Here we are in rainy Cincinnati, awaiting the first preseason game of the Broncos’ 2010 campaign.
It’s a bit of déjà vu, as this vantage point in the press box is exactly where we were watching Brandon Stokley’s Immaculate Deflection a little less than a year ago.
Speaking of Stokley, he’s already on the field warming up along with a handful of Broncos including Tim Tebow, Eddie Royal and D’Anthony Batiste.
The field is emptying out as the players stay out of the heavy rain for a few more minutes.
The Broncos are wearing their home blue jerseys, just like they did in the season opener last year in Cincinnati. The home team chooses which jerseys to wear, so apparently the Bengals enjoy wearing white.
5:50 p.m. EDT: Matt Prater, Britton Colquitt and Lonie Paxton are on the field working on field goals. Nathan Overbay is shadowing Paxton, apparently working as a backup long snapper. The three quarterbacks were next on the field, followed by returners — Syd’Quan Thompson, Cassius Vaughn, Alphonso Smith, Eddie Royal and Perrish Cox. A handful of young pass-catchers — Patrick Carter, Matthew Willis and Marquez Branson — are now catching passes from Tebow.
Royal just got a greeting from Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who trotted over to the third-year receiver.
6:05 p.m. EDT: The rain has passed and more position groups have made their way onto the field at Paul Brown Stadium. Receivers, running backs, tight ends and defensive backs are now running through drills.
6:12 p.m. EDT: The team just met for a huddle near the tunnel, and now the squad is running through warmups between the end zone and 25-yard line.
Below are a few pictures from the field, courtesy of Eric Detweiler.
6:16 p.m. EDT: Brian Dawkins, LenDale White, Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter, Spencer Larsen, D.J. Williams, Dustin Fry, Chris Kuper, Jamal Williams, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Elvis Dumervil and Jarvis Moss are not expected to play in tonight’s game. Williams, however, is in his jersey with the rest of the team, so there’s a possibility he’ll find the field. We’ll keep you updated.
For the Bengals, Antonio Bryant — who still hasn’t been assigned a jersey number — Maurice Purify, Brandon Ghee, Fui Vakapuna, Brian Leonard, Chris Crocker, Tom Nelson, Jonathan Luigs, Otis Hudson, Andre Smith and Robert Geathers aren’t expected to suit up.
6:30 p.m. EDT: Update — Jamal Williams is in fact expected to play tonight. Replace him with Darrell Reid in the list of players who will not suit up.
6:34 p.m. EDT: Both teams have left the field, and President and CEO Pat Bowlen is making his way back through the tunnel as well. With less than 30 minutes to go until kickoff, pregame ceremonies should be getting underway soon.
6:53 p.m. EDT: The Bengals cheerleaders — or Ben-gals — are lined up outside the Cincinnati tunnel. Look for the teams to make their way onto the field momentarily. Paxton, Prater and Colquitt are already on the field, as are their Bengals counterparts.
6:55 p.m. EDT: Here we go, the Broncos have made their way onto the field to a chorus of boos. The offensive starters are being announced. Russ Hochstein is set to play right guard, and Lance Ball will get the first-team reps at running back. Other than that, it’s the typical first-team lineup we’ve seen throughout training camp. The big screen had Zane Beadles listed at left tackle and D’Anthony Batiste at left guard, even though the two have typically lined up at guard and tackle, respectively. So we’ll see what the actual starting lineup is when the game kicks off in mere minutes.
6:59 p.m. EDT: The Bengals’ offense is being introduced, and the National Anthem is about to get started. We will have a live blog running throughout the game, so be sure to check out the First Half Live Blog, which will be posted in just a couple minutes.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com