Good Morning, Broncos fans! The team returns to Dove Valley for three days of practice starting today, followed by the annual scrimmage at SAF@MH on Saturday.
Denver opens the regular season five weeks from tomorrow, with a chance to exact a small measure of revenge against Baltimore.
Of course, that will mark the return of Elvis Dumervil, who had an interesting thing to say about his transition from the Broncos to the Ravens in a brief interview with Greg Bedard of MMQB:
BEDARD: What’s different about this team and organization?
DUMERVIL: Man, we work. You can understand why they’re in it every year. They really put the work in. There’s not really any magic to it. From the meetings, even walkthrough at practice, we get a lot of reps. And it’s very competitive, and that brings the best out of you. You’ve got guys talking smack to each other, but pushing each other. That creates that chemistry when everyone is competing at a high level.
Through orange-colored glasses, this could be perceived as a shot at the Broncos and how they operate, but I don't necessarily see it as that.
That a team practices harder doesn't necessarily mean it practices better, but in Baltimore's case, it may contribute to their perennial status as one of the league's toughest and hardest hitting squads. More intense practices likely lead to more injuries in practice.
But when Elvis says "they're in it every year," he's not exaggerating in the least: the Ravens have made the playoffs in all five of John Harbaugh's seasons at the helm, and of course, won the Super Bowl last year with what was arguably the worst of those five teams (according to SRS, it's not even close).
None of this is to suggest that their practice habits are the reason the Ravens are always in the playoffs and won the Super Bowl last year. Talent, execution, and luck are surely much bigger factors.
September 5 won't be a referendum on how hard the Broncos and Ravens practice, as Elvis Dumervil perceives they do.
Still, these are some insightful comments from Elvis, and worth storing away.
Malik Jackson says the importance of consistency and accountability were the greatest lessons of his rookie season.
Ryan Clady says expectations for the team are a bit loftier than they were in 2012, which Benjamin Hochman sees as a good thing.
In his summary of camp to this point, Andrew Mason says Julius Thomas, Duke Ihenacho, and Sly Williams are on the rise, while Ronnie Hillman and Nate Irving are each showing vast improvement over 2012.
Hillman believes his blocking is far better than it was a year ago, but of course admits it's still a work in progress.
Rookie WR Tavarres King is drawing praise at Dove Valley, even though, as Jeff Legwold points out, he failed to reach either 50 catches or 1,000 yards in any season at Georgia (the horror!). Three more catches in 2011, or 50 more yards in 2012, would apparently have made all the difference in how the world perceives King (SR).
Irv Moss visits with the retiring Jim Saccomano, who stops just short of saying where his crucial W-L record ranks among PR flacks.
NFLN head Steve Bornstein will ride off into the sunset next spring.
Jason La Canfora sees a lack of receiving options for Alex Smith in Kansas City.
Pete Prisco has Denver atop his power rankings, despite their injuries at center and the looming suspension of Von Miller.
Inspired by Atlanta's Roddy White and Julio Jones, Chase Stuart looks at prolific receiving duos of the young-pup-and-crafty-veteran ilk.
Matt Waldman presents his thoughts on how the Patriots could utilize the Ultimate Teammate™.
Some Jolly Rancher candy led to a chipped tooth, missed practice, and root canal for Cowboys safety Barry Church.
While it's believable that Mike Shanahan doesn't use "the Twitter," his claim to not having an e-mail account is a bit far-fetched.
If this 70-year-old Packers fan isn't the greatest thing ever, then quite frankly, I don't know what is.
Bucky Brooks considers whether USC wideout Marquise Lee (no relation) is the nation's best college player.