Will Denver Get Their Quarterback?

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By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

 

Let’s talk about the quarterback situation.  If quarterback Kirk Cousins were to take a leap of faith and sign with Denver while under construction, keeping QB Trevor Siemian would be a smart move. He’s super cheap, has experience and knows the new playbook. Plus, no fan would spend their life on Twitter trashing Cousins to get Siemian. This would be the lone exception to keep him.  If Denver drafts a quarterback, there is no way you want Siemian around.  If the rookie fails, the fans will be calling for Siemian.  Hopefully, Denver has learned from the past.  As long as Trevor Siemian is on the team, the fans are always going to want him under center.

Which leads to the current starting QB, Paxton Lynch. You read that right because that’s how they ended the season. While 99% of the Denver media and fans had him buried and gone, Ian Rappaport just dashed their hopes and dreams by spending the day strongly hinting he’s staying. In which case, no way you keep Siemian.

Gambling on Lynch is actually their best bet because with him they can draft a big playmaker in the first round of the draft.  Then they can sign some big talent, keep talent and fill every hole. They could be a balanced team like Minnesota and Jacksonville. He actually would give them the best chance to win because for the first time he has the same coach, scheme, and playbook. This gives him a leg up.  Plus he’ll have a team of weapons since the Broncos wouldn’t have put all their money in bringing in a new QB.

With Cousins, they will be severely limited in free agency. They would need him to play so well, he can cover up the holes, which he wasn’t able to do in Washington. The team won’t be completely fixed because you can only do so much in the draft. A rookie will spend more time losing than winning because that’s what most of them do. Whether they go with Lynch or a rookie, you don’t want Siemian, you want a journeyman like QBs Ryan Fitzpatrick or Josh McCown. Since I don’t see Cousins in Denver, Siemian is gone.

With Kansas City trading away cornerback Marcus Peters and QB Alex Smith, it appears they are also doing some reloading which would be the perfect time for Denver to do the same.   By the way, Kansas City head coach Andy Reid wanted Lynch, it’s partly why Elway moved up in the draft.  Elway wanted to cut off Arizona who was going to take Lynch, plus keep him away from Kansas City and Dallas. Because of that, Reid learned and moved up to get QB Patrick Mahomes. Makes sense for Denver to do the same.  Rebuild and use the QB that Reid wanted.

 

Things are starting to move in the NFL as we head into the combine.  Can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

 

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2018 Denver Broncos Moves: All Talk, No Action

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

In Broncos Country, the word is Rumors. Not Fleetwood Mac’s album, but the non-stop speculation from “sources”. So much talk, so little action.

Sources say defensive back Aqib Talib, wide receiver  Emmanuel Sanders, and quarterback Trevor Siemian are on the trading block. In addition, names like running back C.J. Anderson, outside linebacker Brandon Marshall and linebacker Todd Davis have also been rumored. Add defensive end Shane Ray to that list and you get the picture.

WR Cody Latimer is a free agent, as are WRs Bennie Fowler and Jordan Taylor. Tight end Virgil Green is one as well. WR Demaryius Thomas is due 1.1 to keep his contract going. Center Matt Paradis is a restricted free agent. Seems like I just listed 1/2 our team.

Here’s What I think: Sanders is on the block because he had a problem in Texas and the team didn’t know about it. A veteran like him should know to contact your team and that everything always comes out, so not contacting the team says a lot. He could be kept to entice a guy like QB Kirk Cousins; however, he and Thomas are aging and always hurt.

Talib is rumored to be available because the thought is Denver needs cap space for Cousins and that cornerbacks Bradley Roby and Brendan Langley can replace him. Talib has lost a step and I’m still mad at him because of the Week 17 loss.  I disagree on Cousins in Denver and that the other two can replace Aqib.  With that said, if Denver wants to bring in some fresh blood in a rebuild, I can see this, but not because of Cousins or that Roby is better.

Anderson returning seems like a dismal chance because of his age and in a run-first system, he barely got a 1,000 yards.  The offensive line was actually pretty good as run graters. Not to mention, they have two young backs they need to get going and most likely will draft a third.

Trading Shane Ray is ridiculous. He was injured last season and when he came back late in the year, he wasn’t 100%. I say they sign OLB Shaquil Barrett and keep Ray.  As far as the interior linebackers, I hope Denver drafts LSU LB Tremaine Edmunds. Marshall has too much dead money to cut him and a team won’t pick it up in a trade because of age and injury history. Not to mention, he was the lead tackler.  This will leave Davis on the hot seat.

 

Soon enough, all this talk will turn into action, and it’ll be fun to see what happens!

 

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The moves and silence from the Jaguars

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole  

The Jacksonville Jaguars’ were active on the first day of free agency.

General Manager, Dave Caldwell, made a few moves today. He signed their longest-tenured player and fan favorite, Marcedes Lewis, to a contract option. The $3.5 million deal is for only one year. In his 12 seasons with the Jaguars, he has caught 33 touchdowns, five of which came this season.

Jacksonville also picked up options for guard Tyler Shatley and tackle Josh Wells, both backup offensive linemen. Considering head coach Doug Marrone was a former offensive line guy himself, that’s a good vote of confidence. Wells had three starts when Cam Robinson and Jermey Parnell were hurt.

Moves that weren’t made: offering options for big names like WR Marqise Lee, WR Allen Robinson, LB Paul “Puz” Posluszny, CB Aaron Colvin. The prevailing thought is Robinson and Colvin will be picked up.

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2018 Senior Bowl – Day 3 practice – South

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

As I mentioned in the North piece, the two teams practice differently, with the Texans leaning heavier on Special Teams play. This is a good thing because of the 100 guys here, maybe 40 go top three rounds, the rest will need an extra reason to be drafted over the younger guys who left school early because their talents was seen as better.

This mean for guys on the fringe, special teams is their bread and butter, a way in. Even if it’s only the practice squad, it’s a way to get into the NFL and be noticed by coaches.

 

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Senior Bowl: Day 2 practice impressions

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

 

What stood out today is how much better the wide receivers for the South were over the North. You would think the better group of QBs from the North would help them, but that wasn’t the case today.

The players spent less time on the field giving interviews that on Tuesday, so it was tougher to grab them.

DE Andrew Brown showed off his quickness; he’s a shade under 6’4” so his height could be a concern, however, he has an 82” wingspan. Brown would like to play 3 technique in a 4-3 Defense. He started off playing LT before moving over to defense because he thought that position was boring, he wanted more action. Julius Peppers was his athletic hero.

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2018 Senior Bowl – Day 3 practice – North Team

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

North went first and as we continued to see, the Broncos and Texans run things differently. The North spent a good amount of time having the linebackers knock the ball out, while the defensive backs focused on stripping the ball and recovering them.

In addition, when the players did stretching, several coaches walked though watching, including Head Coach Vance Joseph. This shows the athletes that coaches care about this, but also lets them know who’s dogging and who’s not.

Some notes on players from the North: Miami’s Braxton Berrios didn’t have a good day while New Mexico State’s Jaleel Scott and especially Boise State’s Cedric Wilson had very good days. I don’t think Wilson dropped the entire practice.

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Previewing an old school match-up of Jaguars and Patriots

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By Julie Dixon//@ABroncoNole

 

The New England Patriots under head coach Bill Belichick, don’t lose in the postseason in Foxborough. This record has a chance to be broken when Belichick meets up against his old nemesis, Tom Coughlin.

Teams, coaches, and players try to outsmart Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. This won’t be one of those games. Doug Marrone and Coughlin believe in beating you with talent, playing simple, but effective smash mouth football.

The game will hinge, not on quarterback Blake Bortles, but on Jacksonville’s front five: defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, defensive tackles Malik Jackson, and  Marcell Dareus and OLB Dante Fowler. Brady will run if he has to, he will rush a yard or two on a QB sneak, but mostly he stays in the pocket and it’s up to those men listed above to push the pocket, snap after snap. Then hit him. And again. #Sacksonville doesn’t even need to sack him, just abuse him.

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Duuuuvaaaal Strikes Again in a 45-42 Thriller

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By Julie Dixon //@ABroncoNole

Jacksonville 45 – Pittsburgh 42

During the 4th quarter in Heinz Stadium, chants of, DUUUUVAAAAL could be heard unabated in the AFC Divisional playoff game. While the score seems as if it was a close contest, not even Pittsburgh Steelers fans believed it as the camera showed large sections of empty yellow seats.

From their touchdown drive on their first possession to a game-sealing field goal kick by kicker Josh Lambo, the Jacksonville Jaguars shocked Steelers Nation. The Jags weren’t pretty and once again, lost most stats like first downs 22-28, yards 378-544, yards per play 6.2-7.0 and total plays, 61-78.

Jacksonville did win the stats that matter: third downs 8-14-57% 7-16-44%, 4th down 100% and 5 compared to 3 red zone trips with scores.

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Preview: Jaguars vs Steelers

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

The Jacksonville Jaguars, a hard-luck team for a decade, are readying for round two in Pittsburgh. On their last outing, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger turned the ball over five times. The final score was 30-9. Can they do it, again? Be the upset winner in these playoffs?

Steelers fans will be quick to point out that the interceptions were flukes, and despite the Jags getting the ball back so many times, they didn’t put up many points. They’ll say the game was close until the second half. Finally, they’ll say that minus an 80 yard bust out touchdown, running back Leonard Fournette was kept under 100 yards.

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Jaguars Vs Bills. The Matchup

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By Julie Dixon // @ABroncoNole

 

These two teams haven’t been to a playoff game in so long, kids have been born and are in high school. For a Jags home playoff game? They graduated.  Two teams new to the playoff with quarterbacks who also haven’t been in one.  It’s going to be either a mess or a sign of good times ahead for the under 30 guys.

Head coach Doug Marrone is coaching his old team. That should make a difference, but teams change a lot in a couple years.  What will definitely have an effect, is the fact that running back LeSean McCoy is far from 100%. That hurts not only their run game but their passing ability. He’s their second-leading pass catcher.   They’re losing a day of practice and the Jags don’t have to change a thing.

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