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Old 05-28-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Tony Scheffler has no beef with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels and insists he's on board even after the team traded his good buddy, Jay Cutler.

Any friction that might have existed dissipated after a recent chat with his head coach.

Scheffler and McDaniels sat down to discuss the tight end's role with the team. The conversation was cathartic.

"Everything's fine," Scheffler said Thursday after the third day of passing camp. "It's not about me. It's not about any individual on this team right now. We're really focused on the team and moving forward. I think we're doing a lot of good things."

There were rumors swirling in the offseason that Denver was shopping Scheffler, not sure how he would fit into the new, intricate offense McDaniels was implementing. The meeting with McDaniels staunched those.

As for frayed feelings, there are none.

"Water off a duck's back move forward and move to the next day," said Scheffler, who caught 40 passes for 645 yards and three touchdowns last season. "You can't really have hurt feelings in this league or else you'll get left behind in a hurry."

These days, McDaniels is envisioning a big role for his reliable receiving tight end, who's looks slimmer and sleeker.

"Tony's a very, very highly skilled player," McDaniels said. "He can do a lot of things. He can run, he can catch, he can block. We're going to take advantage of every skill that he has. He's made a good impression on our team here."

McDaniels admits he's never coached a tight end quite like Scheffler, one with the ability to stretch the field with a combination of speed and athleticism.

"Tony is probably the most skilled pass-receiving tight end that I've had an opportunity to be around," McDaniels said. "That's a weapon for us that we can move around on the field. We're going to try to feature him in that role."

If Scheffler can just stay healthy. That's been the knock on Scheffler, who missed three games with a groin injury last season and was bothered by a broken foot before the 2007 season.

"The whole hurt label is kind of overrated with me," he said. "I've only missed four games in three years, if you really look at it. It's frustrating, don't get me wrong, but at the same time it's something you've got to battle through and learn from. I think I've done that. It makes you really appreciate being on the field and being out there with the guys."

Scheffler and Cutler formed quite the connection after the two were taken in the same draft class. Scheffler was a frequent target for the strong-armed quarterback when Cutler found himself in a jam.

However, that came to a halt when Cutler was traded to the Bears in the offseason after deciding he didn't want to play for McDaniels.

Scheffler and Cutler remain close, frequently texting and talking.

"I'm sure Jay is going to have a lot of success, a ton of success, in Chicago," Scheffler said.

McDaniels understands the loyalty.

"I'm sure there were quite a few players that had relationships with Jay," McDaniels said. "But they've done a great job of saying, 'You know what? This is our team now, these are our quarterbacks.'"

Those quarterbacks would be Chris Simms and Kyle Orton, who are in a hotly contested tussle to land Cutler's spot. McDaniels prefers to wait and see who gains the upper hand through minicamps.

"I think the (players) have embraced both Chris and I," said Orton, who was acquired as part of the Cutler deal. "We've come in here, worked hard and pretty much kept our mouths shut and tried to improve every day."

So far, Scheffler likes what he sees from both of them.

"We've got two pretty darn good quarterbacks," he said.

Scheffler's unsure what his precise role will be, only that he's hoping to find himself locked up in coverage by a linebacker.

"Those are the matchups I've got to win," Scheffler said. "There's a lot of weapons on the field, so when your number is called you've got to step up and make a play or else you don't know when the next one's going to come."
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:43 PM   #2
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"You can't really have hurt feelings in this league or else you'll get left behind in a hurry."

He should Twitter that to his buddy Jay...
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:27 PM   #3
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good read...

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McDummy will end up trading him for a 5th and then turn around and trade our 1st for another long snapper.

STFU!!

And this stuff about raw hide and feeding pigs. Man I need a new tractor.
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Old 05-28-2009, 08:52 PM   #5
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Awesome. Good luck Tony, Josh and Jay. I hope they all have success.
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A sure sign that Hillis & Scheff will be gone by August.....I heard on the light rail McD tilted his head the wrong way when he was quoted....And he may have cut his eyes to the left also. OH NOES!!!!
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OMG, tell me he didn't cut his eyes to the left. NOT THE Fing LEFT!!!
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:06 PM   #8
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These days, McDaniels is envisioning a big role for his reliable receiving tight end, who's looks slimmer and sleeker.

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McDaniels admits he's never coached a tight end quite like Scheffler, one with the ability to stretch the field with a combination of speed and athleticism.

"Tony is probably the most skilled pass-receiving tight end that I've had an opportunity to be around," McDaniels said. "That's a weapon for us that we can move around on the field. We're going to try to feature him in that role."

I have a feeling he's going to wind up at WR by the end of the year, or at least playing there about half the time. I don't see any other way to get 3 TE's playing time, and he's the only one who can swing out wide.

A red zone offense with 6'5" and 6'4" receivers and Royal in the slot is interesting to say the least.
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:45 PM   #9
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"You can't really have hurt feelings in this league or else you'll get left behind in a hurry."

He should Twitter that to his buddy Jay...
Actually, Jay can. In case you werent aware, Chicago was one of the two teams he wanted to go to.
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:14 PM   #10
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A sure sign that Hillis & Scheff will be gone by August.....I heard on the light rail McD tilted his head the wrong way when he was quoted....And he may have cut his eyes to the left also. OH NOES!!!!
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Old 05-28-2009, 10:23 PM   #11
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I have a feeling he's going to wind up at WR by the end of the year, or at least playing there about half the time. I don't see any other way to get 3 TE's playing time, and he's the only one who can swing out wide.

A red zone offense with 6'5" and 6'4" receivers and Royal in the slot is interesting to say the least.
i'd love that offense.

we have so many weapons it almost isn't fair. we may be fielding an offense with as many as 9 legit receiving options(WRs, TEs and RBs) with as many as 5 of them on the field at once.

we could very well field an offense that has too many weapons to be stopped.
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I have a feeling he's going to wind up at WR by the end of the year, or at least playing there about half the time. I don't see any other way to get 3 TE's playing time, and he's the only one who can swing out wide.

A red zone offense with 6'5" and 6'4" receivers and Royal in the slot is interesting to say the least.
And a red zone line up with Marshall, Scheff, Moreno. Hillis and Royal ....

or Marshall, Scheff, Moreno, Royal & Stokley/Gaffney ...

or the power formation of Graham, Quinn, Scheff/Marshall, Moreno & Hillis

Lots of fun weapons this year!
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McDummy will end up trading him for a 5th and then turn around and trade our 1st for another long snapper.
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Zona, that one flew over you head it appears. The rest of my post should have clued you in.
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Good to hear. Hope they both mean it.
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"Everything's fine," Scheffler said Thursday after the third day of passing camp. "It's not about me. It's not about any individual on this team right now. We're really focused on the team and moving forward. I think we're doing a lot of good things."

It's unfortunate his old buddy just didn't seem to get it. TS > JC
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A sure sign that Hillis & Scheff will be gone by August.....I heard on the light rail McD tilted his head the wrong way when he was quoted....And he may have cut his eyes to the left also. OH NOES!!!!
Did you notice the rhythmic blinking? A SURE sign.
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"Everything's fine," Scheffler said Thursday after the third day of passing camp. "It's not about me. It's not about any individual on this team right now. We're really focused on the team and moving forward. I think we're doing a lot of good things."

It's unfortunate his old buddy just didn't seem to get it. TS > JC
What do you expect him to say? "I'm losing my place in the offense and this team sucks"

Dude wants to keep his job. He, unlike Cutler has no leverage to get traded where he wants.

I can't wait for the fluff to go away .... Their really won't be any awnsers until the first preseason game.
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Scheffler and Cutler remain close, frequently texting and talking.
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A sure sign that Hillis & Scheff will be gone by August.....I heard on the light rail McD tilted his head the wrong way when he was quoted....And he may have cut his eyes to the left also. OH NOES!!!!
weeerrreee dooooooommmed!!! DOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEDDDDD!!!!!!!!!!!1111 1!!!!11111!!!!!
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Like everything else these days....."we'll see"
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OMG, tell me he didn't cut his eyes to the left. NOT THE Fing LEFT!!!
I think I'm being made fun of here for some comments I made during the jay debacle, or am I being too arrogant? Anyway, I was correct. Body language tells it all, there's no controlling it.
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What do you expect him to say? "I'm losing my place in the offense and this team sucks"

Dude wants to keep his job. He, unlike Cutler has no leverage to get traded where he wants.

I can't wait for the fluff to go away .... Their really won't be any awnsers until the first preseason game.
He could say nothing. Unlike Jay Cutler, who turned his back on his teammates.
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Unlike Jay Cutler, who turned his back on his teammates.
I am just curious doesn't the support thing go both ways? How many of Jay's team mates offered a single word of support to him in the first few weeks of news breaking out when media was portraying him as the 'anit-team' primadonna/crybaby?
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