|08-22-2007, 04:50 PM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Broncos Team Report
The season-ending Achilles' injury suffered by DE Ebenezer Ekuban was a huge blow to Denver's front. Ekuban not only was starting on the weak side but was shifted inside to tackle on passing downs. Denver has numbers behind Ekuban but also questions. Tim Crowder may eventually wind up as his replacement, even though he's been practicing on the other side. He first has to battle back from an ankle injury. Jarvis Moss, in particular, and Elvis Dumervil also will get a look but each has to answer questions about their ability to anchor against the run. The biggest beneficiary could be Kenard Lang. He was signed last season to provide pass-rush help but ended up starting when Courtney Brown went down. Buried on the depth chart to start camp and a potential cut, he now could get significant playing time. The team also has the option of moving Alvin McKinley from tackle. He has played end in a 3-4 front previously with Cleveland. ...
In order to keep DT Sam Adams fresh, the Broncos are keeping the veteran in the weight room for a couple days and then making him practice. Adams has had knee problems previously and missed the first two weeks of camp last summer with Cincinnati before undergoing offseason knee surgery. He's expected to start and be a key cog in the run defense so they need him to hold up. But the expectation is that he'll only get about 25 plays per game.
NEWCOMER REPORT: CB Dre' Bly has flashed playmaking ability throughout camp. He has fluid hips, breaks quickly with receivers and has good recovery speed. And when the ball hits his hands, it usually stays there. His gambler's mentality has been evident. He'll fall for a double-move when set up properly and the route is run smoothly. But he wins more than he loses. The Broncos have run more zone coverages than might have been anticipated with Bly and Champ Bailey top man-to-man defenders, but he seems to have bought into the system. And when the Broncos do play press coverage, Bly relishes the challenge and is physical at the line of scrimmage.
PROBLEM SPOT: The Broncos are quickly losing depth at offensive tackle, so much so that TE Chad Mustard had to be converted to the position full-time. Third-round pick Ryan Harris had back surgery and will miss up to six weeks. It's the second time he has gone under the knife after having a herniated disk repaired the summer prior to his senior season at Notre Dame. He's now a candidate for injured reserve. RT Adam Meadows, once the top tackle backup, had moved into the starting lineup during a joint workout with Dallas but then was set back by a calf injury that left him on crutches. That means Erik Pears had to be reinserted into the starting lineup. Jacob Rogers is out with more knee problems that have dogged his career. And Matt Lepsis, coming off serious knee surgery, has battled a groin problem that has limited his practice time.