The Broncos announced today that they have released CB Nate Jones & waived RB C.J. Gable, LB Braxton Kelley, LB Deron Mayo, G Shawn Murphy, T Curt Porter, and DE David Veikune. This brings the roster number to 80 players, and the deadline to reach the 53-man limit is Sep 3 at 6pm EDT. None of the cuts are big surprises, although Kelley had impressed throughout the preseason. Jones is the most significant player among those let go and was due to make $810K this season (the veteran minimum for players of his experience) and count for $1.06M against the salary cap; he had struggled mightily in camp and during preseason games. The release of Jones makes it that much more likely that Darcel McBath sticks on the final roster as the team's swingman between safety and corner. Expect the practice squad to be comprised of players released in final cuts - not the players waived today.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to Legwold, the Broncos expect to be without LB D.J. Williams (dislocated elbow) for the first two weeks of the season, although there's a chance he could return by Week 2. Unfortunately, he says there's also a chance that DT Brodrick Bunkley (knee sprain) could miss the opener against Darren McFadden and the Raiders. Obviously, the absence of Bunkley is not going to help Denver's cause in trying to prevent a repeat of their most recent matchups - the Raiders have ripped us for a total of 833 rushing yards over the past three games, and no that is not a typo. By higher math, that averages out to 277.7 yards per game on the ground. Hmm, time to try out some platelet rich plasma injection therapy on Bunkley's knee?
The IAOFM staff discuss the Denver Broncos' 23-20 preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks
Denver’s first possession is a penalty-laden three and out
TJ: The Seahawks have a rookie at RT - Miller and Doom should test him tonight
Doc: They tried Tyler Polumbus this year, I believe. Didn't work out.
TJ: Wow, just saw why Brandon Mebane was wanted in free agency - good push from him. Penalties galore on this opening drive. Is this the 1st preseason game or the 3rd? Penalties took them out of their game plan, clearly
Doug: As Ted would say, right off schedule. Nice coverage on that punt from Matt Willis, and another huge kick from Colquitt
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Last night's 23-20 victory (box score) over Seattle was about two things - the exceptional pass-rushing duo of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, and Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow's strengths and weaknesses encapsulated. The two defenders put on quite a show, combining for 3.5 sacks, six QB hits and three tackles for loss in just over two quarters of football as the defense held the Seahawks to 39 yards of total offense in the first half and just 183 yards overall. The extent of Von and Doom's dominance was likely magnified by the awful play of Seattle's starting tackles Tyler Polumbus and James Carpenter, but it's still cause for excitement.
The Denver defense decided to travel back in time tonight.
Their destination? The year 2005. You remember that year, don't you? It was the year the Broncos didn't allow a single yard on defense--or so it seemed.
The Broncos' first-team defense allowed the Seahawks only 39 yards in the first half tonight in their 23-20 victory. By the end of the 3rd quarter, that total had hardly increased.
Was that Al Wilson or Joe Mays out there tonight?
Okay, I won't get too carried away. The Broncos were playing the Seattle Seahawks; they were facing a young offensive line. It's the preseason.
Things won't always be this way. Will they?
Tonight, I'll dream dreams of Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil. There will be a stopwatch. It will start at 00:00. Three seconds later, Miller and Dumervil enter the picture.
The stopwatch explodes.
Enjoy the game, everyone! As expected, David Bruton, Demaryius Thomas, Marcus Thomas and Ty Warren are not dressing for the game. Go Broncos!
Denver had a pair of high-profile injuries two weeks ago, and confusion reigns as to what all these terms mean. I wanted to try and sort it all out for you. You might want to keep this one around - you’re likely to glance at it frequently in the coming months. I also want to sincerely thank Denny Clifford, MD (known around these parts as Ponderosa) for his help on the Western side of this piece - it’s always a pleasure for us to work and share information together, and Denny is without question one of medicine’s good eggs.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons gives these guidelines on their public site: Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference?
Good Morning, Broncos fans! As Legwold points out, tonight's game against Seattle will provide the best and last preseason barometer of where the team is at, as the starters will play into the third quarter and sit out next Thursday's finale at Arizona. Tim Tebow is expected to be the second QB into the game, while the Broncos are expected to cut 10 players before Monday's practice - so tonight will be the final audition for several players.
As always, we'll have an open thread here starting an hour before kickoff, TJ's peerless Gut Reactions after the game's conclusion, and a Chewing the Fat tomorrow.
Third-year TE Richard Quinn was released by the Broncos with an injury settlement just three days after clearing waivers and being placed on IR. The former Tar Heel had been considered Denver's starting TE until the team signed veterans Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario, and he suffered a knee injury two days prior to the Broncos' preseason opener at Dallas. Quinn's brief stint in Denver was a rough one, as his most memorable moment involved getting chewed out by then-head coach Josh McDaniels in last year's regular season opener after the TE forgot his assignment and cost the team a timeout.
Happy Friday, friends. It’s that busy time of the month for me again, so my goal is to provide maximum value over minimum length today. Whenever I’m faced with that challenge, I tend to fall back to technical football, because there’s not really anything for me to research, nor is there a particularly exhaustive case to be laid out, since it’s not an opinion. Thus shall it be today.
One of Doug’s friends, a youth football coach in NJ named Rob Arciero, asked if we could write about the technical aspects of QB drops at some point. I decided to make “some point” today. We’re a customer-focused website, after all.
When I was married, I went through this period of teaching my ex-wife about football, and she taught me about her favorite thing, cosmetics. The end result is that I now know 10 times more about cosmetics than your typical heterosexual man, but I don’t know how well the football instruction took with her. I bring this up not to brag on my vast knowledge of the product lines at MAC, but because I vividly remember her asking me once how come TV guys always say that QBs always take pass drops that are an odd number of steps. That was a very good observation by her, and it lent itself to a good teaching point, which I’ll now share with you.