Good to hear that running back Knowshon Moreno (Middletown South/Georgia) got his deal done as Denver’s first-rounder and will report to camp after banking a $13 million signing bonus on a five-year, $23 million deal because the longer he sat out, the harder it was going to be to give himself a shot to become a centerpiece of Denver’s offense. Now he can get to work on resuscitating Denver’s offense after the loss of Jay Cutler and move his way to the top of the depth chart at running back. Moreno is also now teammates with another Shore Conference product, new Denver defensive lineman Darrell Reid, a former Freehold star who spent his first four years with the Indianapolis Colts, the new home of former Red Bank Catholic star running back Donald Brown. It’s kind of funny to think of the old cracks that Moreno was overrated when he was at Middletown South and that they didn’t play the big boys like Bosco and Bergen Catholic so he wasn’t really as good as his numbers. Now all you hear is crickets chirping and a cash register ringing.
All I’m asking from Moreno and Brown is to take it easy on the Jets in their careers. They can put up Hall of Fame numbers in their other games. The two old friends will face off this year, as Denver will play at Indianapolis on Dec. 13, hopefully with those two neck-in-neck in the race for AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year. Former RBC coach Frank Edgerly will also be scouting both of those players and their teams in his new job with the New England Patriots, who play Denver and Indianapolis.
Linebacker Kevin Malast (Manchester/Rutgers) has survived the first round of cuts with the Bears as an undrafted free agent, and will try to be one of the seven linebackers to make the roster out of the nine remaining in camp. That would be a great story if Malast can make the team, and certainly it would help financially for the family, as his older brother, Brian, is a New Jersey state trooper who was seriously injured in a high-speed chase in 2005 and requires care that has resulted in some large bills.
In the college ranks, it looks like Moreno’s old Middletown South teammate, Stanford junior linebacker Nick Macaluso, will again be in a back-up role this season but looks to be a starter by his senior year.
Marshall’s Vinny Curry (he’s #99 in the photo gallery) looks like he has certainly added some size since his days at Neptune, and he looks to be part of a deep rotation on the defensive line for the Thundering Herd this year.