Peyton Manning talks Knowshon Moreno: ‘He has been a stud for us’

Knowshon Moreno ranks fifth among all running backs with 1,522 scrimmage yards and is tied for third with 12 touchdowns since taking over as the Denver Broncos’ starter in Week 12 of 2012.

“He’s just been extremely solid,” quarterback Peyton Manning said earlier this season, via the Broncos official website. “He’s been a downhill runner. He’s caught the ball well out of the backfield. He’s able to keep us, what we call ‘keep us in phase.’ You know, first down, second down, to third-and-2 with those completions on first and second down. Often times he’s catching that 5-yard pass and getting that first down. So he has been critical for our offense.”

Moreno, drafted 12th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, has been a key factor in protecting Manning.

He said he learned the importance of pass protection during his two seasons at Georgia.

“We worked on it a lot at Georgia,” Moreno said. “When I was at Georgia, I was protecting Matthew Stafford, you know what I mean? So it was kind of like the same thing – different level but the same thing. You want to keep that guy on his feet and let him do what he can do. When I got to the league, it was no different. A lot of guys can run the ball but it’s what else you can do – pass protect, catch the ball out of the backfield.”

Despite being listed as inactive for eight weeks of the 2012 season, Moreno’s attitude has never changed.

“Knowshon has been up and down in his career, but his attitude has been awesome,” Manning said. “I mean, at one point last season he was running some scout team and came on and played great for us. This year I think he thought he was potentially fighting for a roster spot. You just never know. But his attitude has been great. His mindset has been great, and that’s served him well.

“He has been a stud for us this first half of the season. We expect him to be even better the second half.”

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