Found August 03, 2013 on
Given the latest events of the last week with the Denver Broncos starting center Dan Koppen getting injured and now with our great potential of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie being somewhat diminished by his high ankle sprain (hopefully he won’t be out more than a month), it would be safe to try and remember that this is a physical game and at any moment Denver’s ideal “all star team” could be on the injured reserve list.
Denver needs a backup for Koppen and Manny Ramirez had been practicing with Peyton this week however yesterday the Broncos also picked up Ryan Lija, Peyton Manning’s former Colts teammate. Lija was considered retired but has appeared to join Manning again after being teammates for six years including two Super Bowls with the Colts. Bringing somebody who knows Manning’s playing style is clearly what the Broncos are after. Lija’s first practice was this morning August 2nd with the second team while Ramirez still played on the first team with Manning.
Essentially the message they are sending is that they need some more stability at the center position and Ramirez has appeared to not be the best option. As a result they also signed center Steve Vallos.
At the corner position, aside from our other starter Champ Bailey, is rookie Kayvon Webster, second year player Omar Bolden and Tony Carter to be given a chance. Without Rodgers Cromartie it is essentially the same lineup as last season and the Broncos need some more backfield protection so we’ll see how these guys can improve. Carter did have a tipped pass that landed in LB Danny Trevathan’s hands, which actually resulted in a little team conflict. Personally that just shows me that these guys are playing at just the right intensity level.
Rookie corner Kayvon Webster breaking up a pass (Photo Credit: Denver Broncos)
Friday Ryan Clady was still limited in practice and Derek Wolfe was also out because of illness making it even more clear that the Broncos, as any NFL team, needs to have an excellent depth chart in order to make it far in this league because of the physicality.
As I said last week Duke Ihenacho has really been getting attention and with the improvements he has been making in training camp he will be another great option for the Broncos, even a potential starter.
Offensively, because our running game is so undetermined right now it really is anybody’s game. If somebody gets injured that only frees up another spot. Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball are favored to be getting the most carries. Knowshon Moreno is in that lineup to however Hillman more than anybody has really been proving his spot lately.
All right, last but certainly not least, receivers. I’ve saved them for the last because I know no Broncos fan wants to even think about the possibility of not having Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker on the field, but again it is something that is very possible.
Tight End Julius Thomas has been turning heads. He’s been injured a lot and is now entering his third year finally healthy. He has made some impressive deep catches, including one for a touchdown Friday.
Trindon Holliday, who Denver fans know from the playoffs last year, is our special teams player however if needed and with enough work he could be a receiving option for the Broncos.
Andre Caldwell has been making some impressive catches on the second team, specifically one catch Friday reaching over rookie Kayvon Wesbter and running it in for a touchdown.
I could go on with these considering all these players are on the team for a reason and have all made impressive catches, tackles, blocks etc. to earn their spot on the field. If any of them need to step up when our starters are down I hope they will be at the level that coaches and fans expect them to be at.
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YouTube The Broncos treated fans to a “family scrimmage night” Saturday to help introduce the 2013 team. However, Mother Nature must be a Patriots fan as she didn’t cooperate and caused the game to be delayed by storms. Once the rain died down, the Broncos turned the Sports Authority Field at Mile High into a giant slip ‘n slide. Even Peyton Manning got into the action...
Eric Decker tries to break free from Champ Bailey to catch a pass in training camp Friday. (Credit: Stuart Zaas, Denver Broncos)As training camp carries on, you cannot help but notice what I have heard been called the new, “Three Amigos,” on the field.
The original “Three Amigos” were receivers Mark Jackson, Vance Johnson, and Ricky Nattiel. The nickname came about by something...
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In the pouring rain, Sports Authority Field security responded quickly after a fan got on the field and took off running. As they were about to give chase, a young kid also thought it would be a good idea to take to the field. Security conveniently tackled him right at the tunnel entrance. I guess you could say the poor kid inadvertently set up a nice block for the first fan to run...
Denver Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball met his childhood hero, Terrell Davis, on Friday and decided to pick his brain. “It’s surreal,” Ball said, via DenverBroncos.com. “I’ve been thinking about this moment since I’ve been seven years old about meeting Terrell Davis and I finally did. It’s crazy right now for me.” Davis, who was on assignment for the
Last year everyone was wondering how Peyton Manning would play with the Broncos after missing the entire 2011 season as a member of the Colts.
Manning ended up having a great season and is much farther along now then he was at this time last year, Broncos head coach John Fox told Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
“Just how much further ahead Peyton is,” said Fox. “A year ago...
Montee Ball is busy getting ready for his first NFL season. The former Wisconsin Badger is enjoying his first NFL training camp with the Denver Broncos after being drafted in the second round in April’s draft.
Of course, with training camp comes rookie hazing. Ball’s Broncos teammates decided that Ball needed a haircut — here’s a photo posted by Jacob Hester:
The Denver Broncos decided it was rookie hazing time, giving Montee Ball a very jacked-up haircut.
Peyton Manning is about to enter a season of Super Bowl expectations behind an offensive line that's full of questions, surgical scars, fresh faces and, yes, promise.
Three centers with a combined 18 career starts at the position are vying for the starting job now that J.D. Walton and Dan Koppen are out, and the leading candidate, Manny Ramirez, has none of those starts, although...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer Around these parts, John Elway is affectionately known as the ''Duke'' for scrambling and slinging his way to a Hall of Fame career.
Now, there's another ''Duke'' on the Denver Broncos field and he's quickly creating a name for himself, even if no one can properly pronounce it.
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It’s possible that the addition of Welker can lead to be even further improved Manning, but I don’t find it that likely that Manning will surpass the arguably 2nd best season of his career (at least in terms of QB rating) in what is his age 37 season. It’s more likely that regression to the mean and normal diminishing physical skills for a 37-year...
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Broncos starting tight end Joel Dressen is out for the remainder of training
camp after suffering a set back to his surgically repaired left knee, according
to USA Today's Lindsay H. Jones. Dressen originally had sugery on the knee in June
of last year. He will now undergo an arthroscopic surgery to further clean out
the repaired knee. Dressen had been a full participant...
The Broncos spent $5 million to bring free-agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie into their secondary. The thinking was that his 6-foot-2 stature and wide wingspan would make a nice bookend to perennial Pro Bowl left corner Champ Bailey.
No wonder there was a gasp at Dove Valley when Rodgers-Cromartie hit the ground with an injury at training camp Wednesday. That was followed...
Another starter has suffered a significant injury. Starting tight end Joel Dreessen had a setback in his recovery from kneecap surgery and will be out at least two weeks.
The Broncos’ top two tight ends from last year Dreessen and Jacob Tamme didn’t dress for the scrimmage Saturday. Tamme was sidelined last week with a pulled quad. They combined for 93 receptions in 2012.
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