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Old 06-12-2009, 09:27 PM   #1
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DOVE VALLEY — Though most of the buzz through the media ranks on Friday morning was about the player who WASN’T at the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters, there was plenty of action going on with the players who were there.

Here’s a couple of notes and observations:

- Your first-team base defense throughout Friday’s workout: linemen Ryan McBean, Ronald Fields and Kenny Peterson; OLBs Tim Crowder and Robert Ayers; ILBs D.J. Williams and Andra Davis; DBs Champ Bailey, Andre Goodman, Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill. Second team: linemen Matthias Askew, Marcus Thomas and Nic Clemons; OLBs Darrell Reid and Elvis Dumervil; ILBs Mario Haggan and Louis Green; DBs Jack Williams, Alphonso Smith, Vernon Fox and Darcel McBath.

- The special teams units practiced onside kicks and pooch punts, and “gunners” on punt coverage, like Alphonso Smith and David Bruton, practiced downing the ball just short of the goal line. Kicker Matt Prater also hit two long field goals in a drill simulating the final seconds of a game.

- 2008 draft picks, corner Jack Williams and safety Josh Barrett, continue to practice with the first-team nickel defense. That package also included Dumervil at linebacker with Ayers, and Reid as a down lineman with Peterson. On one snap, Williams got to Kyle Orton on a corner blitz and swatted the ball out of the quarterback’s hand. 2007 draft picks Jarvis Moss and Crowder each played with the second-team nickel, and Crowder — lined up as a down lineman in that package — snagged an interception off Chris Simms.

- The team lined up briefly in a traditional I-formation, with LaMont Jordan at tailback and Peyton Hillis at fullback. Good to know they can do that, though I would be it will be a rare sight come September.

- I heard “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses coming from the practice field when I got out of my car an hour before practice started. Little did I know then it was a sign of things to come. In a welcome change (for me at least) from the previous regime, a full McDaniels practice includes plenty of music to simulate crowd noise. Friday’s playlist included “Eye of the Tiger”, “Crazy Train”, “Beat It”, “Born to Run”, “Live Your Life” and even the old “Monday Night Football” theme music.

- Right guard Chris Kuper was excused from practice to get married, and rookie Seth Olsen took all the first-team repetitions in his place. Kuper is one of the toughest players on the team (remember last year, when he played all training camp with a broken hand?), so it only made sense that his absence had something to do with his personal life. Kuper, like Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler, was part of the Broncos’ 2006 draft class, and a television reporter joking asked McDaniels after practice if Kuper, too, was holding out. “He might be nervous, but he’s not holding out,” McDaniels said, laughing.

The team will hold its final two practices of the offseason Saturday and Sunday.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/...odds-and-ends/

Tim Crowder playing first team on run downs and Dummerville on passing... interesting.
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:36 PM   #2
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Your first-team base defense throughout Friday’s workout: linemen Ryan McBean, Ronald Fields and Kenny Peterson; OLBs Tim Crowder and Robert Ayers; ILBs D.J. Williams and Andra Davis; DBs Champ Bailey, Andre Goodman, Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill.
Man i really think our D has a good shot this year...Just a Gut feeling
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"linemen Ryan McBean, Ronald Fields and Kenny Peterson; OLBs Tim Crowder and Robert Ayers; ILBs D.J. Williams and Andra Davis"

Good to know our base D is more 52 than 34... /wrists
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Wow. I know that it doesn't mean a whole lot this far out but interesting to hear that Crowder is even allowed to watch the first team!

Disappointing that Larsen isn't in the first or second team, nor WW
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Man i really think our D has a good shot this year...Just a Gut feeling
Lots of options with the hybrid DE/LBs. Ayers at LB on play than DE the next and shuffling doom in and out will save him from getting worn down.

I also have a feeling this unit is going to be good. That's why I'm not crying 4 wins like many have on here.
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Wow. I know that it doesn't mean a whole lot this far out but interesting to hear that Crowder is even allowed to watch the first team!

Disappointing that Larsen isn't in the first or second team, nor WW
Crowder — lined up as a down lineman in that package — snagged an interception off Chris Simms

Plus he intercepted Simms!
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
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Woot! Finally some football to focus on now that basketball and hockey are over!
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Also, while I might be reading more into it than I should, it sounds like Thomas is 2nd team NT?

If so, I wonder if that means there is little to no chance of seeing him on the field as a DE? I know that he's not a natural DE, but I kinda feel like he could excel in that position; esp. if he's not on the field as a NT.

Anyone know, what sort of rotation is normal for NT in this sort of scheme?
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:19 PM   #9
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Yeah I actually thought Thomas could have been a better DE than Kenny Peterson. I really think McBean might surpise people at the end position for some reason. Also I thought dumerville and reid were the starting outside linebackers. I haven't heard anything about Crowder but I guess no news is good news. Funny to see Barrett with first team in nickel, and it's also a good thing. I think he was the only decent safety we had last year.
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He's a Shanny guy, remember?
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Wow. I know that it doesn't mean a whole lot this far out but interesting to hear that Crowder is even allowed to watch the first team!

Disappointing that Larsen isn't in the first or second team, nor WW
WW is nursing an injury at the moment.
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Crowder playing again, wow wonder if he was in the doghouse with the previous coaches?
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- Right guard Chris Kuper was excused from practice to get married.


And all along I thought this was just a photoshop. Silly me.
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"linemen Ryan McBean, Ronald Fields and Kenny Peterson; OLBs Tim Crowder and Robert Ayers; ILBs D.J. Williams and Andra Davis"

Good to know our base D is more 52 than 34... /wrists
Ever watch a ravens game? Terrell Suggs and Jarrett Johnson were starting in the playoffs. A former DE and a former DT. It does play like a 5-2, thats kind of the point. Maybe we won't be blown off the ball this year. This is the point i was trying to make in another thread. In all this defensive turnover, our front seven got A LOT bigger.
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And all along I thought this was just a photoshop. Silly me.
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“He might be nervous, but he’s not holding out,” That's pretty funny, Coach.
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Crowder — lined up as a down lineman in that package — snagged an interception off Chris Simms

Plus he intercepted Simms!:rofl:
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Playing music to simulate crowd noise is a good idea.
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Crowder is a big guy with great straight line speed as evidenced by his fumble return against PIT for a TD 2 years ago--he could be VERY intriuging and a nice surprise........
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He's a Shanny guy, remember?
I don't know why I respond to this garbage, but in case you're remotely serious it should be pointed out that most of these guys are "Shanny guys".
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Crowder...--he could be VERY intriuging and a nice surprise........
And we could use a couple "nice surprises" on defense. We're long overdue. Let's hope.
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Isn't Elvis also nursing an injury?
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And we could use a couple "nice surprises" on defense. We're long overdue. Let's hope.
The D improvement will come from limiting big plays. It was pretty interesting to see DJ relaxed and loving his role in the new D. Dude was all smiles on local TV, joking around. DJ is very relaxed for some reason. What that means I don't know.
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