|07-16-2007, 01:34 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Earlier last week, the Denver Broncos’ minicamp came and went quickly. The haste was assisted by the fact that the camp was cut off to two days, as their now traditional bowling competition continued. Most of the details can be summed up on Andrew Mason’s blog on the team’s official site (Day 1 and Day 2), so I’ll just highlight some of my reactions to the events.
–Most disturbing is the fact that Brandon Marshall is still being caught by the injury bug. He pulled a quadriceps muscle, just after rebounding from a groin pull earlier in the year. You might also recall that Marshall injured the MCL in his knee in last year’s first preseason game in Detroit. That injury pulled him out of the rest of preseason, and he had to play catch-up before making some big plays in the 2006 regular season.
Marshall has a lot expected out of him this year, as he is assumed to carry a starting role with Rod Smith still recovering from his hip injury. It wouldn’t hurt if the conditioners and Marshall got together before training camp to go over how to get those muscles loose.
–Meanwhile, good news seems to be touted over the recovery of Brandon Stokley, with Mike Shanahan hopeful for 100% healed status by training camp. If Stokley can once again assume the role of the reliable #3 that he was with the Colts, it will greatly ease the offense should either Marshall or Smith continue to ail. Meanwhile, Stokley took some time to commend the progress of Jay Cutler, even going as far to make some comparisons to his old teammate at quarterback, Peyton Manning. That’s definitely ambitious expectations considering Manning’s arguably the best QB in the game currently.
–Ebenezer Ekuban working out at defensive tackle—interesting. Seems like Jim Bates and Bill Johnson will try to squeeze out whatever talent is possible in who they have to work with in the quest to see if they are a fit for the team. Then again, the smaller Elvis Dumervil got time at tackle last season, so perhaps anything is possible.
–Finally, as you can see on Mason’s blog, Javon Walker is sporting a mohawk. I’m sure plenty of you may see a connection to the “fro-hawk” that Darrent Williams wore last year against the Ravens. At the very least, the playful look is a good indication that he is healing mentally. Furthermore, I think he’s outdone Chad Johnson, who attempted to don the Simon Phoenix look around this time last year…
|07-16-2007, 01:40 AM||#2|
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Join Date: May 2001
Gotta love a "recap" written by someone who wasn't there, but is just repeating what those who were present said.
|07-16-2007, 01:43 AM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Earth Division
Pretty sure Ekuban played DT on third downs last season, and Marshall had a PCL injury in pre-season last year.