"(Moreno) worked extremely hard, and he deserves a lot of the credit for that," offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. "I think he saw what Willis had done over his career after a knee injury (in 2002), and that gave him a little bit of motivation. He's made the most of every opportunity we've given him."
Moreno, the team's former first-round draft pick, was buried on the depth chart in August. Coaches were impressed with his preseason (13 rushes for 64 yards) and Moreno showed sparkle catching the ball out of the backfield, too, making him a good fit for third-down packages.
Broncos head honcho John Elway agreed last week that "Knowshon probably makes us a better football team." That very notion was questioned at the start of camp. Moreno's rapid ascension goes against what many predicted just months ago.