Due to some WordPress problems, havent been able to post for a while. Hoping they have been cleared up. As far as the Broncos, they are in OTA’s with a mandatory Mini-Camp scheduled Tuesday. There are some interesting competitions going on, so I will concentrate on those. But I just became aware that Aquid Talib was shot in the leg along with one others who were shot. He has been released from the Hospital Tuesday and it appears he will be not charged with anything, but we will have wait to see about that.
Now I will examine the competitions. The first you no doubt know about it. That is the three way battle for Starting QB. Mark Sanchez, Trevor Sieman and Paxton Lynch are getting equal reps in practice. Kubiack has said that this is the best way for one of them to stand out. The advantage with Sanchez is his experience. He has starred to struggling and everything between. But he has done everything to buy into the Broncos Culture which is very challenging. And he is fairly experienced with this type of offense. And he is holding on with his perfomance of the other two. Sieman is in his second year with the Broncos and knows the system best. And he is a pleasant surprise at how he has performed so far and don’t count him out of the competition so far. Finally Paxton is the QB of the future for the Broncos, the only question with him is how fast he gets the system and his footwork down. He is the prototype of the future for NFL QB’s. 6’7″ and a solidy built body. If he doesn’t emerge out of preseason, he very well could see action later in the season. So keep a good eye on this battle.
Secondly, the RB battle. They signed C.J Anderson to a long term contract, but Ronnie Hillman was signed to a one year contact. And you know that they drafted a RB too, who may be the steal of the draft. Devontae Booker is coming back from a knee injury, but it looks good for him by camp. Now to the others who may compete. Juwan Thompson was the 3rd string RB last season,now he can compete at FB in addition to RB and his special teams performance. They drafted a Fullback, from Nebraska, Andy Janovich, who had a good solid senior year. Now to Kapri Bibbs, who the offensive Staff have noticed his readiness to compete for a roster spot this season. On the Practice Squad two seasons, they asked him to be improved enough to viabley compete this year and they are impressed by his readiness. So it’ll be a great competion, but Ronnie may be a casualty if push comes to push, and they don’t have a lot of dead money in his contract. So keep a close eye on this too.
Now the Wide Recievers, Demaryus Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are great wide recievers, but Sanders can play in the Slot too. And Benny Fowler, Jordan Norwood, Jordan Taylor and Cody Latimer are the favorites for 3-6 slots. And if they keep six, there are several WR’s that could possibly break into this roster of WRs.
Now at TE, we have Vernon Greene who played well last season. And Jeff Heureman, healthy now after being IR last season, recoving from a knee injury. He was a high Draft pick in 2014 and has the tools to be a great TE. And Garret Graham was signed and played for Kubiack for the Texans.
Now, finally on the Offensive Line, the only starting postion in Matt Paridus at Center is returning. Now they signed Russell Okung for LT from the Seahawks, and Donald Stephenson,from the Cheifs to play RT And Max Garcia played a lot of reps last season at G. And Ty Sambrailo who also was on IR last season. So our OL starters will be these five, with Okung at LT, Sambrailo at RG , Paradis at OC, Garcia at RG and Stephenson at RT. And we have good depth in several players. So this OL will be much improved compared to last seasons OL.
Now to DL, we lost a great NT in Malick Jackson. But we have great players like Darius Kilgo and Sylvester Williams that can man that position. At DE, we have, Derek Wolfe, Kenny Anunike, Vance Walker and Shaquille Barrett, along with drafter Adam Gotsis, who has a great upside, who many compare to Derek Wolfe. So the Broncos have 7 great DL who will rotate this season.
At LB, we have four who can compare with the best in Von Miller and Demarcus Ware ( who may play mostly on 3rd Down passing situations) And Shane Ray and Shaquil Barret who are really good and will probably play mostly when DeMarcus is out. And we have good depth at that position too. Now at MLB we return Brandon Marshall to fill Danny Trevathon’s shoes at WSLB. At SSLB we have Todd Davis, Corey Nelson and Zaire Anderson, who impressed them through camp last year. Our LB’s compare very favorabley to the best in the NFL.
Now at DB, we have Aquid Talib and Chris Harris Jr. at the corners and Bradley Roby who played a lot in nickel formations. And Kayvon Webster at CB who has impressed in OTA’s. Plus we spent two draft choices to add depth at Safety in Will Parks and Justin Simmons who will join starters Dareus Stewart and T.J. Ward. So our DB are good in depth and would rank with best in the NFL.
Now on special teams, they drafted a Punter in Riley Dixon , who is really pushing Colquit in OTA’s.
Overall, I think they could be a better team than last years Super Bowl Championship team. Come on Broncos and take us on another exciting magic carpet ride to win another Super Bowl Championship for yourselves, the organization and World Wide Broncos Country!!!