|08-15-2005, 05:49 PM||#1|
It's all over...
Join Date: Aug 2003
Happy Daynes are here again?
DENVER — Ron Dayne refuses to read too much into one preseason game.
Sure, the Denver Broncos running back rushed for 56 yards on 11 carries during the team’s 20-14 win over the Houston Texans on Saturday night, but those numbers are hollow.
Preseason stats mean very little. They’re not worth remembering.
Dayne knows that better than anyone. Last year, as a member of the New York Giants, Dayne rushed for 463 yards and scored four touchdowns in four preseason games. He averaged 6.6 yards a carry.
Those kind of credentials should’ve earned him mega-playing time, right? Um, no. Dayne earned nothing more than a great seat on the bench as he backed up Tiki Barber. Dayne only had 52 carries for the Giants last year.
“It was frustrating,”he said.
So, Dayne won’t put any stock in what he does during this year’s preseason schedule. All he cares about is earning the attention of the person who makes the decisions, Denver coach Mike Shanahan.
And he’s done just that. Shanahan was impressed with Dayne’s preseason opener.
“Dayne stood out,” said Shanahan. “He looked good. He made some nice runs.”
He was the only running back to look remotely efficient. Mike Anderson (six carries, 12 yards) and Tatum Bell (eight carries, 11 yards) never found their strides.
Dayne’s best run of the night was a scamper off the right end for a 23-yard gain. He hasn’t had a run like that since a 30-yard scurry against Minnesota on Nov. 10, 2002.
Not a bad night’s work for a running back listed at fourth on the Broncos’ depth chart. Dayne is behind Anderson, Bell and Quentin Griffin, who didn’t play Saturday due to a sore knee.
So now, maybe the Broncos reconsider the order? Maybe the leading tailback role is officially open for competition? Dayne doesn’t really care about that.
“They’re great backs,” Dayne said. “We’ll all get some playing time. Whenever it’s my time to get in there and play, I’m going to do my best. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to step up.”
That’s something he’s never really had — a chance. Dayne, who was drafted with the 11th pick of the 2000 draft, struggled during his tenure in New York.
In fact, Dayne wished he could erase his time in Gotham City from his mind. The memories were about as pleasant as those as going to an orthodontist.
It started out well, too. The 1999 Heisman Trophy winner out of Wisconsin began with a 770-yard season his rookie year. That was the second-highest total by a Giants rookie.
However, his carries slowly evaporated. He had 180 in 2001, 125 in 2002 and a big zero in 2002. The writing was on the wall — he was unwanted. “Ron Done” one tabloid once said about him. When Denver offered Dayne a contract, a restricted free agent, the Giants didn’t even consider matching it.
Denver’s the perfect place for a fresh start. After all, the Broncos’ running style should be more to his liking. He doesn’t need to juke and slash. The Broncos run a similar scheme to the one he ran with the Badgers, where he finished with a Division I regular season record of 6,397 yards. Dayne can find a hole and hit it. The runs are already choreographed.
“Being able to get into the system and knowing the backs do so well in this system, I can’t complain about nothing,” Dayne said. “Coach said he’d give me an opportunity to play and help the team. I said, ‘Well, if you give me an opportunity, I’m going to do what I got to do to help the team.’”
So far, he’s held up his end of the deal.
But it’s only preseason, and Dayne doesn’t put much faith in how he does this time of year.
Bad call: Denver rookie cornerback Darrent Williams was questioning the pass interference call on him in the locker room after the game. The official said he held Houston wide receiver Corey Bradford, and the ball was spotted on the 1-yard line during the first quarter.
“I didn’t grab him or nothing,” Williams said. “I didn’t grab anything.”
No matter, the defense came up with a goal-line stand.
Van Pelt fan: Count receiver Rod Smith among those who were impressed with backup quarterback Brad-lee Van Pelt’s performance Saturday.
“He has heart,” Smith said. “He made a lot of good plays out there.
Quite an honor: After his 92-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, receiver Todd Devoe received kudos from Jerry Rice.
“That’s my all-time favorite player, so him complimenting me is better than anyone else,” Devoe said.
|08-15-2005, 05:54 PM||#3|
RIP Darrent Williams
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Glendale, AZ
I hope Dayne makes the roster and has some kind of impact for us. He just fits so well with our system. I know Tatum has that speed and quickness to bring it to the house every play, but what we need is consistency at the RB postion so Jake can be a better QB and that will allow us to sell the PA even better.
|08-15-2005, 05:58 PM||#4|
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: The Backside of the Internet
Pre-season is an evaluation period where fans get to see how the guys are doing in their training camps.
I like it. Its like a Khan report, but with video.
|08-15-2005, 06:47 PM||#5|
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|08-16-2005, 02:40 PM||#6|
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Join Date: Mar 2004
I never really thought Dayne's game transferred to the NFL level, but has he ever had the chance to find out.
I do think he has all the tools to be a solid backup and a capable starter. I will not be disappointed if he makes the roster.
|08-16-2005, 05:22 PM||#7|
Oreo Lucian Rockefeller
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Birmingham, AL
Dayne is the same thing as Tj Duckett he just had a crappy OL & stayed overweight
he slimmed down for Broncos so his running style should allow his game to transfer sorta like Mike Anderson really
that's the problem with some big backs, they wanna run their man over & maul instead of using a hole or cutback to avoid contact til your well down the field(glad he finally gets it though)