Well, we beat the top 2 teams in the NFL, after our Broncos of course. Shutting out the Niners 34-0 and beating the Seahawks 21-16 is very, very sweet!
And now we are halfway through preseason, training camp is out and the business side of the NFL must take place. We welcome the Texans to town for 3 practices next week and the game with them is Saturday, August 23rd. Then the first cut to 75 will be made by 2:00 pm MST that following Tuesday the 26th. First swath of the Turk and God Speed to the cut players to land a job with another team or get placed on our Practice Team after clearing waivers. Then, that Thursday, the 28th, they play their final preseason game in Dallas. Final
chance for bubble players to make an impression. Then the Turk walks again and pares another 22 souls to get the final 53 roster on Saturday the 30th. Hopefully they can get the players they want for the Practice Team through waivers. They were very impressive today on both sides of the ball and our depth showed greatly. I thought they would beat the Niners but 34-0? And +4 on turnovers and only allowed 2 out of 7 third down conversions. And both QB’s had great days. So outscoring those two NFC West best teams in the NFC 55-16 is outstanding. Should be a great, exciting season, so Go, Go Broncos and keep working hard and you can beat any team in the NFL when you play up to your abilities!!!
Well, we beat the top 2 teams in the NFL, after our Broncos of course. Shutting out the Niners 34-0 and beating the Seahawks 21-16 is very, very sweet!
That was a pretty good start to playing in games. Not perfect, but no team is this early. But there was a lot of good on both sides of the ball. Offense under Peyton was really good and pretty sharp.
Oswieler played three quarters and had a tough start, throwing a pick. After that he settled down and started looking like the heir apparent to QB the Broncos in the future.
On offense, we had first team solid line play, but Clark struggled at times and our depth did at times. But Juwann Thompson flashed big at RB, similar to what C.J. Anderson did early last preseason. Our offense should be as potent or more this season, barring major injuries, especially in our line. One newcomer who may make the 53 man squad is Jordan Norwood who had a very good game as a wide reciever, including a 34 yard TD reception from Oswreiler that turned out to seal the victory. And though the Seahawks drove to our 3yd late in the fourth quarter, right after I said to myself, “They need a turnover.”, on the very next play Steven Johnson came up with a pick that secured the win.
What I noticed was the toughness of our starting O-line though Clark needs to get confidence manning the RT position. Schofield may soon see some first team reps soon if Clark doesn’t improve. Running game was very good. We will be a more balanced offense if the running game keeps improving. And they did it without Montee Ball who had an emergency appendix operation earlier in the week. He should be ready by the start of the season, so Hillman, Anderson, who himself may lose some time with a Concussion suffered in the game, Thompson and other UFDA’s will have to carry the preseason load.
Defensively,they did not wait to show their toughness, aggression and deepness. Our defensive line is more deep as I have never seen on a Bronco team. Wolfe, Williams, Potroast, Ware are better starters as any d-line group in the NFL. And we have five more that will get plenty of playing time in rotation, so we will be as fresh as possible. And I have no doubt that those nine will put plenty of consistent pressure on opposing QB’s this season. And the question mark after we didn’t draft a MLB in the draft has been answered by Nate Irving, who finally has grasped how a great MLB should play. And Lamin Barrow has put pressure to see some playing time too. And a linebacket trio of Danny Trevathon, Irving and Von Miller could become one of the greatest in Bronco history or the NFL for that matter.Plus, in the Nickle, Del Rio has not wasted any time bringing T.J.Ward up to the box. He played well in short coverage and got a sack on a stunt also. But what I liked best about the defense is their toughness. They will take it to any offense they face this year and may become a new Orange Crush by season’s end.
So a pretty darn good start and a win over a team that manhandled the Broncos in the Super Bowl is a very good feeling for the players, organization and all of Bronco Country. No matter that it doesn’t count on the record, it certainly does count psychologicaly and they now know they can play with any team in the NFL, especially with the strides of improvement of our defense. I think they can be a Top 5 or better defense and if they can hold the opposition to less than 20 points per game, you know we will average more than 30 per gane. So here’s to the best Bronco team since ’97- ’98. And you know how those two seasons ended. Go, Go Broncos in 2014 and make us a very exciting season!!!
I an going to show some of the players that have been turning heads during camp so far. There are more , but these are the ones really turning heads up to now!
(1) Lerentee McCray SLB. During Von’s abscess he has really made some great plays.
(2) Kenny Anunike, UDFA playing mostly DE, he has consistently put pressure rushing from the edge.
(3) Marvin Austin DT. Extremely quick off the snap, he has been shooting gaps and getting consistent penetration and creating chaos in the offensive backfield.
(4) Ronnie Hillman RB. Has been finally showing the talent he was drafted for and is clearly the #2 RB and change of pace player. As long as his fumbleitis done not crop up again he will get a good amount of snaps behind #1 Montee Ball.
(5) Cody Latimer. Has been getting open and grabbing a lot of passes. Great route runner with speed, body control and grabbing possession of the ball. Will push Andre Caldwell for snaps,and he and Emanuel Sanders have been staying late after practice to work with Peyton on route running and timing.
Should get a good amount of snaps and he will impress when he is in.
(6) Malik Jackson DL, LB. He can play both which gives him flexibility for the defense. Has been impressive in both positions thus far.
(7) Sylvester Williams DT. Has been working with Terrance Knighton on the #1 D-line. He and Terrance have worked great in putting pressure up the middle and crunching the run game. Will probably be the only starter out of this bunch, but all will see a good amount of playing time.
(8) Quanterus Smith, DE. Finally healthy, he is turning into a beast from the edge. Would start if we didn’t have Von and DeMarcus, but will spell them with not much of less degree of play.
(9) Quinton Carter, SS. Finally healthy after two long seasons for him. Broncos stuck with him through his extended rehabilitly and is playing very well so far and will probably make the roster.
All four of the FA we signed have also been impreessive thus far too. C.J. Ward has been able to support both the passing game and the running game from crowding the box and has laid some really tough licks on so far. Talib has been pretty good in coverage and supporting against the running game. DeMarcus was slowed by a leg bruise but is back at practice and has been very impressive with his edge rushing abilities. And Sanders has shown a lot of speed and quickness in getting separation from the DB’s and great hands and elusiveness after the reception. So all four will help make this year’s Broncos the best overall roster ever at this point in camp. The scrimmage tomorrow should give a measure of how far both Offense and Defense have come so far and it is less than a week before we meet the Seahawks in our first preseason game. Go Broncos and lay it on the Seahawks early and often this time around!
Second time trying to post this. Posted it and come back and poof it’s gone. Can you spell frustration? Anyway, where to start. What is not to like except the status of owner Pat Bowlen. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I lost my Father to this hideous disease and understand many of the things you have and may go through. Many thanks for all you have done for the Broncos organization, players, staff and Broncos Country Worldwide. We will send you our love and prayers for you and your family from this day on!
Sylvester Williams got a d-line pick and fumble recovery after he tried to lateral the ball. Heads up play for sure. He and Derek Wolfe have been successful at applying pressure up the middle. As for our edge rushers, DeMarcus has shown here his explosivess already and Von Miller is back to his natural playing weight and looks real good in his limited playing time so far. And even more importantly DeMarcus has taken Von under his wing both on and off field which will work wonders for Von and help him mature this year and beyond.
As for the LB, Danny Trevathon is looking real good and Nate Irving and Lamon Barrow are vieing for the Mike LB. Good work from both so far. As for the DB, Louis Young has showed up very well so far in his bid to make the team as an undrafted free agent. Rahim Moore has shown he has fully recovered from his malady last season and is proving his ability to be a great Safety. And Aqid Talib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus are showing leadership and their toughness is rubbing off and the defense already is pushing the offense and proving they can be a top rated defense this year.
On offense, Cody Latimer is looking like a real steal so far, Andre Caldwell and Emmanuel Sanders have both shown Brilliance. And DeMaryius Thomas will bring his immense talents upon his return from his GrandMa’s funeral, God Bless her Soul! Wes Welker has been his usual awesome self. Julian Thomas continues to show his development into a top tier TE. And Virgil Greene I’d developing into a great TE too. Can you picture a two tight attack Ala the Patriots in recent years? And Peyton is in great shape and his arm is much stronger this year according to the recievers. They should put up plenty of points this year but may not have to with a much better defense as we can control the ball and clock better with an improved running game headed by Monte Ball and whoever makes up the rest of the running backs. Hillman, Anderson. Thompson and Bibbs are all strong candidates and the Broncos will probably keep 4 of them for depth to give Montee a breather or as a change of pace. That leads to the O-line. We now have Ryan at LT, Orlando at LG, Manny at C, Lois at RD and Chris at RT. Clark replaced Clady at LT after Clady’s injury and did a pretty good job. But he is not the strongest at run blocking. Winston Justice is a strong run blocker and may give Chris a run for that RT position. Either way will have the biggest O-line in the NFL and that bodes well for a strong running game which should give us a better balance on offense.
And the depth of this team is breath-stopping. A lot of our backups could start on other teams. And I along with Tommy Jackson and others concur that the Broncos are more equipped than any other team to get to the Super Bowl AND succeed. I just know I feel better about this team, akin to how I felt about the ’97 and ’98, than I felt about last year’s team. Go, Go Broncos and give us an exciting, marvelous season this year! Buckle your seats, as it should be a stupendous ride!!!
Today, one of the nfl.com writers thinks that the Broncos will have a hangover this season stemming from the Super Bowl loss.To put it bluntly, I told him that he could stuff his opinion as he obviously hasn’t visited Dove Valley to see how things really are going on. And what is going on the Broncos are using that loss as huge motivation similar to that overtime loss to the Ravens. But I know they are even more motivated this season.
Plus the addition of 4 great free agents added to the return of 8 players that missed that Super Bowl, will make the Broncos a much stronger team this year. Not on paper, but in reality. And I know that the chemistry in the locker room and on the field is going great.And we will again have a great offense plus a defense that I will be amazed if they aren’t a top 5 or top 10 team. They will be able to get off the field more quickly and more often, giving the offense more chances to score and/or control the clock, which they did not have nearly as much last season.And we still managed to get to the Super Bowl.
So if they play as they are expected to it will be one heck of a season this year. And they will be more battle tested from going through a tougher schedule. So to all you doubters and haters, you will be very surprised and amazed by how wrong you will be! Go Broncos!
Almost time for Training Camp.Opens 4 days from now on Wednesday July 23rd. And the preseason games take up August and the season begins at 7:30 pm Sunday Night Football on NBC September 7th against the Indianapolis Colts which begins our Revenge Tour. So the pace will quicken real soon. Here is my projection of this year’s Bronco Roster Team. And as I promised a Shout-out to a Broncos fan I recently met who sports a great Broncos tat. Here’s to you Michael Clark! GO,Go Broncos and lead us to a Super Great Season this year.
My Projected Roster:
Zac Dysert/ Jack
Renner (One placed
Capri Bibb on
Cody Latimer (Will
see many quality
Isaah Burse (Will
Ben Garland on
(Louis Young to
Omar Bolden (makes
team with ability
to also play CB)
(Duke Ihenacho to
That is my projection and here’s to a great season for all of Bronco Country across America and internationally!
NOTE: I have 9 on practice squad and only 7 make it, so 2 designated for practice squad will not make the team or practice squad)
And good luck to all who will not make the team, other NFL teams and other careers!
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Retirement isn’t on Peyton Manning’s radar as he prepares for his 17th NFL season, his third in Denver, Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press reports . Coming off the best two-year stretch of his career, Manning is keeping tacklers, tedium and time itself at bay.
At 38, Manning said he’ll keep playing as long as he’s still productive and loves the game.
“I still enjoy the work and preparation,” said Manning, who lost wide receiver Eric Decker to the Jets but gained coveted free agent Emmanuel Sanders and prized rookie Cody Latimer.
That turnover actually helps keep Manning young at heart, coach John Fox suggested.
“There’s so much change in the NFL nowadays that I think that keeps the juices flowing, whether that’s getting Emmanuel Sanders up to speed or last year, Wes Welker. Anytime you put a new cog in there, that’s an adjustment,” Fox said. “I think he takes pride in that and he attacks that. He seems to me to be having a great time.”
Manning would like to play out his contract, which runs through 2016. Yet, while he’s not pondering retirement, he said in an interview with The Associated Press that he has certainly contemplated what it will be like.
“Sometimes I sort of kick back and I pause and I think what sorts of things would I miss the most if I wasn’t playing,” Manning said.
“Being in the huddle,” Manning said. “That’s what I missed most when I was injured, I’ll say that. I mean, there’s no other type of unity or bond that I think any other job can provide. I know there are meetings, there are video conferences. But that huddle, because of where it takes place: it’s often on the road, in the middle of the field, in front of 80,000 people, it’s unique.”
“When you don’t play football anymore, you can broadcast, you can coach, you can be in management, whatever, but you are not allowed to go into the huddle anymore,” Manning said. “That huddle is just for players. You can go into the locker room after the game and you can speak to the team, but I think any retired player would probably tell you they miss the huddle.”
“And I like going into that huddle,” Manning said. “I like the guys that I get to work with. I like lifting weights, working with Wes Welker, doing a set of bench press with Jacob Tamme, I like working with the guys that I play with and I still like learning. I like being challenged by Adam every day to be a better football player. There are a lot of things that I still enjoy about it.
“And I look forward to driving over here every day. I think as soon as you go, ‘Golly, I do not want to go over there today,’ that’s when you’ve got to get out.”