Broncos head coach John Fox told reporters after Thursday’s practice that tight end Joel Dreessen has had arthroscopic surgery on his knee and will not be available for the remainder of offseason workouts, including the team’s mandatory minicamp June 11-13.
Julius Thomas, who had ankle surgery last April after missing most of his rookie season in 2011, has taken many of the snaps in passing situations in Dreessen’s absence.
“Just a little knee procedure, scope, done, just to clean it up,” Fox said. “It’s been a good deal for Julius.”
The Broncos gather Monday for their first full practice since that fateful, frigid night in Denver when safety Rahim Moore allowed Jacoby Jones‘ 70-yard touchdown catch from Joe Flacco in the final minute of regulation in the divisional game the Ravens won in double overtime on their way to winning the Super Bowl.
Although there was plenty of blame to go around, Moore took the brunt of public criticism along with coach John Fox for his decision to have Peyton Manning take a knee afterward and take his chances in overtime.
Many fans wondered if Moore could ever play in Denver again after his gaffe, akin to Bill Buckner’s ball-through-the-legs moment in the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets.
The Broncos, however, are sticking with the third-year pro who remains the starter at free safety.
“I think he’s over it; I think we’re all over it, you know,” Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. “I think we all look back and see things that we could have done better. We also look back with a great deal of pride in what we accomplished. We played some very good defense and he was central to that. So, we want to feel good about what went well. We want to feel the sting of what went bad. And we want to get ready to be better this year.”
New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest. So what this means is that Broncos fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Peyton Manning to also become THE face of the Broncos.
The contest, which is live atwww.speakwithyourcap.comor through New Era’s Facebook page(https://www.facebook.com/neweracaps?fref=ts) will require Broncos faithfuls tosubmit photos of themselves showcasing how you personally “speak with your cap.” Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.
32 fans (1 per team) will ultimately be chosen and win a complimentary trip to New York City for two. The winners will enjoy a four-day VIP experience and will be professionally styled in their favorite team’s looks for a New Era photo shoot that may be used for a year-long advertisement and promotional campaign.
Broncos linebacker Von Miller is confident the 2013 Broncos will be even better than the 2012 version thanks to additions across the roster, Andrew Mason of Denverbroncos.com reports.
“I feel like we have a way better team than we had last year,” he said.
Some of that is due to the additions around the roster, starting with wide receiver Wes Welker. Another reason is the continuity in the defensive scheme with Jack Del Rio returning as defensive coordinator; he’s the first in that position to return for another Broncos season since Larry Coyer, who ran the defense from 2003-06 before the carousel started spinning.
But Miller’s confidence also stems from the April 27 addition of Shaun Phillips. Like Elvis Dumervil, Phillips has advised Miller, with a friendship dating back to before the Broncos drafted him in 2011.
Their relationship took root because both are represented by the same agency, Athletes First.
“He just had a lot of wisdom to give me before I had even stepped on the field, before I had even met Elvis,” Miller said.
“(With) some of the wisdom he can give me — third downs, nickel situations, he can get after the passer, too, and from a number of different positions — I’m pretty excited about our defense.”