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Backfield Gets a Boost

Posted Sep 14, 2010

On Tuesday, the Broncos acquired running back Laurence Maroney in a trade with the New England Patriots. The fifth-year back rushed for a career-high nine touchdowns in 2009.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In a season-opening loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Broncos rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown.

"We only had one negative run all day, but we feel like we left a lot of yards on the field in the running game," Head Coach Josh McDaniels said Monday. "We had some plays (where we) either blocked well and didn't see it exactly the way we need to see it or could have blocked it better based on the opportunity that we were presented and didn't quite get that done."

Two days after the loss, the team moved toward improving those numbers, adding another weapon to the backfield.

The Broncos acquired Laurence Maroney and an undisclosed pick in the 2011 NFL Draft in exchange for an undisclosed choice in the 2011 NFL Draft in a trade with New England Patriots on Tuesday. The deal is pending Maroney passing a physical.

Maroney, who led the Patriots in rushing yards and scored a career-high nine touchdowns in 2009, joins Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Andre Brown and Lance Ball in the running backs stable.

The former first-round pick accumulated 2,430 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns in his first four seasons in the league, adding 40 catches for 409 yards and a touchdown.

The fifth-year back has played in 45 regular-season games in his career -- starting 14 -- and started two of the seven postseason contests in which he played.

He has contributed as a kickoff returner as well, earning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors after returning a kickoff 77 yards at Buffalo on Oct. 22, 2006. For his career, he averages 25.9 yards per return. He has returned three kickoffs more than 40 yards, and 29 more than 20 yards.