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Maroney excited for fresh start with the Broncos

09.17.10 at 4:30 pm ET

In his first interview with the Denver media, former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney said he understood the criticism he received in New England because he was a first-round pick, but also added that he’€™s excited for the ‘€œfresh start’€ he’€™ll get with the Broncos.

‘€œ[The fans and the media] definitely criticized me a lot, but it’€™s OK. I was a first-rounder so I felt like they were looking at me in a bigger light than everybody else. But it’€™s one of those things, it’€™s over with now. That was then and I’€™m here with the Broncos and now I’€™m focusing on my future here,’€ Maroney told reporters Friday.

‘€œDon’€™t get me wrong, there is always some stuff I could have done different or wanted to do different or wished I could have done if I had the chances to do, but I didn’€™t have those chances. But now I’€™m just focusing on my future here in Denver and being the best player I can be for them.’€

Maroney, who rushed for 2,430 yards in four seasons with the Patriots, was dealt to Denver for a fourth-round pick earlier this week. He joins a backfield that includes starter Knowshon Moreno and No. 2 back Correll Buckhalter. He said it’€™s too early to know exactly what sort of role he’€™ll have with the Broncos, but was just excited about the opportunity for a new beginning.

‘€œI’€™m not going to say I needed it, but it is always helpful to have a fresh start, a clean slate and start over from the beginning,’€ said Maroney, who reportedly won’€™t be on the field this weekend. ‘€œAll I want to do is come out here and help and do anything possible to help the team win.

‘€œI’€™d love for this to be a long-term thing. It’€™s one of those things where you know Denver is going to run the ball and it’€™s one of them things with ‘€˜Buck’€™ and ‘€˜Know’€™, I’€™m not coming in there trying to take anybody’€™s plays away or anybody’€™s shine, I just want to come in and fit in and help the team win, just be part of a winning team.’€

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