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  • Report: Broncos expected to re-sign running back David Williams
    by Scotty Payne on July 18, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Broncos adding to their running back depth. According to 9NEWS Denver’s Mike Klis, the Broncos are expected to re-sign 2018 seventh-round pick, running back, David Williams. RB David Williams is back in the Broncos building, per league source. He was their 7th-rd pick last year who Jax signed off their practice squad. He played for Jaguars last year. Was cut in May. If Williams passes physical as expected, Broncos plan is to re-sign him. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 18, 2019 WIlliams is a 6’0, 229lb running back who the Broncos selected in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He spent the spring and summer with the Broncos before being waived by them during the final 53-man roster cut down period. However, he was signed to the Broncos practice squad where he stayed until the Jacksonville Jaguars signed him to their active roster in early October, He would stay on their roster and play in a limited capacity until the end of the season. He would eventually be waived by the Jaguars in May of this offseason. During the 2018 preseason with the Broncos, Williams totaled 27 rushes for 79 yards. He had 8 regular season carries with the Jaguars where he totaled 36 yards. Now he will look to crack the Broncos 53-man roster once again. If he passes his physical, he will give the Broncos another power option out of their backfield. Outside of Royce Freeman, you have the speedster Phillip Lindsay, third-down back Devontae Booker, and undersized speedsters Khalfani Muhammad and rookie Devontae Jackson. Williams likely faces long odds at making the 53-man roster, but he could find himself back on the teams Practice Squad if he has a solid summer with the team. […]

  • 2019 Denver Broncos Training Camp: Day 1 news and notes
    by Scotty Payne on July 18, 2019 at 11:10 pm

    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos football is back! It was a hot day at Dove Valley, but that didn’t stop our Denver Broncos from hitting the field for their first Training Camp practice of the 2019 season. Today we have an update on the quarterbacks(of course), Phillip Lindsay looking electric, the defense bringing the pressure, two young corners having good days, and another UDFA running back making a name for himself during Broncos camp? Disclaimer: I was not at camp and this is just a collection of news and notes from other sources with my thoughts and opinions sprinkled in. Quarterback update It was an up and down day for the quarterbacks, but that should be expected during the first day of Training Camp. However, both Joe Flacco and rookie Drew Lock made some big throws during practice today. Flacco hit rookie wide receiver Juwann Winfree for a 20-yard or so touchdown pass. Juwann Winfree with the first TD grab from Joe Flacco in the team period. Big cheer from crowd.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019 Lock followed in the veteran footsteps by hitting former cornerback now wide receiver Brendan Langley for a 50-yard touchdown pass. The first big “wow play” of camp and one we could see a lot during the upcoming days and weeks of practices. Okay Drew Lock 50-yard bomb to Brendan Langley for the first big TD of camp.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019 Lock by all accounts had a solid all around day during his first ever Training Camp practice, however, he wasn’t the number two quarterback during today’s session. Vetern Kevin Hogan came in after Joe Flacco and really didn’t have a great day per reports. One rough sequence of plays ended in an interception for Hogan. Ugly series for Kevin Hogan and the second team offense, included a Bausby INT— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019 After practice, Head Coach Vic Fangio was asked what about Joe Flacco stood out to him and he mentioned his calm demeanor. “Joe’s got a calm demeanor about him, but he is still a fiery competitor. I think Joe’s at a time in his career that he has that calm demeanor about him—and when things are going good, it’s ‘Joe Cool.’ And if thinks aren’t going, well, Joe doesn’t care that much—or he’s not getting fired up. That’s how Joe is. Joe is a competitor. He leads through example. He is not going to be a guy who loses his emotions—but trust me, inside his brain and belly, it’s turning for him.” Fangio was also asked what he wants to see from rookie quarterback Drew Lock throughout the remainder of the Training Camp practices and he kept it simple. He told reporters that he wants to see Lock improve in all areas and “just become a quarterback”. “Improvement in all areas. Command of the offense, command of the line of scrimmage, decisions on where to throw the ball—how quickly he can make those decisions. Everything. Just become a quarterback.” Locks development will be something to watch throughout the remainder of camp but it sounds like he had himself a solid first day. Phillip Lindsay looking electric Shocker, Phillip Lindsay looked electric today. He sat out the entire offseason because he was recovering from a wrist injury that he suffered late in the year last year, but returned to the field today. The Broncos were expected to ease him back into things, but that wasn’t the case today. He took the first rep of practice today and was used in the passing game as well. #broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) in on the first team rep of camp and gets the handoff. Didn’t take a single handoff all offseason. Good sign.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 18, 2019 Head Coach Vic Fangio told reporters that he thought that Lindsay looked good today and that he shouldn’t be surprised because he has been chomping at the bit. “He looked good. About what I hoped he would. He had an unusual wrist injury but he had his legs. I probably shouldn’t be surprised. He was chomping at the bit to get out there.” Quarterback Joe Flacco was asked about Lindsay and he mentioned his energy and personality as something that stands out about him. “Phillip, he’s like one of my kids. I don’t know where he gets all the energy, but he has it 24/7. I think in individual [period] I turned around to hand him off on one of the wide zone plays and I barely got to him. All the other guys, they track a little bit different, but he’s a little amped up for getting out here I think the first time. Overall, it’s just his personality. He’s a lot of fun to be around because of that. He keeps a lot of energy around and keeps it young, keeps me young and everybody going.” Lindsay figures to be a featured player in Rich Scangarello’s offense and I am excited to see how it all plays out. Cornerbac Isaac Yiadom stood out today Second-year corner Isaac Yiadom needed to step up in a big way this year and if the first Training Camp practice is any indication of what is to come, he will be making that second-year jump. Isaac Yiadom making plays out here. One pick of Drew Lock on long bomb. #Broncos @1043TheFan— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) July 18, 2019 During one rep, he made an impressive leaping interception off a deep bomb from rookie quarterback Drew Lock. He made a nice adjustment to get in front of the wide receiver and get to the ball to make the interception. Go and get it, @isaacshowtime‼️#BroncosCamp pic.twitter.com/6w0GObZdrF— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 18, 2019 It was nice to hear that Yiadom was out there making plays today. The Broncos need him to make that second-year leap to give their conerback group that much more depth and versatility. It was just one practice, an unpadded practice, but a great start Another UDFA star at running back for the Broncos? Each year some player comes out of nowhere to make a name for himself during Training Camp. Last season, it was undrafted rookie running back Phillip Lindsay. Could the Broncos find themselves yet another UDFA runner to become a big-time contributor? Well, UDFA runner Devontae Jackson is trying to do just that and by all accounts had himself a solid day. The stories today were Yiadom, Langley, Bausby and a surprising RB... Devontae JacksonWe have interviews with Yiadom, Langley and Jackson coming your way shortly.#BroncosCamp @redwardsradio— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) July 18, 2019 Jackson is listed at just 5-7, 176 pounds, but he’s elusive in space. He has the speed to make people miss and take it to the house whenever he touches the ball. So despite being undersized, he could be a fun weapon for the Broncos offense if he continues this sort of play. However, I would caution that we wait until the pads come on before claiming Jackson is the next Phillip Lindsay. Smaller speed guys always excel during non-contact/non-padded practices. We have seen it before with Isaiah McKenzie and Ronnie Hillman. Both always stood out during these practices and went silent when things got physical. Jackson is still a name to watch and to keep an eye on during the coming days. News and notes Newly signed Kareem Jackson played safety in the Broncos 1st team defense during team drills today. We will probably see him move around some, but it appears he will be a safety first. UDFA edge rusher Malik Reed stood out today. He consistently put pressure on the second and third team quarterbacks according to reports. He faces stiff competition to make the 53-man roster but performances like this help his case. Courtland Sutton dealt with some drops during today’s practice and will need to clean that up moving forward. Von Miller was Von Miller today. He was after quarterback Joe Flacco all day today. So as usual, Von is already ruining the first-team offenses day. Cornerback De’Vante Bausby hauled in an interception off quarterback Kevin Hogan during a tip drill. It was a “right time right place” scenario, but he showed a nice nose for the ball. Guard Ron Leary took first-team reps at right guard today but was spelled by Don Barclay on occasion. Injury report Starting inside linebacker Todd Davis was carted off the field with an ankle/foot injury and will undergo an MRI and X-Ray on it. Thankfully, it sounds like it was a minor injury that shouldn’t be an issue moving forward but we are still waiting for official word on it. Update: The injury is a bit more severe than originally anticipated and he will be out 3 to 4 weeks with a partial calf muscle tear. Tight end Bug Howard missed practice because he was sick. Head Coach Vic Fangio speculated that he had food poisoning. Punter Colby Wadman missed practice because of a “family issue back home” Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice as expected but sat out team drills. He looked explosive with no signs of limitations from his torn achilles. Running back Phillip Lindsay looked himself and did not have any issues with a wrist injury that sidelined him for most off the offseason Guard Ron Leary who is also returning from a torn achilles was on the practice field as well. Finally, we have tight end Jake Butt who was recovering from his third ACL injury taking the field as well. He avoided the PUP and will eased into things, but it is a good sign to see him out there. Tweets from camp T H EB R O N C O SA R EB A C K pic.twitter.com/qN8lS9bkkL— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019 The sun is out and football is back! Be sure to check out the @Broncos social media channels at 9:15 MT for Broncos Camp Live. We will have a live look in at practice! pic.twitter.com/KsShRqhNBr— Phil Milani (@philmilani) July 18, 2019 "Hiiiii #BroncosCountry "- Phil Lindsay (@I_CU_boy)#Broncos @CBSDenver pic.twitter.com/T58MvEZXbR— Ryan Greene (@RyanCBS4) July 18, 2019 #Broncos QBs Rypien and Lock getting loose with @JakeButtTE. Post Malone is providing soundtrack. “Better Now” would have been my choice but this works #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/2n8bPnFfoW— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 With a few distance chants of “Joe!” from the crowd starting to fill in, new #Broncos QB Joe Flacco walks onto practice field for first practice #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/wGIcj0vBFu— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 Broncos are starting to roll out of the locker room. Some individual drills underway. FOOTBALL IS BACK. pic.twitter.com/WOQTmNGCqx— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019 #Broncos @VonMiller hyping up fans as stretch gets ready to begin #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/TYGk85PjYT— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 ’s ready for #BroncosCamp!⚡️ @ESanders_10 ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/1cxH0s8Myb— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 18, 2019 WR’s warming up @MileHighReport pic.twitter.com/oVYwPkKu4R— Luke Patterson (@LukePattersonLP) July 18, 2019 All smiles for Day ☝️ of #BroncosCamp! pic.twitter.com/NltA8P26Ym— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 18, 2019 Year 9 for these two. , @ChrisHarrisJr! , @VonMiller!#BroncosCamp pic.twitter.com/E02oi1MM39— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 18, 2019 Wide receivers (including Emmanuel Sanders) working on their releases from the line of scrimmage pic.twitter.com/cEQ8X31GZZ— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) July 18, 2019 Emmanuel Sanders in an individual period on #broncos day one. He tore his Achilles in Dec. pic.twitter.com/HTJ2RH0ti8— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 18, 2019 Joe Flacco and Drew Lock getting work in on the first day of Training Camp 2019 ⁦@Broncos⁩ ⁦@KOANewsRadio⁩ pic.twitter.com/mup3aogXLr— Michael Coover (@MichaelCoover) July 18, 2019 Phillip Lindsay got the biggest ovation from any Bronco when he took the field this morning. He also got the first rep of team work. He’s ready to go.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019 Former Michigan safety Dymonte Thomas and tight end Jake Butt out at Broncos camp. pic.twitter.com/e8YZslt6s3— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) July 18, 2019 Well hello #Broncos training camp. Receivers getting in some early work. As always @rivercracraft and @Tpstreets putting in the time to improve. And yes that is Drew Lock out here. All is right with world. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/E8856AuiL7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 .@JoeFlacco is on the field for his first #Broncos Training Camp practice. #9Sports pic.twitter.com/goA5aGJOQn— 9NEWS Sports Denver (@9NEWSSports) July 18, 2019 Von Miller takes the field as Broncos Training Camp begins pic.twitter.com/BbBroov9jC— Dave Althouse (@davealthouse) July 18, 2019 #Broncos edge guys warming up pic.twitter.com/cHiqLna2U0— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) July 18, 2019 Interesting change to #Broncos training camp — limited music so far today. None playing during individual drills right now. #4Broncos @CBSDenver— Michael Spencer (@MichaelCBS4) July 18, 2019 Kareem Jackson at S with the ones #Broncos— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) July 18, 2019 Drew Lock running the 3rd offense #Broncos— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) July 18, 2019 Nice break on the ball and PBU for De’Vante Bausby #Broncos— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) July 18, 2019 Su’a Cravens just made a nice read and would have absolutely destroyed Fred Brown over the middle in game conditions #Broncos— Sayre Bedinger (@SayreBedinger) July 18, 2019 Courtland Sutton with a couple of drops early in practice. Sanders helping keep his spirits up. Expect him to bounce back as the day goes on. #Broncos @1043TheFan— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) July 18, 2019 #Broncos Flacco shows good movement in pocket, moves left and connects with @SkeeterMills__ #Denver7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 Liking how elusive @I_CU_boy is in space in the passing game. #Denver7 #Broncos— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 #Broncos LB Todd Davis leaves field on cart. Was riding in passenger seat. Will get update after practice. He walked into to lockerroom so that’s good sign #Denver7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 Von Miller doing Von Miller things, making life difficult for pass protection— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019 DeShawn Williams had the pressure that led to Hogan’s INT, which was deflected by Alexander Johnson. Nice swim move to get to Hogan and force the errant pass.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019 Malik Reed has gotten pressure on the backup QBs twice so far today, one of which likely would have been a sack in game conditions. That “sack” saw him force the RT deep in his alignment as he faded back, at which point Reed pivoted and streaked past the inside shoulder to the QB— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019 Ugly series for Kevin Hogan and the second team offense, included a Bausby INT— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 18, 2019 #Broncos Drew Lock connects on long TD pass to Brendan Langley. Langley competing to make team as reserve WR after switching from CB. He played more WR in his background than defense. #Denver7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 Big throw from Flacco to Sutton over the middle. Sutton elevated over a couple DBs to go up and get it.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019 Juwann Winfree with the first big catch of camp. Laid out toward the sideline for a 15-20 yarder from Flacco.— Ryan Koenigsberg (@RyanKoenigsberg) July 18, 2019 Drew Lock felt the pressure from the outside and stepped up in the pocket for a short completion. Good footwork and poise.— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) July 18, 2019 First day of #broncoscamp is off to a fast start as the Defense takes advantage of some early offensive miscues. Today’s #johnnyonthespot goes to #41 De’Vante Bausby who took a deflected pass in for a #TouchDown @1043thefan ‘Safety Blitz’ @Broncos #broncoscountry #nfltrainingcamp pic.twitter.com/BQkxM2dtBr— Nick Ferguson (@NickFerguson_25) July 18, 2019 #Broncos Fangio said it’s all about “fundamentals” #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/LzhEqqs5M6— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 #Broncos Fangio on what stands out about Joe Flacco #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/oHJ5YWYu5y— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 #Broncos Flacco on how the scheme can help elevate him in his transition. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/y8aGAA2PjI— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 #Broncos Drew Lock discussed the first practice. Said there was no way he would have been late to training camp. He made up conditioning test today. #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/AImjPRmwWQ— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) July 18, 2019 @I_CU_Boy checking in after Day 1 of #BroncosCamp!He wants to see everyone tomorrow when gates open at 8 a.m. pic.twitter.com/rteyAMCW8S— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) July 18, 2019 Quotables Head Coach Vic Fangio on edge rusher Bradley Chubb “I think Bradley is in a good spot. I do think he is really a guy that we can use and have success in this defense. He is a good edge setter. He is versatile. We can play him inside. He is a very reliable player for a young guy—even when he is dropping, which is rare from those guys who come from college and were primarily defensive ends. He is farther along dropping than most of the guys I’ve seen that have to make that transition. I’m very pleased with him.” Bradley Chubb on Head Coach Vic Fangio saying he is strong fundamentally “I feel like that’s one of the main things I feel like got me to this point where I am at is the fundamentals. Paying attention to those small little details each and every day because when you become great it doesn’t just happen overnight. It happens because you’re paying attention to one small thing each day. I feel like if I just continue to do that, good things will start to happen. I feel like when coach has an emphasis on it, that makes me want to have an emphasis on it as well. Just putting on those one percent each day and just trying to get better as I can.” Joe Flacco on how Scangarello’s offense compares to the Gary Kubiak style of offense that he experienced in Baltimore. “I think there are obviously differences, but a lot of the terminology is the same. I think a lot of the concepts and what you want to do with the ball and the overall philosophy of what we want to do on offense is pretty similar. We have a lot of good running backs. We want to be physical in everything that we do. We want to be able to run the ball that way so we can utilize our play action and do all of the other things that come off of that. I think the philosophy overall is very similar.&rdquo […]

  • Todd Davis suffered partially torn calf; out 3-4 weeks
    by Just_JoRo on July 18, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Todd Davis is hurt. Not good. | David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports Denver Broncos starting linebacker, Todd Davis, has a partially torn calf and will likely miss 3-4 weeks. Day 1 of Denver Broncos training camp is that time where optimism flies like a Drew Lock deep bomb. At least until these kind of tweets start flying: As the first practice of training camp is drawing to a close, Broncos linebacker Todd Davis was just taken to the locker room. He was limping as he went in. https://t.co/FHSiQltgAz— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) July 18, 2019 I’ve said before that Todd Davis is one of the more irreplaceable players on the Broncos defense. He’s a solid starting inside linebacker, a strong run stopper and the Fangio system should put him in better positions against the pass. He’s also the lone true veteran inside, so if he’s out for an extended period of time, the loss could hurt. Bradley Chubb mentioned how important he is from a leadership standpoint after practice. “Todd, I feel like he is one of the most vocal leaders on this team, not just the defense. He is one of those guys that—sometimes last year in the game I’m like, ‘Hey Todd, what I got right here?’ And he just always knows what he’s doing, always reliable, always making the right calls and he’s a huge part of the defense.” Broncos ILB Todd Davis suffered a partial calf muscle tear and is expected to be out 3-4 weeks, per source.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) July 18, 2019 With Todd Davis forced to miss an extended period of time it will put pressure on Josey Jewell to build on a rookie season where he played 42% of the defensive snaps. The optimistic view is that it should give Vic Fangio and the Broncos coaching staff time to evaluate the rest of the linebacker depth. I’ve mentioned before how Joe Jones is one I’m intrigued by. Alexander Johnson also made a good play in camp today. The two played a combined 43 snaps on defense in 2018. One other name to keep an eye on going forward is rookie Justin Hollins. Broncos insider Andrew Mason mentioned in his report from practice that the 2019 5th round pick played a majority of his reps inside today. […]

  • John Elway hopes offseason changes help Broncos rebound
    by Tim Lynch on July 18, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports The Denver Broncos have had a rough couple of seasons, but John Elway is hopeful the changes they made to get better this season pay off. The Denver Broncos opened up Training Camp at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood, Colorado on Wednesday, with their first practice on Thursday. On Wednesday, President of Football Operations/GM John Elway met with the media to discuss the franchise and the upcoming season. With another head coaching change, Elway is most optimistic about what Vic Fangio will bring to the table this season. “Obviously with a new staff and Vic [Fangio] coming in—we’re excited about Vic being here. I think that looking at what happened in the offseason, the draft that we had, the UFAs that were signed with Joe Flacco coming in—I think it’s this time of year that everybody’s always excited about their team, but we had a good offseason,” Elway said. “We’ve got a long way to, and just under two months until the first game, so we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. Hopefully we can get there, but this is always exciting. We’ll see what we have once we get going in training camp.” “We’ve got a long way to, and just under two months until the first game, so we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.” This is the time of year when every team has tremendous optimism. It’s the time of year when executives, coaches, players, and fans all believe there is hope for a big season. For the Broncos, the optimism is around the new coaching staff and the new players Elway brought in to help shore up the defense and improve the offensive productivity. Bryce Callahan and Kareem Jackson should help return the No Fly Zone to form, while Ja’Wuan James and Joe Flacco both improved major areas of concerns from last season. Elway spoke to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated about that process and for Elway it is about finding talented football players whose desire to win football games outweighs all other factors in the nations biggest sport. “We’ve been looking for guys where football’s No. 1 to them, and winning’s No. 1 to them. That’s what we have in a Von Miller and Joe Flacco and a Ja’Wuan James. They have that mentality, they want to come in here and win.” As fans, we can recall those kinds of players that help the franchise win Super Bowl 50. Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware were tremendously talented, but their desire to win games mattered more than anything else. That’s the kind of mentality Elway looks for in the draft or free agency. We’ll have to see if those are the kinds of players Elway signed this year. Which is why the hardest part to training camp for us fans will be tempering expectations. Are the Broncos a playoff team? Elway probably thinks so, but having been a player for 16 seasons, he knows all too well how it goes in the NFL. “There are a lot of unknowns because it’s a new staff and a lot of new players. We put that all together. We’re hopeful to have a good year.” “I’ll let you guys set that,” Elway said. “We know what our goals are. The bottom line is I never went into a season saying, ‘We’re going to be 10-6.’ I think we walk into every game with the idea that we can win it. The bottom line is we’ve got to go out and execute and play well. Obviously, you’ve got to get a little bit lucky and stay healthy, but our expectations are to take it a day at a time. Get through preseason, see what we have and then look forward to the opener in Oakland. Really take it one week at a time. Obviously, there are a lot of unknowns because it’s a new staff and a lot of new players. We put that all together. We’re hopeful to have a good year.” The backbone of this franchise will continue to be the defense. Elway made that side of the ball the focus first by hiring Vic Fangio who was fresh of leading the number one overall defense in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and then again in free agency with the players he added there. “I think that obviously we played good defense the last four years,” Elway said. “Maybe not as good as we’d have liked the last couple years, but I think with Vic’s expertise on the defensive side as well as [Defensive Coordinator] Ed Donatell and the whole defensive staff, with the scheme that we’re going to change on the defensive side and the people that we have, I think that we have a lot of flexibility in the secondary and a lot of good football players. That gives the coaches a lot of options.” Elway then made the 2019 NFL Draft an offensive one, using three picks in the first two rounds on the offensive side of the ball with Noah Fant, Dalton Risner, and Drew Lock. He also added the league’s best offensive line coach in Mike Munchak and added a right tackle in free agency. However, his biggest move might have been the trade he made in February for quarterback Joe Flacco. “[Joe Flacco’s] got the ability to make every throw and throw it with touch and throw the ball down field. He’s got a strong arm, he can see and he moves well in the pocket.” “A lot of times you don’t get to see a guy throw every day,” Elway said. “I think when you watch Joe Flacco throw, he’s got the ability to make every throw and throw it with touch and throw the ball down field. He’s got a strong arm, he can see and he moves well in the pocket. I think that when you get a guy, and a lot of times systems pick guys and a lot of success comes with the system. I’m excited about [Offensive Coordinator] Rich [Scangarello] and the system that he brings from San Francisco. Joe’s best years were in that system. Combining all that with Joe—anytime you get traded midway in your career or two-thirds of the way through your career, you’ve got something to prove.” Anyone who has watched the Broncos play the last three seasons could see that their biggest hole on the roster was at quarterback. First, languishing through two seasons with Trevor Siemian, who should have never been trotted out as a starting quarterback, then expecting first-round bust Paxton Lynch to suddenly evolve into one, set the franchise up for a colossal disappointment in 2018 when they expected the addition of veteran backup Case Keenum to be a thing. With Flacco, the franchise finally has a veteran starter who has actually led teams deep into the playoffs and come up big in big games. The only caveat is whether Flacco’s recent lack of success was a symptom of the Baltimore Ravens franchises decline in talent or the decline was Flacco’s. We’ll just have to wait and see on that. […]

  • Training Camp Roundtable: Who might disappoint this year?
    by Taylor Kothe on July 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Fans love to root for the players who over-perform, but sometimes the opposite happens. We’ve covered the exciting new guys in camp, rookies and veterans alike, and we’ve projected the unexpected stars of training camp. As the first day of Training Camp 2019 begins, our fourth roundtable question flips the script while widening its scope to include the regular season: Is there a particular player you’re worried may underperform this year? If so, why? The staff’s responses were very focused on this, centering on two position groups: quarterback and offensive line. Questions abound for both groups, and each will likely play a major role in either propelling the team to success against a challenging 2019 schedule, or holding it back. Quarterbacks Sadaraine: I’m one of the bigger critics of Joe Flacco and I think there is significant risk for him to not be the guy that Elway is betting he is. He’s an average QB at best who doesn’t make players around him better. That’s a step up from what we had but is going to likely leave much to be desired for the 2019 season. Taylor: Sad and I are of the same mind regarding Flacco. I hope that Scangarello can put an offense together that fits him well, and I hope he’ll be successful this year. But based on his last half decade of play, I’m worried that Broncos Country will end up feeling let down by their free agent starting QB once again. Jeff: I don’t think fans should expect to much from Drew Lock in preseason or camp. While talented, he still has a lot of development needed, so I expect him to “under-perform” fan expectations. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Offensive Line Adam: It all starts up front, and the entire offensive line is scary. Not because of talent or coaching, but because it has been the worst unit on the field for the last several seasons, including the 2015 Super Bowl run. Whether it’s Bolles or Leary, or Connor McGovern being incapable of transitioning to center, the offensive line is a huge question mark. Just_JoRo: This is the “put up or shut up” year for Garett Bolles. Fans have made excuses for him since he was drafted, but with Munchak on board and his fifth year option looming he’s got to perform. Jeff: I’m with the others on Garett Bolles. This will be his third year in the league and I think many are expecting him to finally put it together and improve. I hope that’s the case, but I worry he could trend the other way. Ian St. Clair: Agree with Joe on Bolles. I’m not holding out hope he will step up, but he’s been put in the best situation to make it come to life. The biggest concern/worry for me is Ronald Leary. Not because he may under perform, but can he stay on the field? Joe M: Connor McGovern. Having a below average center is a great way to hamstring your offense. He was well below average at center last season and I could see him failing to thrive with the added bandwidth and responsibilities that a center has relative to a guard. Kyle B: Ja’ Wuan James set to underperform. Did not grade out well in Miami. Running Back Luke: Booker. Why is he still here? Heard Orlando Franklin call him a third-down back this morning and just about spit out my coffee. After the last couple of seasons, considerable worry being aimed at the offense is no surprise. Everyone’s perceptions are different, though, and there are certainly guys on defense who should draw notice and concern for possibly underperforming. Offense, defense, or otherwise: Who’s got you concerned this year, Broncos Country? […]

 

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