Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/12/12
Rookie Alfonzo Dennard finally got his shot last week to play, and when he came in during the second quarter, Denver Broncos and first ballot Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning started looking his way.  Manning thinking he could get the best of the rookie, started going his way to try to keep momentum going and moving the team down the field. 

The funny thing for Manning was, not only did the rookie line up and take his chance, he got the job done.  Peyton did not complete any passes on his side of the field, which included a big third down pass deflected to stop a Broncos drive.

Dennard 1, Manning 0

This is a great story of someone getting a chance when most teams would look the other way as he fell down the draft board due to character issues right before the draft and it looks like from last week’s performance he has righted the ship and got his shot.  As I wrote last week (“Time to give Dennard a chance with the disappearance of Dowling? “) and Boston Herald Karen Guregian wrote yesterday, the rookie earned his shot while others are struggling and inconsistent, and passed, at least for last week with flying colors. He performed well in practice,” coach Bill Belichick said.  Belichick continued, “It looked like he showed that he was prepared, that he knew what to do and that he was competitive doing it. We sprinkled him in a little bit there in the game, and he was able to be competitive.’’

Dennard’s physical play and ability to jam receivers off the line, will allow the front seven to have more time to get pressure on opposing QB.

He still has a long way to go to get to the Hall of Fame, but he has shown the coaching staff he belongs and given the opportunity he can get the job done against one to the top tiered QBs in the league.

Bring on Seattle, Good Luck rookie.
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