|08-03-2007, 06:55 AM||#1|
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The Broncos remain convinced that new RB Travis Henry will be able to carry a heavy workload because they have the desire to give him the ball ad nauseum, and Henry is embracing that workhorse role. Henry twice has carried the ball at least 325 times in a season, slightly less than the yearly workload of Terrell Davis in his prime with Denver. The biggest question is whether Henry can hold up physically to the pounding, given his hard running style, and whether QB Jay Cutler can produce enough in the passing game to open up the run. Henry could crack 1,500 yards if those factors align properly. ...
Jim Bates has opted to roam the sidelines in his first season as the Broncos' defensive boss. Bates had operated from the press box high above the field for all of his five seasons in Miami until he became interim coach in 2005. He liked being able to gauge the body language of players up close and the ability to immediately confer with veteran players when the scheme broke down or to get feedback on potential tweaks that could produce big plays. Bob Slowik, who oversees the secondary, will primarily relay big-picture information from the press level down to Bates on the field. It's the first time Denver's chief play-caller on defense will be on the field since Greg Robinson's exit as coordinator after the 2000 season.
NEWCOMER REPORT: Jarvis Moss, the team's No. 1 draft pick, may be a year away from being an every-down player. He's changed his diet in an attempt to bulk up to the 260-pound range prior to the season. But he remains lanky and slim and will have to get even heavier, and stronger, to become a three-down force. Moss' speed is unquestioned. On a couple occasions during minicamps, he made the opposing left tackle appear to be stuck in quicksand as he showed a great burst off the snap. Moss' speed will be put to good use immediately on obvious passing downs this season in the nickel pass-rush. Pressuring the quarterback has been a Denver bugaboo, but they now have a pair of fast ends when coupled with second-year pro Elvis Dumervil who should give opponents fits with their length coupled with a scheme that aligns them wide and forces opposing tackles to play in space.
PLAYBOOK UPDATE: One of the reasons CB Champ Bailey has had so much success over the last couple seasons, aside from his obvious talent, has been the way he's been aligned. Bailey preferred to play about 10 yards off the line of scrimmage. That way, he could easily come up in run support, but more importantly, it allowed him to read the quarterback's body language in the pocket for a split second before locking on his receiver or dropping into his zone responsibilities. And Bailey's instincts are at the top of his profession. Under new defensive boss Jim Bates, Bailey will have more press-coverage responsibilities. But the Broncos also are cognizant of not messing too much with a good thing and will cater to the cornerback's desire to leave him in space. Bailey will play man-to-man frequently, something he did earlier in his career in Washington, but Denver in certain instances will allow Bailey to remain in his comfort zone off the ball.
INSIDE DISH: The Broncos have pursued Kansas City S Greg Wesley for most of the offseason but the Chiefs, for now, have opted not to make the veteran available. Something still could materialize, with Denver possessing some veteran surplus at defensive end, a K.C. position of need, and Broncos S Sam Brandon now likely out for the year with a lingering knee problem. But it appears not only are the Chiefs hesitant to deal with a division rival, they want to gauge the progress of second-year player Bernard Pollard in camp before parting with their insurance policy. Kansas City at one point asked for Denver nickel CB Domonique Foxworth and were quickly rebuffed.
|08-03-2007, 07:18 AM||#2|
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