|09-21-2007, 04:52 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
Broncos Team Report
How CB Dre' Bly fared against the Raiders on Sunday was a microcosm of his career. In the third quarter, Oakland went after him in single coverage when Denver put on an all-out blitz, but the Raiders failed to connect. On the next snap, QB Josh McCown froze Bly with a pump fake, WR Jerry Porter got free on double move and caught a 46-yard touchdown. In the final seconds of regulation, again matched up one-on-one with Porter, Bly made a leaping interception to preserve a 17-17 tie. Bly will be tested often because All-Pro CB Champ Bailey is on the other side of the field, and he will be burned on occasion because he takes chances. But Bly also will make his share of big plays. . . .
Denver is trying to maximize RB Travis Henry's contributions as a receiver by using him as a checkdown option as well as a target on screens and shovel passes. Henry's career high in receptions is 43, with the Bills in 2002 -- he had 69 catches combined the next four seasons with the Bills and Titans. The biggest reason for the downturn was that those teams regularly replaced Henry on third downs; he is an every-down back with the Broncos. Henry has decent hands and is dangerous in the open field.
TE Nate Jackson has moved ahead of Tony Scheffler in the team's two-tight end package. Jackson, a converted wide receiver, has excellent hands and plays with a lot of energy. He's listed at 235 pounds, so he must rely on body positioning and quickness when blocking. Jackson has a good feel for the offense after being around it for five seasons. He also is one of the Broncos' core special teams players.
The Broncos' offense leads the NFL with 455.5 yards per game after the first two weeks, but it has just 38 points to show for it. Denver must be more productive when it gets closer to the goal line; it's just 3-for-7 in red zone efficiency. Henry and Co. have been unable to seal the deal inside the opponent's 10-yard line, which also was a nagging problem in 2006. Ill-timed penalties have hurt as the team has approached the opponent's 20.