If you like short pieces to read, this is one. If you left the country for a month-long walkabout, don’t worry, you didn’t miss anything. The 2018 Broncos look exactly like the 2017 Broncos except they released a starting cornerback and signed a third string one. They also signed an expensive quarterback, who has to prove himself.
That’s it, kiddies. Seriously.
Well, I lied. They also allowed free agent wide receiver Bennie Fowler and their former second-round pick WR Cody Latimerto walk. Either Elway believes this team only needed quarterback Case Keenum, or he has a ton of transactions up his sleeve.
Can 2017 be erased from my mind, please? Not sure anyone could have predicted the rotten outcome of this season, unless they were me screaming about what not to do for the last two years. Being “right” has been no consolation.
What John Elway does with the quarterback will either be his downfall or his saving grace. He’s a God in Broncos Country, but he’s sliding. Outside of signing Peyton Manning, he’s botched the handling of this position since 2012 and the disasters of his poor decisions (or allowing his coaches to make them) are now front and center. Continue reading “The State of the Denver Broncos”→
Denver Broncos general manager and head coach gave interviews. Concerning what Denver personnel said, it was almost exactly what Vance Joseph and John Elway have been saying for a month. Little was shared that hasn’t been heard before.
Elway wants to address all needs through Free Agency and draft depth, and the future. This obviously won’t be the case for all needs due to price. Or a class deep in some positions. A position like running back will not be an every down back picked up in FA.
He verbalized his displeasure with the Offensive Line. Also suggested that at the right price, he’d be interested in bringing LT Russell Okung back. Based on the weak class and price of tackles, this is something I’d love to see. Adding some continuity to the OL is a good thing.
He mentioned letting Sylvester Williams test the market, but said he was an asset. He indicated an interest in bringing DeMarcus Ware back.
As far as the quarterback situation, he gave PR answers that depending on where you stand, was good, bad, status quo or a bunch of hooha. My vote is PR hooha. I didn’t take much away.
Depending on who he spoke with it went from looking at any veteran available and who would help them win, to wanting to stick with who they have. He mentioned that they have to weigh the downside of what a vet QB would do to the growth of his young guys and to the team down the road. He also said that he thinks Paxton Lynch is ‘that guy’. He also said that if he wasn’t ready to go, he didn’t want him to go.
Which of course begs the question: how do you know if he’s ready without spending all the offseason working with the ones? If he brings in Tony Romo, that takes away the reps with the ones. If he waits to determine he needs Romo, it’ll be too late. A catch-22.
This leaves Trevor Siemian the odd man out if Romo is brought in. Why? Because no matter what some may tell themselves, being a first draft pick matters. Elway isn’t going to want Lynch as the third string guy. Making Siemian it, isn’t best for him, either. This sets up a trade. He also said he was happy with his two young guys. So, while Elway talks in circles, it won’t be until next week for a real answer.
Vance Joseph gave the same lock step answers.
Last evening teams interviewed players. Today, we know Denver spoke with RBs, FSU Dalvin Cook, Samje Perine, Toledo Kareem Hunt, Stanford Christian McCaffrey, D’Onta Foreman, Tennessee Alvin Kamara, and Wyoming Brian Hill.
They also spoke with OT Ramzcyk, OG, Dan Feeney. Tonight they will meet Alabama OT Cam Robinson, USC Zack Banner and Utah Garrett Bolles. Plus, Guard Isaac Isiata.
Each team is allowed to interview up to 60 players in 15 minute segments.
Some notes on the bench press: the most was Perine at 30 reps (225 pounds) and least was McCaffrey at 10. Since Denver fans don’t care what Christian does in anything at the combine, this very low number won’t hurt him as it would others.
One thing for readers to keep an eye on for OTs is arm length, not wingspan. An OT needs 34″ or more. Anything shorter starts becoming an issue.
*Note* Cam Robinson will not be bench pressing due to shoulder issue.