Gut Reactions

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Broncos sign Quentin Jammer

The Denver Broncos have signed DB Quentin Jammer, formerly of the San Diego Chargers.  While he's pretty exclusively played CB in his career, he seems to have slowed down a bit, and he struggled to turn and run with the faster outside receivers in the NFL.  

Mike Florio (who knows nothing about the technical aspects of football) speculated that this might mean Champ Bailey is moving to safety.  Well, that's silly, because Bailey runs a lot better than Jammer does, and always has.  What this more likely means is that your boy TB finally got a matchup safety.

Doug is indisposed right now, watching the Mets beat up on those trifling-ass Yankees, but I'm sure he'll be along later to update this article with all kinds of newsy stuff.  As for me, I'll be writing some deeper analytical thoughts on it later this evening, and sharing them tomorrow.

Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Zac Dysert with pick #234

No, Chris Mortensen, Zac Dysert is not like John Elway.  Let's just calm the hell down.

Zac Dysert is a seventh-round draft pick for a reason.  Sure, the kid has a good arm and a quick release.  Sure, he's mobile and throws well on the run.  I'll even grant you that Dysert should have been drafted two or three rounds earlier.  In fact, the Broncos got a lot of value right here.

But he's got a long way to go before he's reading pro defenses and playing from under center. Hell, he's still got to go through Brock Osweiler.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Vinston Painter with pick #173

It's the sixth round, and this is the second Broncos pick I've not seen in action.  Again, I'm not coming out here and blowing smoke up your collective arses.

What I will say is that Doug has already given us the goods on Painter right here.

Clearly, Painter's performance at the combine caused teams to give him a look:

As expected, Painter put up strong numbers in the workouts. He ran a 4.95-second 40-yard dash, repped 225 pounds 32 times on the bench press and had a 30.5-inch vertical, numbers that put him in the top five among linemen in each category.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos to sign Shaun Phillips

Adam Schefter reported today that the Broncos are going to sign former San Diego pass rusher Shaun Phillips.  We've been speculating for a while here that Phillips may be in the mix for the Broncos, even if quietly.  The local media has been focused on Dwight Freeney and John Abraham, but they seem to have both priced themselves out of the market.

Phillips got a one-year deal for $1 million, with another $2 million available via incentives.  As far as what kind of player he is, I think we all know that he's the kind of guy you hate until he's on your team.  TJ had a great comparison of Phillips to Bill Romanowski.

Updated 10:25pm ET

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Tavarres King with pick #161

This shouldn't take long.  Peyton Manning will be stronger in 2013.  He's going to throw deep more often.  The Broncos need more help stretching the field.  

Outside of Demaryius Thomas, they don't have a lot of vertical separation (I'd argue Eric Decker can do it, but let's save that for another day).

Time to bring in another X wide receiver.  Time to bring in the King--Tavarres King.

King's specialty is getting vertical against SEC competition.  As Ted and I were talking about earlier, the SEC is like the minor leagues for the NFL.

If you can get vertical in the SEC, you can get vertical anywhere.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Quanterus Smith with pick #146

In the fifth round, you're looking for players to fill a specific niche.  Players at this stage are often one-trick ponies.

If that trick is rushing the passer, all the better.  In the case of the Broncos, they may have stolen a real player.

Everybody knows by now that Quanterus Smith was leading the nation in sacks before his knee injury last year.  He was as explosive as they come.  His speed rush off the edge and ability to dip under the tackles will remind you a bit of Von Miller.  And, despite the scouting reports to the contrary, he can use his hands to create some space to manuever.  His three-sack game against Alabama in 2012 was no fluke.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Kayvon Webster with pick #90

Sometimes you just have to be honest with your readers.

I've never seen Kayvon Webster play--not once.  Not one time.  And when that happens, you'd better not pretend like you know what the hell you're talking about.   We're not that kind of site.

But that's why Al Gore invented video.  So let's get to it--all of us on the fly.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Montee Ball with pick #58

Willis McGahee said it was coming--the Broncos drafting another running back to come in and take his job.

It happened a little earlier than most expected, but McGahee is going to have to fend off the NCAA's all-time leader in rushing TDs, Wisconsin's Montee Ball.

Ball doesn't blow me away--he's not as electric as most NFL running backs.  However, he's a solid runner.  He's quicker than he is fast; further, he's got a nice little jump cut and instincts for daylight.  Clearly, the guy has a feel for the end zone.  Of course, a lot of guys could find the end zone running behind Wisconsin's huge line.  

Ball comes with a lot of wear on the tires.  He plugged away so often in college, one wonders if he's got much left in the tank, even at the age of 22.  During his last two seasons at Wisconsin, Ball has averaged 332 carries.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos draft Sylvester Williams

After all these years, after all the whining I’ve done for the Broncos to pick a defensive tackle in the first round, they finally went and did it.

So you’d think I’d be excited as hell.

I'm only halfway there, and perhaps it's not because I'm so down on Sylveser Williams, as much as I was hoping the Broncos would move up and grab Star Lotulelei or Sharrif Floyd as they fell down the board.

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Gut Reaction: Broncos sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Happy Thursday, friends.  I was already in bed when news broke of the Broncos’ signing of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, so I wasn’t quite as on-the-spot as we’ve been the last couple days.  Hopefully, the novelty having worn off overnight doesn’t make this stale.

Rodgers-Cromartie is a tall (6-2), long, and fast (4.33 at the 2008 Combine) CB who is at his best (by far) in press man-to-man coverage.  He’s very good at using the sideline as an extra defender, and he’s difficult to beat over the top.  There really aren’t very many CBs in the NFL who have a better package of physical attributes and inherent talents.

The issues for DRC start when you ask him to play very much zone.  He tends to get a little bit lost, and his awareness of route combinations isn’t the greatest.  He’s also not the greatest (or most enthusiastic) tackler in the world. 

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