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Old 07-01-2009, 02:29 PM   #1
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The NFL's most heralded players are ones capable of making an impact with or without the ball.

Broncos rookie Richard Quinn is on course to join that club.

In college, the 6-foot-4 tight end established himself as a standout blocker. Head Coach Josh McDaniels saw something else when selecting him in the 2009 NFL Draft: soft hands.

"He didn't catch a lot of balls at (the University of) North Carolina, but that wasn't because he can't catch," McDaniels said. "They didn't use him that way very much in their system, in their scheme, but he showed very good hands during the course of the spring."

Along with those strong hands comes a strong head on his shoulders. The 22-year-old has made use of his first two months with the Broncos, soaking in as much knowledge as possible to prepare for his first pro season.

"I always try to pay attention to what the veteran guys are doing first so when it's time for me to go up, I know exactly what to do," Quinn said.

That shadowing process has been aided by the presence of established tight ends on the Broncos' roster. When searching for veteran advice, Quinn has three proven sources in Daniel Graham, Jeb Putzier and Tony Scheffler, who sport a combined 16 years of NFL experience.

To top it off, Graham has previous experience in McDaniels' system, which makes use of the multi-faceted skill set that the position requires.

"It's difficult for a tight end in this offense," Graham said. "We have to know so much, just like everybody else. But tight ends, we do so much -- in the blocking game, in the passing game -- so we have to know a lot. It's tough if you don't understand it."

Quinn has yet to experience that problem to date. Under the tutelage of Graham, he has pinpointed the intangibles that define strong pro tight ends -- knowing what to do at the line of scrimmage, being fast off the ball and measuring the right depth on passing routes.

Beyond fostering an early recognition of those skills, Graham has helped Quinn brew an equally important trait: confidence.

"It makes me feel very comfortable," Quinn said of Graham's help. "Going out on the field and when it comes for me to run a play, I'm feeling pretty confident. That's been a big help -- just having him give me those little words of advice and stuff like that to execute a play -- and things to work on."

While Quinn has confidence in his own skills, McDaniels has confidence in the rookie's role for the upcoming season. The coach believes he adds a new thread to an already diverse corps.

"He can catch the ball, he's got soft hands, we can move him, and he certainly can handle his own on the line as a blocker," McDaniels said. "But when you're going to use two and three tight end packages during the course of the season, you'd love to have three guys that you feel good about. To have three guys that can run block, pass block, catch passes in the passing game and make an impact at more than one thing, I think that's very valuable to us."

As for Quinn, he's nothing but ready for the start of camp -- the day when he can display the value of taking those extra steps.

"I feel like I'm getting there," he said. "I'm feeling pretty confident right now and I just want to keep that to help me transition into the phase of training camp."


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Old 07-01-2009, 02:33 PM   #2
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Weird. I was going to start a thread for this article as well. I wanted to call it "He Can't Catch". I guess if someone was using the search function, yours would be better. Oh well.
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:45 PM   #3
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2nd worst pick of the weekend.
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right, you will be saying that rev when we go jumbo on the goal line and start stuffing td's down peoples throats, or play action.

a pick like this will pay in spades every time we get down inside the 10....

flame away fanboy!
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right, you will be saying that rev when we go jumbo on the goal line and start stuffing td's down peoples throats, or play action.

a pick like this will pay in spades every time we get down inside the 10....

flame away fanboy!
I'd rather create match-up problems and have the defense defend every blade of redzone grass than "go jumbo", but okay.

Would've hated the pick even if it HADN'T necessitated a trade.

BUT at least he's not Bruton.
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Our redzone efficiency will be higher this year due to Quinn, at least 5 points. But you can b**** and moan all you want and make excuses for why he isn't an impact on our O.
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Our redzone efficiency will be higher this year due to Quinn, at least 5 points. But you can b**** and moan all you want and make excuses for why he isn't an impact on our O.
Honestly, you do know you're one of the top 5 dumbest people on the board, right?
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Yaaay! For our traded up, 2nd round, back-up TE!
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What's next? Stories about lineman using the sled, and how they are going to let the DL loose?
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I look for a much improved red zone scoring offense and Quinn's versatility to block and catch will be an asset. Not to mention a less predictable and more aggressive team offense with fewer red zone turnovers.
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I think Quinn will be a good player for us. I think this Bronco team is going to be more powerful and tough than the finesse garbage we've been rolling out there the past several years.
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Definitely. I would love to build based off the Steelers and Giants mold.
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If our track record on predictions hold true on the board Smith and Quinn will be the 2 best picks lOL!!!
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I think Quinn will be a good player for us. I think this Bronco team is going to be more powerful and tough than the finesse garbage we've been rolling out there the past several years.
Yeah we may not be a ton more talented on defense this yr but at least we are a little bigger.

Not to mention Hillis, Quinn, Graham are a pretty fearsome 3 headed blocking monster. All big and strong with 2 being lil pups with lots of bashing still in there system.

I think Quinn and Hillis blocking could open it up for Graham to punish people in the passing game a bit more by catching more balls.
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If Broncos can go big, sit Scheff sometimes, play Quinn and Graham, that could pose problems for small linebackers.
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If Broncos have 2 huge TE, and a fast shifty one, that could pose nightmare matchup problems not knowing what broncos will gameplan.

There is a huge difference in what it takes to guard Graham, over Sheff.

Graham can maul a smaller guy, sheff can outrun a bigger guy. So you need 2 defenders to think TE if they are both on the field.

Football is alot about just trying to find stuff that makes players do what they don't like. IE make a burner go inside, make a big guy try to turn the corner, make a CB tackle a bigger player, make a big safety try and run with a fast wr and so on and so on.

I really do feel Mcdaniels will be like shanny in that regard and that is why we picked him. You think Spags would be able to do that stuff as well? I don't agree.
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Waaah waah waaah waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Why are you such a little crybaby b****? Seriously, grow a pair and stop crying about every god damn thing that happens this offseason, you sound like a chargers fan with all your b****ing and moaning.
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Waaah waah waaah waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Why are you such a little crybaby b****? Seriously, grow a pair and stop crying about every god damn thing that happens this offseason, you sound like a chargers fan with all your b****ing and moaning.


Do you realize I don't even have to waste a heartbeat of energy coming up with a clever reply when you exemplify stupidity so well on your own? Please keep it coming. You're making my day.
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