This week, the US Government confirmed the existence of Area 51.
It means that weird stuff does happen, not just in the proximity of a Skip Bayless tweet.
Tonight, the Broncos saw just how absurd things can get: a kickoff returned against them for a touchdown, a fumble recovery returned the length of the field for a touchdown, and that doesn’t include the freak injuries to key players.
It got so odd, the Broncos should be happy aliens didn’t land on the fifty-yard line and take Von Miller captive for four weeks of testing.
For now, let’s just hope the Broncos get back to Denver, lick their wounds, get to the next game, and leave the strange probing to Roger Goodell.
I’ve been waiting an entire offseason to write this, but here goes:
Rahim Moore, you’re off the hook. In fact, you’re already victorious in my eyes.
How so? Given that none of us—the organization, the players, the fans—can change the results of last year’s playoff loss, my definition of victory evolved once preseason began.
And once I saw Rahim Moore take the field tonight and play (even just a few snaps) with the ferocity I’d hoped to see from him, I knew he’d already won.
The Broncos posted their first depth chart for the 2013 season on Sunday.
As usual, there are a few mild surprises, but nothing that really conflicts with what we've been hearing of players' performances thus far in camp.
Take a peek at the depth chart, and then we'll make a few observations:
Chill. Just chill the f#$k out.
Everyone is overreacting to the news that the Broncos could lose Von Miller for four games. Putting aside the moral judgments for a moment, let's look at this from a football perspective.
The Broncos won, on average, by 12 points last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.