happier' for Knowshon Moreno's breakout

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

As you're sitting around watching "Fantasy Football Today" in order to get ready for the fantasy playoffs, you might very well be making a decision on whether to play guys like David Wilson or Knowshon Moreno. The latter, a potential fantasy-playoffs savior, is suddenly putting up big stats for the Broncos after spending much of the season inactive.

I caught up with John Elway on Friday to talk MVP but also talked with the Dove Care spokesman about Moreno's resurgence, which has been particularly impressive considering that Moreno, a former first-round pick, looked like he was done in Denver. And Elway praised Moreno's work ethic during a time when he wasn't even able to play.

"I couldn't be happier for a guy, the way he handled the situation, the way you said, to not be active the first part of the season. We drafted [Ronnie] Hillman in the third round, and we had [Lance] Ball who was a big special teams guy for us, so we couldn't really get him up," Elway said. "He worked his tail off, and he waited for his chance. And unfortunately with Willis [McGahee] going down, that was Knowshon's chance and he's done a tremendous job of taking advantage of that. The great thing is he's just matured so much, and he stayed ready throughout the year. Even when he wasn't active each week, he just kept working and working and working.

"And now we're seeing, especially the last two weeks, what Knowshon can do and he's been a tremendous help to us."

Moreno ran for 15 total yards on eight carries in the first 10 weeks of the season, as McGahee was the primary ball-carrier for Denver with Hillman filling the backup/change-of-pace role.

An injury to McGahee opened up a ton of carries and, at the time, both Elway and John Fox publicly stated that Moreno -- and not Hillman or Ball -- could see a big bump in action.

In the past three games, Moreno has been a workhorse for Denver, though. He has 72 carries for 273 yards. That's 91 rushing yards a game, which is quite impressive. It's also only 3.79 yards per carry, which isn't quite as impressive, but it's not like Moreno's been bottled up frequently. Many of his carries have come when Denver was trying to salt away a lead.

There's a good chance that Moreno will have a shot at another big day on Sunday: he gets a Ravens team that has been surprisingly horrible against the run this year, ranking 25th against the run in yards allowed.

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