Good Morning, Broncos fans! Tuesday is tryout day across the league. Most of the time, we hear about them post-fact.
But because Brandon McManus clanged a gimme off the upright on Sunday, word of today's auditionees (fairly) prompted a Breaking News email from the DP.
McManus is under fire, and deservedly so. He's missed four kicks already, although let's not forget that Denver has lost only one close game this year, and McManus made his lone attempt that day in Seattle.
Briefs: Julius Thomas (ankle) could return for Broncos vs. Chiefs
A common gripe Broncos fans have with head coach John Fox is he leans on the conservative side. But Fox made two against-the-odds decisions on one late drive Sunday that turned the game in the Broncos’ favor…It was the final play of the third quarter, his team was down, 28-17 and facing fourth-and-2 on the Miami 41. Fox had his offense go for it rather than punt and play field position…Then after finishing the drive with a touchdown to make it 28-23, Fox went for the two-point conversion, even though there was more than 14 minutes remaining.
Going against convention (and Phil Simms) is not the same as going "against the odds." Rather, letting Peyton Manning & Co. do their thing is almost always the wise choice, and for that, we applaud John Fox.
ReFo: Dolphins @ Broncos, Week 12
After a week under the microscope, the Broncos’ offensive line responded to their criticism as they set the tone in the running game and kept Manning clean all afternoon…All five starters graded positively while backup tackle Paul Cornick played 18 snaps at tight end and posted a +1.5 grade of his own. It was an impressive effort as the line dominated from start to finish.
Signature Stat: No offensive lineman was charged with surrendering a pressure.
More than anything, the Broncos needed a solid performance from their offensive line. What they got from them was spectacular. Their reward? Heightened expectations against another killer defensive line, at Arrowhead, on national television.
If we're all being totally honest, we're never disappointed when a key opposing player is unable to play against our team due to injury.
Rooting for or celebrating an injury is definitely in poor taste, and suggests a complete loss of perspective. But, you know Packers fans were excited when Terrell Davis left SB 32 with his migraine, and who could blame them?
That said, we really wish Chiefs All-Pro safety Eric Berry were available for Sunday's game at Arrowhead.
According to Mike Klis, the Broncos will work out Jay Feely and Connor Barth on Tuesday. Brandon McManus has struggled on field goals, making nine and missing four on the season.
His misses have come from 33, 41, 53, and 53 yards, while his longest make was from 44. McManus's 33-yard miss after halftime on Sunday caromed off the right upright and prevented the Broncos from cutting Miami's lead to one.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver came up with a huge, potentially season-saving win on Sunday, but let's be real here: Odell Beckham, Jr. is the story today.
On Sunday night, the rookie Giants wideout made perhaps the greatest catch any of us will ever see, for a diving one-handed 43-yard touchdown.
Sticks and stones may break their bones, but names will give them motivation.
For the two weeks—actually, let’s be honest, it’s been the entire year—the Broncos offensive line has heard the criticisms. They have no cohesion. They aren’t physical enough. They’re out of position.
From left to right tackle—all of them girlie men.
For a week, at least, they came to pump Broncos fans up, piling up 201 yards on the ground.
Peyton Manning threw four touchdown passes, including three to Demaryius Thomas.
Despite that gaudiness, C.J. Anderson and Emmanuel Sanders were Denver's biggest stars of the day, amassing a whopping 323 yards from scrimmage.
Inactives: Broncos - Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman, Julius Thomas, Tony Carter, Chris Clark, Marvin Austin, Michael Schofield
Dolphins - CB Cortland Finnegan, LB Jonathan Freeny, TE Charles Clay, DT Anthony Johnson, G Nate Garner, CB Jalil Brown, OT Billy Turner