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Old 07-03-2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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Jul 2, 10:15 pm EDT


Inside Slant

The Denver Broncos already lost quarterback Jay Cutler this offseason, so dealing another Pro Bowl offensive player is far from ideal. Receiver Brandon Marshall wants to be dealt, but the Broncos don’t appear in a rush to accommodate that wish.


That could lead to more drama for a team that has had its share this offseason. Marshall could hold out of training camp, creating a distraction.


Marshall would also fall behind in learning the new offense and working with new quarterback Kyle Orton, which would hurt the team on the field. Marshall hasn’t practiced at all this offseason because of hip surgery.


Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said he’s willing to go with the receivers that are willing to play for him, which he might have to do if Marshall digs in and doesn’t report to the Broncos for a while.


Offseason Standout: Tight end Tony Scheffler started his offseason wondering what his role was with the team. As OTA practices went on, it became very apparent that McDaniels will find a big role for him. The Patriots weren’t tight-end friendly with McDaniels calling plays, but Scheffler is the kind of talent McDaniels has to utilize. He is fast and has great hands, and is a matchup problem for most teams. Also, Scheffler had a healthy offseason, and could have a breakout year if he avoids injuries this season.


Lineup Watch: The Broncos are set in the middle of the defense with Andra Davis and D.J. Williams holding the inside linebacker spots. On the outside, it’s a little tougher to project, especially since the team decided to move on without Boss Bailey(notes), who was coming off major knee surgery and was released.


Most of the best options - Elvis Dumervil(notes), Darrell Reid(notes), Tim Crowder(notes) and rookie Robert Ayers(notes) - are natural 4-3 defensive linemen making the adjustment to playing standing up. Ayers spent most of the latter part of the minicamp practices at outside linebacker and not end, but the coaching staff plans to use him in both spots.


Rookie Impressions: While Knowshon Moreno was running behind LaMont Jordan and Correll Buckhalter for the offseason practices, the Broncos will use the 12th overall pick of the draft often this season. His exact role is uncertain - McDaniels liked to use a full committee in New England with many backs providing different looks - but he has shown he has the ability to play in the NFL. As soon as he shows a veteran-like command of the playbook, he should move quickly up the depth chart.


Injury Watch: Although all eyes are on Marshall and his potential holdout, he is still recovering from hip surgery. The team hopes he would be physically ready to go by the start of training camp, but they haven’t had a chance to test it out. If the team decides not to trade Marshall, and Marshall comes to camp, his health will bear watching.


Contract To Watch: The main issue Denver has before training camp will be with Marshall, but the Broncos also have two first-round picks to sign. Denver has never had two first-round picks in team history. There will be a challenge to get Moreno and Ayers both signed before the first practices. The Broncos have had a great track record getting their draft picks into camp on time, but that was under the old regime.


Notes, Quotes

• Denver claimed receiver C.J. Jones off waivers. Jones spent time with Cleveland in 2003 and with New England in 2008, with current Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. The team could be stocking up on depth in light of Brandon Marshall’s potential training camp holdout.


• Broncos center Casey Wiegmann is one of four NFL players to play for Ed Thomas, the legendary Iowa high school football coach at Aplington-Parkersburg who was tragically shot and killed on June 24. Wiegmann released a statement through the team talking about Thomas.


“I was extremely saddened to hear the news this morning about the passing of Coach Ed Thomas,” Wiegmann said. “He was a great Christian man. I learned a lot from him, both as a player and a man.”


• Spencer Larsen, who played fullback and linebacker for the Broncos last season, started the offseason getting a lot of reps at linebacker, but spent much of the latter part of the team’s camps at fullback. He should provide depth on both sides of the ball for the Broncos.


• Jarvis Moss, the team’s 2007 first-round pick, has been working at outside linebacker but didn’t get much practice time with the first two units this offseason. Moss, a natural 4-3 end, might need to make an impression in training camp to get off the roster bubble.


Quote To Note: “I cannot begin to count the number of lives he affected in this community. I know I carry many of the lessons I learned from him with me every day. My family and I pray for Coach Thomas’ family.” - Wiegmann, on the shooting of Thomas, his high-school coach.


Strategy And Personnel

The Broncos signed the first of their 10 draft picks, TCU center Blake Schlueter, a seventh-round pick, in early June. Aside from trying to come to a resolution on Brandon Marshall’s situation, the team’s biggest issue before training camp will be hammering out deals with all of their draft picks.


Denver will also keep an eye on the waiver wire. The Broncos claimed receiver C.J. Jones off waivers on June 24, showing they’re still working to reshape the roster. Denver would have to consider any help on the defensive line or at linebacker, but impact players aren’t easy to find on the street during the summer.






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Old 07-03-2009, 11:39 AM   #2
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Broncos Team Report

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Jul 2, 10:15 pm EDT


Inside Slant

The Denver Broncos already lost quarterback Jay Cutler this offseason, so dealing another Pro Bowl offensive player is far from ideal. Receiver Brandon Marshall wants to be dealt, but the Broncos don’t appear in a rush to accommodate that wish.


That could lead to more drama for a team that has had its share this offseason. Marshall could hold out of training camp, creating a distraction.


Marshall would also fall behind in learning the new offense and working with new quarterback Kyle Orton, which would hurt the team on the field. Marshall hasn’t practiced at all this offseason because of hip surgery.


Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said he’s willing to go with the receivers that are willing to play for him, which he might have to do if Marshall digs in and doesn’t report to the Broncos for a while.


Offseason Standout: Tight end Tony Scheffler started his offseason wondering what his role was with the team. As OTA practices went on, it became very apparent that McDaniels will find a big role for him. The Patriots weren’t tight-end friendly with McDaniels calling plays, but Scheffler is the kind of talent McDaniels has to utilize. He is fast and has great hands, and is a matchup problem for most teams. Also, Scheffler had a healthy offseason, and could have a breakout year if he avoids injuries this season.


Lineup Watch: The Broncos are set in the middle of the defense with Andra Davis and D.J. Williams holding the inside linebacker spots. On the outside, it’s a little tougher to project, especially since the team decided to move on without Boss Bailey(notes), who was coming off major knee surgery and was released.


Most of the best options - Elvis Dumervil(notes), Darrell Reid(notes), Tim Crowder(notes) and rookie Robert Ayers(notes) - are natural 4-3 defensive linemen making the adjustment to playing standing up. Ayers spent most of the latter part of the minicamp practices at outside linebacker and not end, but the coaching staff plans to use him in both spots.


Rookie Impressions: While Knowshon Moreno was running behind LaMont Jordan and Correll Buckhalter for the offseason practices, the Broncos will use the 12th overall pick of the draft often this season. His exact role is uncertain - McDaniels liked to use a full committee in New England with many backs providing different looks - but he has shown he has the ability to play in the NFL. As soon as he shows a veteran-like command of the playbook, he should move quickly up the depth chart.


Injury Watch: Although all eyes are on Marshall and his potential holdout, he is still recovering from hip surgery. The team hopes he would be physically ready to go by the start of training camp, but they haven’t had a chance to test it out. If the team decides not to trade Marshall, and Marshall comes to camp, his health will bear watching.


Contract To Watch: The main issue Denver has before training camp will be with Marshall, but the Broncos also have two first-round picks to sign. Denver has never had two first-round picks in team history. There will be a challenge to get Moreno and Ayers both signed before the first practices. The Broncos have had a great track record getting their draft picks into camp on time, but that was under the old regime.


Notes, Quotes

• Denver claimed receiver C.J. Jones off waivers. Jones spent time with Cleveland in 2003 and with New England in 2008, with current Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. The team could be stocking up on depth in light of Brandon Marshall’s potential training camp holdout.


• Broncos center Casey Wiegmann is one of four NFL players to play for Ed Thomas, the legendary Iowa high school football coach at Aplington-Parkersburg who was tragically shot and killed on June 24. Wiegmann released a statement through the team talking about Thomas.


“I was extremely saddened to hear the news this morning about the passing of Coach Ed Thomas,” Wiegmann said. “He was a great Christian man. I learned a lot from him, both as a player and a man.”


• Spencer Larsen, who played fullback and linebacker for the Broncos last season, started the offseason getting a lot of reps at linebacker, but spent much of the latter part of the team’s camps at fullback. He should provide depth on both sides of the ball for the Broncos.


• Jarvis Moss, the team’s 2007 first-round pick, has been working at outside linebacker but didn’t get much practice time with the first two units this offseason. Moss, a natural 4-3 end, might need to make an impression in training camp to get off the roster bubble.


Quote To Note: “I cannot begin to count the number of lives he affected in this community. I know I carry many of the lessons I learned from him with me every day. My family and I pray for Coach Thomas’ family.” - Wiegmann, on the shooting of Thomas, his high-school coach.


Strategy And Personnel

The Broncos signed the first of their 10 draft picks, TCU center Blake Schlueter, a seventh-round pick, in early June. Aside from trying to come to a resolution on Brandon Marshall’s situation, the team’s biggest issue before training camp will be hammering out deals with all of their draft picks.


Denver will also keep an eye on the waiver wire. The Broncos claimed receiver C.J. Jones off waivers on June 24, showing they’re still working to reshape the roster. Denver would have to consider any help on the defensive line or at linebacker, but impact players aren’t easy to find on the street during the summer.








I guess he bought into the team first system, good for him...GO SCHEFF
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Old 07-03-2009, 11:44 AM   #3
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Tony Scheffler better get playing time, he is just to good to sit on the bench
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:18 PM   #4
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I think Scheff is in for a hell of a year. i think this is the season he breaks out, and becomes known as an elite TE and not just a good TE

also, i find it sad that moss can't even get notice without the pads on. he is finally playing the 3-4 OLB position that when coming out of college he was supposedly more suited for. Crowder made a little bit of an impression, enough that he is starting on running downs for the defense.

i know it isn't even TC yet, but i hate it that Moss can't even get notice in shorts. i think it is officially time to hit him with the BUST tag.
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Old 07-03-2009, 12:27 PM   #5
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I swear this it the exact same thing they had last week, did they change anything at all?
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