The signing of Evan Mathis is huge. He is exactly what we need to solidify that left side of our offensive line. He and Vasquez will give us the best duo of guards in the NFL. And his veteran savvy will help Matt and Ty get up to speed faster, so it takes a big question and makes it much smaller. Matt and Ty have both made great strides between the Seattle and Houston games and now they have a guru that will accelerate their performances. And Mathis is equally adept at pass blocking and in zone blocking for the running game, so will be a great teacher in those areas for the youngins! So I give this an A+ signing. When I saw he was talking with the Seahawks, I thought,”I hope you make a run at him, Elway”. And lo and behold, he sure did.
Now,with the practice with the 49ers yesterday and today, I expect our first string offense to perform much better this week. As you know, the 49ers have had a ton of problems this year and they are not the vaunted 49ers of the last few years. But they still are a solid team and should be a good test for the third week of preseason. And the second half will be the one last time for making an impression for the backup and practice squad. Only 53 regular squad and 10 on the practice field, so by September 1st, many (15) will be gone. I hope the majority of them find new homes in the NFL and a few always do return to fill in slots that are vacated by injuries and other roster moves. Then the Saturday, the Sept. 5th after the last preseason game with the Cardinals, next Thursday, we will have our 2015 initial roster and practice squad after the final cut down from 75 to 63 survivors for this season. Then the following Sunday we kick off the season with one of our recent seasons arch-enemy teams, the Baltimore Ravens, at 2:35 MST on Sunday September 13th. So a long off season and preseason is almost over and the regular season is just about two and a half weeks away and I am pumped about this season. Our defense is performing fantastic and our offense still needs to shake some rust off, but I think will be ready to perform great with two more weeks to get zone blocking mastered. And with Mathis’s addition, that should help Ty and Matt to get it done. And Mathis will not play this week and Emmanuel Sanders will probably sit one more week. But I expect both back by the Cards game and Danny Trevathon may play this week or next too. So by seasons start, if we dont have anyone go down this week or next, we should be in pretty good shape to start the season. But if it takes a little time to get the offense in high gear, we have finally got a defense that can help win games. And one more thing, the Broncos made room for Mathis by releasing Connor Barth, who promptly signed a two year deal with the Buccaneers. So McManus won that duel and will placekick and kickoff and whoever wins the punting duel will be our second kicker, which the team wanted, as it will open up a roster spot in one of the other player areas. There are a lot of talented undrafted players and I think more than one will make it this year and continue our reputation as an organization that is great at scouting and giving the UDFA’s a shot to make the team! Good luck to all the players on the bubble, go out and play your heart out and get some good tape to help find you a job with another NFL team if you are not fortunate enough to make the Broncos this year. I don’t think I have seen this much talent in the 90 group before. So the Broncos will be one of the deepest teams, if not the deepest team in the NFL. And that is such a great asset to have as injuries do not hurt the team as badly.
I have no doubt that the Broncos will make a run at the SuperBowl, so work hard and smart and take Broncos Country on another magical carpet ride in the 2015 NFL season. Go, Go Broncos!!!