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Old 08-07-2009, 06:41 AM   #1
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Default Denver Post : Timing everything for McBean & Battle @ WR

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Imagine what it's like to be a member of the Broncos' defensive line, and hearing people say how the Broncos didn't get anybody for their defensive line this year.

Ryan McBean may be the most unlikely Broncos starter after spending his first two NFL seasons on practice squads. But he's a somebody.

"Regardless if you're drafted in the first round or whatever, you've got to do the same thing I've got to do," McBean said. "It's still about striving to survive. You've got no-name guys who have been to multiple Pro Bowls. You've got no-name defenses who have gone as far as to the Super Bowl. It's the demeanor of the guys how they want to take it, how serious the job is to them."

Don't think of McBean as a practice squad

player-turned-starter. Think of him as a 2007 fourth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who happen to possess the present-day blueprint of the 3-4 defense.
At 6-feet-5, 299 pounds, McBean came from Oklahoma State as a prototype, 5-technique defensive end for the 3-4. The Broncos' Elvis Dumervil and Brandon Marshall were fourth-round picks. One reason McBean is not nearly as well known is because he suffered a broken right foot in March 2008 that led to his right ankle swelling every day in training camp last year.

Cut by the Steelers at the end of camp last year and signed the next day by the Broncos, McBean got another huge break, this time a fortunate one, when Josh McDaniels became the new head coach and implemented the 3-4 defensive system.

"It's about timing sometimes," McBean said. "I was blessed with great timing."



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Position battle

With Brandon Marshall still trying to work through hip pain he has not practiced since leaving the field Sunday morning the Broncos' other wide receivers continue to battle to place themselves on the depth chart.

Eddie Royal is the team's No. 1 receiver at this point in both deed and alignment. The offense fits him, given his ability to run precision routes, and he has flashed big plays daily.

Every time he has the chance, Josh McDaniels extols the virtues of Jabar Gaffney's ability to play any wide receiver spot in the offense, so he figures to get plenty of playing time as well.

Brandon Lloyd is a wild card at this point. A late signee in free agency, he has shown the ability to separate and go get the ball, especially in the scoring zone.

Combine that with the fact Brandon Stokley already is working as the third wide receiver when the first-team offense goes three wide, that the Broncos used a draft pick on Kenny McKinley and that Chad Jackson a former second-round pick has played in McDaniels' offense before, playing time and roster spots are going to be hard to come by.

And the deciding factor to break almost all ties will be discipline who runs the routes the way they are supposed to be run.

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