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titan
08-01-2009, 09:37 AM
Broncos running back Jordan not taking opportunity lightly

From the Colorado Springs Gazette:

http://www.gazette.com/sports/full-59444-broncos-practice.html

some excerpts:

I know I can be a top back in this league, and Ive shown it in spurts, said Jordan, who has started more than eight games once in his career and gained 1,000 yards that season, in 2005 with Oakland. Thats because I never prepared, I was never disciplined. Now, Ive prepared. Im a lot more disciplined. Ive still got a ways to go, but Im off to a great start. Mentally, physically, spiritually in all aspects of my life I feel pretty good.

The good thing about this offense is all the running backs are going to have a role, Jordan said. Were going to beat teams differently every week. You saw that last year with New England.

McDaniels liked what he saw on the first day.

All of our backs are 215 (pounds) or more, so thats the style of running that we want, McDaniels said.

BroncoMan4ever
08-01-2009, 11:05 AM
finally some real size at the RB position. tired of shifty little speed backs that are no more than complimentary backs being used as our every down back.

Popps
08-01-2009, 11:10 AM
I'm glad to have him on board. It'll be nice to have another potential bruiser if anything happens to Hillis.

Jordan has had a 1000 yard rushing season, has caught 70 passes in a single season and averages over 4 YPC for his career.

We'll see what happens, but he knows the system and I think he'll be a solid contributor.

Los Broncos
08-01-2009, 11:12 AM
I kind of look at him like Pittman was last year, should provide some solid yards when we need him.

Broncoman13
08-01-2009, 11:13 AM
He was the least explosive RB last year but I also remember thinking the same thing about Pittman last year. These vets have a calm about themselves and they know that they will not be judged by a single play or even a single practice but rather collectively over several practices. I think we'll see him improve everyday... but to be sure, at this point he and Darrius Walker look to be the least competitive of the bunch.

Broncoman13
08-01-2009, 11:14 AM
Wow... guess the Pittman comparison is accurate.

~Crash~
08-01-2009, 11:15 AM
finally some real size at the RB position. tired of shifty little speed backs that are no more than complimentary backs being used as our every down back.

yep I hated that light assed TD he sure sucked...:welcome:

Orange_Beard
08-01-2009, 11:16 AM
I am looking forward to his 150 yard, 4 TD performance against the faid.

RMT
08-01-2009, 11:59 AM
He was the least explosive RB last year but I also remember thinking the same thing about Pittman last year. These vets have a calm about themselves and they know that they will not be judged by a single play or even a single practice but rather collectively over several practices. I think we'll see him improve everyday... but to be sure, at this point he and Darrius Walker look to be the least competitive of the bunch.

i'll second what Oskie said about Jordan and Walker being the LEAST competitive of the bunch. while watching practice yesterday, Jordan didn't impress much but it's early ... there's a lot of competition at RB, so it will make for an interesting camp as well as final cuts.

Popps
08-01-2009, 12:26 PM
Jordan isn't explosive, but he's a bruiser once he gets a head of steam. I think if he takes to our blocking scheme well, he'll be a nice rotational back, and obviously, he has good hands.

NE was near the top of the league in rushing last year without any feature back. I expect to see the touches spread out quite a bit.

At least between Jordan and Hillis, we finally have a couple backs that can pick up short yardage.

We're going to ****ing run over some people. I can't wait.

cutthemdown
08-01-2009, 12:36 PM
I kind of look at him like Pittman was last year, should provide some solid yards when we need him.

too bad Pittmans body let him down, he was really showing some heart until then.

cutthemdown
08-01-2009, 12:37 PM
Jordan isn't explosive, but he's a bruiser once he gets a head of steam. I think if he takes to our blocking scheme well, he'll be a nice rotational back, and obviously, he has good hands.

NE was near the top of the league in rushing last year without any feature back. I expect to see the touches spread out quite a bit.

At least between Jordan and Hillis, we finally have a couple backs that can pick up short yardage.

We're going to ****ing run over some people. I can't wait.

Not to mention if Quinn gets his stuff together and can play some we have 2 big bruising TE we can move around the LOS and help block in the run game.

cutthemdown
08-01-2009, 12:40 PM
i'll second what Oskie said about Jordan and Walker being the LEAST competitive of the bunch. while watching practice yesterday, Jordan didn't impress much but it's early ... there's a lot of competition at RB, so it will make for an interesting camp as well as final cuts.

I've watched a lot of football, practices, drills, everything and I will say one thing and know I am 100% correct. Small players look better then big ones until the real tackling starts. Then bigger players start to show why football covets size.

Until RB's are being taken all the way to the ground bruisers like Jordan will not look that great. His thing will be moving piles, breaking tackles, running people over for 3-5 yrds a pop.

Broncoman13
08-01-2009, 12:46 PM
I've watched a lot of football, practices, drills, everything and I will say one thing and know I am 100% correct. Small players look better then big ones until the real tackling starts. Then bigger players start to show why football covets size.

Until RB's are being taken all the way to the ground bruisers like Jordan will not look that great. His thing will be moving piles, breaking tackles, running people over for 3-5 yrds a pop.

Not saying that you aren't right, but none of the guys are really small. I mean, Buckhalter, Torain, and Walker are all right around 225... not exactly small. Knowshon will be our smallest back. Hillis and Jordan are both listed right around 240.

Broncoman13
08-01-2009, 12:48 PM
I've watched a lot of football, practices, drills, everything and I will say one thing and know I am 100% correct. Small players look better then big ones until the real tackling starts. Then bigger players start to show why football covets size.

Until RB's are being taken all the way to the ground bruisers like Jordan will not look that great. His thing will be moving piles, breaking tackles, running people over for 3-5 yrds a pop.

Also, I think Sam Adams' performance from a couple years ago counters your "I am 100% correct in that small players look better until.....", comment.

Los Broncos
08-01-2009, 01:26 PM
too bad Pittmans body let him down, he was really showing some heart until then.

With our o-line he ran well but hopefully our RB's stay healthy this year.

Jordan provides some muscle back there, Hillis him and Moreno are scary.

BroncoMan4ever
08-01-2009, 01:48 PM
yep I hated that light assed TD he sure sucked...:welcome:

TD was playing at 215lbs, and had the size of most of our current backs and is not who i was bring up with my post.

but in recent years, Bell, Young, Hall, all of them playing in the 210lbs or lighter range were meant to be used in a more featured role and none had the necessary size to do it.

BroncoMan4ever
08-01-2009, 01:53 PM
Not to mention if Quinn gets his stuff together and can play some we have 2 big bruising TE we can move around the LOS and help block in the run game.

that is something i am going to enjoy. seeing this team have some size and power. we have been far to weak, and reliant on finesse and speed as opposed to just pure power and size.

Gcver2ver3
08-01-2009, 02:07 PM
i appreciate jordan's attitude but if torain continues to shine that will probably mean jordan is the odd man out IMO...

Blueflame
08-01-2009, 02:33 PM
i appreciate jordan's attitude but if torain continues to shine that will probably mean jordan is the odd man out IMO...

One can hope... the guy basically admitted he's lazy....("wasn't prepared"... "was never disciplined"... not good attributes, guys.)

Popps
08-01-2009, 02:47 PM
One can hope... the guy basically admitted he's lazy....("wasn't prepared"... "was never disciplined"... not good attributes, guys.)

He was well-liked in NY. My guess is that his lack of preparation came his last season with the Raiders. His first season, he had 1500+ combined yards.

Dude can bring it when he wants to. Nothing fancy, but I hope he's committed all season so we can watch him bowling over tired defenders in the 4th quarter.

Blueflame
08-01-2009, 03:33 PM
He was well-liked in NY. My guess is that his lack of preparation came his last season with the Raiders. His first season, he had 1500+ combined yards.

Dude can bring it when he wants to. Nothing fancy, but I hope he's committed all season so we can watch him bowling over tired defenders in the 4th quarter.

Personally I'd rather see younger backs like Hillis and Torain (guys who have more years left to play... and don't have a history of laziness) outperform him and turn him into a roster cut casualty.

DHallblows
08-01-2009, 03:43 PM
TD was playing at 215lbs, and had the size of most of our current backs and is not who i was bring up with my post.

but in recent years, Bell, Young, Hall, all of them playing in the 210lbs or lighter range were meant to be used in a more featured role and none had the necessary size to do it.

I enjoy that we're talking about a 5 lb difference here ROFL!

Fun fact: 7 out of the 10 all time rushing yards leaders were at 215ish or LESS. So...YAY having all our RBs above that! ::)

Northman
08-01-2009, 04:30 PM
He was well-liked in NY. My guess is that his lack of preparation came his last season with the Raiders. His first season, he had 1500+ combined yards.

Dude can bring it when he wants to. Nothing fancy, but I hope he's committed all season so we can watch him bowling over tired defenders in the 4th quarter.

Yea, Moss was pretty lazy in Oaktown as well. The city has a way of making just about anyone seem average or poor. But Moss has done better and performed better after leaving Oaktown so i expect the same from Jordan.

BroncoMan4ever
08-01-2009, 04:55 PM
I enjoy that we're talking about a 5 lb difference here ROFL!
Fun fact: 7 out of the 10 all time rushing yards leaders were at 215ish or LESS. So...YAY having all our RBs above that! ::)

fun fact, out of the top 10 all time rushing leaders, the only 1 to play in this era of football and weigh less than 215lbs is Marshall Faulk.
it is a bull**** fact to try and say some of the best ever were smaller than the 215lbs or more most feature backs in todays NFL need to be to sustain a full season, when during the time they played, all players were smaller than they are now.


also, on the most current list i could find, out of the 10 currently ACTIVE players with the most career rushing yards the only player on the list that weighs less than 215lbs is Warrick Dunn.

maher_tyler
08-01-2009, 08:23 PM
Not to mention if Quinn gets his stuff together and can play some we have 2 big bruising TE we can move around the LOS and help block in the run game.

I think our goal line O is gonna be pretty damn good this year...Graham, Sheff and Quinn!! Either we run it down their throats or a nice PA and use Sheff and Hillis as the recieving threats..could be a leathal combo down there on the goal line!!

maher_tyler
08-01-2009, 08:26 PM
Also, I think Sam Adams' performance from a couple years ago counters your "I am 100% correct in that small players look better until.....", comment.

Sam Adams clearly on the downside of his career..Sam Adams in his prime was a beast...

lex
08-01-2009, 08:28 PM
fluff

BroncoMan4ever
08-01-2009, 08:36 PM
I think our goal line O is gonna be pretty damn good this year...Graham, Sheff and Quinn!! Either we run it down their throats or a nice PA and use Sheff and Hillis as the recieving threats..could be a leathal combo down there on the goal line!!

i'd love if McDaniels could create a package to get Hillis, Graham, Scheff, Marshall and Quinn all on the field at the same time

just imagine the size and power that would come from that group. imagine DBs just getting ragdolled trying to bring these guys down.

Drek
08-01-2009, 08:59 PM
i'd love if McDaniels could create a package to get Hillis, Graham, Scheff, Marshall and Quinn all on the field at the same time

just imagine the size and power that would come from that group. imagine DBs just getting ragdolled trying to bring these guys down.

I'd be surprised if we don't see a formation with them all in at times.

I'd also be surprised if we don't see the occasional Larsen/Hillis backfield tandem, primarily in short yardage as well.