August 24, 2013
Peyton Manning still is looking for a starting running back between Ronnie Hillman, Knowshon Moreno and rookie Montee Ball. Moreno might wind up with a bigger role than expected. The defense, currently struggling with injuries, will look for the right combination of starters against the Rams, with opening night less than two weeks away.
I like the patience Montee Ball has shown in following blockers but I’m looking for something from Knowshon tonight. I also think he has a chance to secure serious playing time for himself.
A helpful season preview at times, and glaring holes at others. It’s as if he’s only read headlines out of Broncos training camp, without paying attention to any pre-season games or practice reports. First off, he says this about the first team D-Line — “Fortunately for Denver, any weaknesses at linebacker will be partially masked by a powerful front four.” — though San Francisco and Seattle ran right through them so far. Then, in the safeties, he mentions the Broncos’ “willingness to play Quinton Carter”, who hasn’t played at all in the preseason, and includes no mention of Duke Ihenacho. Oops.
Five worthwhile questions. And I will continue to watch the safeties tonight – a position that might still see lots of change on the depth chart.
August 20, 2013
"The Substances of Abuse policy requires everyone to comply with the rules. Although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules. I made mistakes and my suspension has hurt my team, Broncos fans, and myself. I am especially sorry for the effect of my bad decisions on others. I will not make the same mistakes about adhering to the policy in the future. During my time off the field, I will work tirelessly and focus exclusively on remaining in peak shape. I look forward to contributing immediately upon my return to the field and bringing a championship back to the people of Denver."
If there’s anything to be optimistic about here, it’s that Von is saying the right things. I recognize I’m a homer, but somewhere between the league and the media, this whole thing was handled awfully.
This is link bait (and it obviously worked). Adam Schein’s core argument here is that the Broncos have key injuries and a looming suspension that will effect them early in the season.
Then he ends with this:
Don’t get me wrong, I still think Denver wins the AFC West. But the Broncos are closer to a 10-win team than a juggernaut. I don’t view them as an AFC powerhouse, let alone an NFL powerhouse.
The last three Super Bowl winners have 10, 9 & 10 wins and none was a strong favorite even going into the playoffs. Yes, the Broncos aren’t a gimme for the Super Bowl, and there is plenty of competition in the AFC, but the arguments here aren’t strong.
I’m more concerned about the Broncos potentially patchwork offensive line all season long, or the struggles stopping the run up the middle in the preseason — those could cause more problems for the Broncos than Schein’s surface arguments.
August 14, 2013
Well this probably isn’t going to help out at his suspension hearing tomorrow.
August 8, 2013
Football is back!
the fact is, Manning may have to play with this patch-work offensive line during the regular season if any of the o-lineman have reoccurring injuries. The time is now for Manning to get on the same page with his line.
I agree with Jon’s reasoning, and Manning has said this week it will be good to get reps against different players. But I’ll be happy to see him jogging off the field after a series or two.
What to expect on the 49ers side from Mike High Report’s 49ers affiliate.
August 7, 2013
A tease, although a worthwhile one, of the cover story in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated.
Rookie camp begins, and the main goal is to make the team. Watch as three veterans mentor rookies in their quest to solidify a roster spot.
Includes a (brief) look at the relationship between Champ Bailey and Kayvon Webster.
5. Running back remains one of the positions to watch, and the full-speed, play-to-the-whistle style of preseason games could play into Montee Ball’s hands. In recent days, Ball has seen a handful of carries blown dead at contact, not giving him a chance to break tackles, which he did exceptionally well at Wisconsin.
The quick whistles of training camp are designed to keep players as healthy as possible, avoiding superfluous contact. The standards of preseason games might serve Ball better and provide a confidence boost as training camp continues.
There’s lots of competition, but I think Ball lands at the top of my "Players I’m most interested in watching in the first preseason game" list.
Duke Ihenacho is one of the stories of camp so far, but I have to love with what Mike Adams, the veteran he’s competing against, has to say about it:
“I was a free agent like Duke was coming into the league. I had (former safety) Tony Parrish looking after me when I was in San Francisco. He always told me to pay it forward. I made sure when Duke came in — young guy, hungry, safety, free agent just grinding, you see the potential. I told him: ‘Keep going. Don’t worry about anybody else. Make it hard for the coaches. Make it hard for everybody. Make it hard for myself.’ And he’s doing just that.”
August 4, 2013
No real surprises, but I expect to see lots of movement in the offensive line, safeties and backup WR in the next few weeks.
A timely look at two Broncos who belong in Canton.
Peyton’s glove watch is still a popular topic in 2013, as well as other interesting evaluations from Andrew Mason on last night’s scrimmage.
A few minutes of highlights from last night’s scrimmage and player comments.
August 3, 2013
Terrell Davis "gets the sense" that Denver Broncos players are playing hard to get Peyton Manning back to the Super Bowl, but the championship window won’t be open for long.
Every fan knew coming into training camp which positions were up for grabs, but a week into training camp some things have changed a bit and some situations have gotten downright interesting.
Seems like the Broncos have an unusual amount of playing time up for grabs for a team that is considered a prime contender. The current Broncos’ regime has the most lightly penciled depth chart I think I’ve seen, and they are get exactly what they hope for out of it: intense competition as every player sees their opportunities.