The last of the OTAs is on the books and now about four and a half weeks to Camp. Hopefully noone gets in trouble during this period. Just chill Broncos. They liked the upbeat pace and structure of Kubiack’s practices. Big positive change from Fox, that is for sure. And we now know the offensive line lineup entering Camp. Ty Sambrailo has settled in at LT and has been working against DeMarcus Ware and has held his own doing it , which is good news. Michael Schofield will probably back him up as a swing tackle. Next to him, at LG, Ben Garland is ahead of veteran Shelley Smith and he and Ty are getting better at tandem blocking in the Zone Blocking schemes. Gino Gradkowski is penciled in at Center, but he is being heavily pressed by Matt Paradis for that position. The only set position is at RG where Louis Vasquez is the Elder Statesman, and relishing his responsibilty to lead the group this season, with Max Garcia backing him up. And Chris Clark is leading the pack at RT, with Ryan Harris and Michael Schofield pushing him. So we know how it will start in camp. With all that competion in four positions whoever does win will definitely earn it and by the time the season starts they should be working well together or answering to Mr. Vasquez to get it together , gentlemen! I am much less concerned by what looked to be a big concern. But they are all relatively young and should be playing together for many seasons. And the Zone Blocking scheme is easier for them to pick up so they can practice more time on protecting Peyton. I think they will be solid approaching good this season.
And we could see some turnnover in our wide recieving Corps. Andre Caldwell is probably history with Nathan Palmer taking his position and possibly returning kicks too. And I agree with Julio Jones, the all star reciever with Atlanta, that holding out, like Demaryius and Dez are doing is selfish. Sure, they want a fair deal, but holding out is not the way to do it. Demaryius has been a team leader and needs his behind in Camp, not holding out. Kick his agent in the butt and get it done. No way do we want him to become a free agent. And Elway, be fair, but dont give away the shop. We know you are a Master at that, so kick yourself in the butt or Russel to do it for you!
On Defensive line, it looks like Sly Williams has the edge to start at Nose Tackle. He started OTAs a little uneven, but surged towards the end to earn the confidence of Coach Phillips. But we also have good depth at that position with Marvin Austin and Derek Walker. And Shane Ray will play opposite of Von at times and all three will play at times. Should be very fun to watch this season. At LB, both Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathon are easing back in from off- season surgery, but Marshall has started running and Trevathon shouldnt be too far behind him in that aspect. They both are expected back for Camp. Todd Davis has caught the attention of Coach Phillips with his play this spring and early summer at that position so he can step in if either can’t go early in the season. And others, like Lammin Barrow and Corey Nelson have seen increased reps. So good depth is being developed. One other who has looked good is Shaquil Barrett, the former CSU Ram who barely missed making the team last season and ended up on the Practice team. And Darren Stewart has fitted right in at Free Safety without missing a beat. So I think the defense can be a top 3 defense this year and improve on their middle of the pack scoring defense with more of an attacking defense under Coach Phillips. And more forced turnovers with more defensive scores. When they are on defense this year, we will be holding our bladders until commercials more often lest we miss something really good they do.
And we might have a new phenom punting and kicking this season and free up a roster spot and also a pretty good chunk of cap space to boot. (Pun intended)
It is hard to predict this early, but I think it will go down like this. Peyton won’t pass as much but will be more lethal this season. We will see 1600+ team rushing yards with C.J. Anderson joining the 1000+ club. Will average over 27 points per game and allow less than 16 points per game. This will definitely win a bunch of games and I predict another AFC West championship, a bye, at least the AFC Championship, and possibly a Superbowl championship. I predict a 14-2 regular season and a Super Bowl match with the Green Bay Packers. May or may not happen, but for Broncos Country it is another good Broncos Team to watch and support this season. Work hard and well and bring us a championship or two!!!