From today's Monday Morning Quarterback Column -
g. Jay Cutler completed his first 12 throws against Dallas. Matt Schaub hit on 12 of his first 14. The thing about preseason football is those could mean everything and those could mean nothing. For instance, Favre was given diverse and daunting formations in the 20 plays he had to know for Saturday night, but no throw he made was a challenging deep ball. "I should be able to complete those,'' he said. And you never know whether the defense is showing very much in the preseason either. So I wouldn't be feeling like you've got to think of changing your preseason opinion of Cutler or Schaub just yet.
I know a lot of people don't watch offensive line play that closely, but our guy Ryan Clady put a flat-out whipping on DeMarcus Ware on Saturday. I just saw the video for the first time a little while ago, and he was every bit quick enough to stay in front of him on speed rushes, and strong enough to handle him on bull rushes. The only time Ware got past him was when he ducked way inside to the A gap after initially stepping to Clady's outside shoulder. The play was a 3 step drop, and Cutler had it off long before Ware was close to him, but he got one on Clady there. Otherwise it was all #78. I'm very pleased with this, as a subset of my pleasure from the whole game.
A few years ago, ESPN implemented the idea of hiring an independent ombudsman to periodically review and criticize the journalistic practices at the Worldwide Leader. Really, it was an excellent idea, due to their dual roles of reporters and content providers, and I think some improvement has happened since then.
Jordan Beck (6-foot-2, 233 pounds, DOB Apr 18, 1983 - Mount Herman, CA) is currently fighting it out for a slot as a 2nd string LB and special teams player. Information on him is fairly sketchy, but he is a third-year pro who was waived by the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 2, 2007 (Atlanta cut him after he lost his job to Tony Taylor, an undrafted rookie.) and we picked him up shortly after. He joined the Falcons as a third-round pick out of Cal Poly (SLO, CA) in the 2005 draft and was a surprise pick at #26 of the 3rd round, 90th overall. Unfortunately, he missed his 1st season with a broken foot. He played in 15 games last season for the Broncos and made 13 special teams tackles which was good for 2nd on the team behind Jamie Winborn even though he only played in 10 games. Beck is essentially a special teams ace who brings a lot to that part of the field.
I think there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the Broncos future, both near-term and long-term. Following are a starting 11 of them, to provide some positive thinking in the wake of the Marshall suspension.
For those of us who staunchly follow the Broncos, Training Camp can be a time of giddy highs and crashing lows, trust and hope followed by doubt and ill ease. Eddie Royal looks to be the true real deal, but will McCree and Barrett revive the safeties? Is the O line solid, or are our defenders too easily held back? Can Moss defend the run - and will Boss prove out? It can strain our emotional sinews.
Josh Barrett S Pick 220 Round 7
(6'1 ", 223, 4.349) | ARIZONA STATE
Regarded by the ASU staff as one of the finest safeties to ever play at the university. Has good range and can cover the deep half of the field. Reads quarterback's eyes, shows adequate ball skills and flashes big-play ability. Big enough to line up in the box, aggressive and can make plays at the line of scrimmage. Flashes the ability to shed blocks quickly. Always seems to be around the ball at the end of the play. Is a reliable open field tackler that flashes the ability to deliver the big hit. Times the blitz well. Is a ball hawk and tries to strip the ball when in a trail position. Very good intangibles. Plays the game hard and shows good football intelligence. Quarterback of the secondary and leader of the defense.
NFL.com said: It is fitting that he hopes to one day become a dentist, as he spent his last four years drilling any receiver that dared to come into his area. With his 4.35 clocking in the 40-yard dash, he is the Sun Devils' fastest player to ever wear a defensive uniform.
Training camp is the time for getting your feet under you. For tight end Tony Scheffler, that’s meant literally. Hampered by a foot injury last year, Scheffler is showing the camp and the coaches what he can be like when he’s completely healthy. "Tony Scheffler! Made it through a practice today, congratulations!" teased Cutler, referring to Scheffler’s injury of the first day of last year’s camp. Scheffler still felt winded on the 1st day of this year’s camp, but was encouraged that the foot was pain free. By the second day he was on everyone’s highlight reel. The third year tight end was also unstoppable on 4-on-4 drills.
Patriotic Obsession: Chargers Enter '08 season with One Goal in Mind
...(AJ) Smith even swung a deal this year with the team he's chasing, giving up a fifth-rounder this year and a second-round pick next year to New England in order to take LSU's multi-purpose running back Jacob Hester in the third round. The idea was in part to give the Patriots defense, with its aging set of linebackers, another weapon to defend
The article lays out AJ Smith's obsession with catching the Pats. Could that obsession have lead to wasting a pick or over-paying for Hester?
ESPN.com is at it again. Their Scouts, Inc group has been chronically underrating our guys of late, and here is a real gem.