Week 1 is here. EverBank Field in Jacksonville is virtually empty, however, as fans haven’t yet started streaming into the seats. Then again, who can blame them — they’re probably hiding at the concession stands from the 90-plus degree weather and 70 percent humidity.
No players are warming up at the moment, but we just received the list of inactive Broncos:
Brady Quinn (third quarterback), Syd’Quan Thompson, Andre Brown, Darcel McBath, Eric Olsen, Ryan Harris, Chris Clark and Demaryius Thomas will not suit up for the season opener.
Since Quinn has been designated the third quarterback, that means Tim Tebow will be the backup in his first NFL game, a return to his hometown of Jacksonville.
For Jacksonville, DB Don Carey, DB Michael Coe, RS Scotty McGee, RB/KR Deji Karim, FB Brock Bolen, OT Jordan Black, DE Austen Lane and DT Landon Cohen are inactive.
11:54 a.m. EDT: Lonie Paxton, Britton Colquitt and Matt Prater are working on snapping, holding and kicking field goals, respectively. Their counterparts on the Jaguars are on the field as well. The rest of the teams remain indoors.
12:10 p.m. EDT: More Broncos and Jaguars have made their way onto the field, including Matthew Willis, Perrish Cox, Spencer Larsen, Eddie Royal, Cassius Vaughn and the three quarterbacks — Kyle Orton, Quinn and Tebow.
12:18 p.m. EDT: The entire Jaguars team is on the field stretching. A few more Broncos have made their way out of the tunnel, including Andre’ Goodman, Nate Jones, David Bruton and Champ Bailey.
12:23 p.m. EDT: Now the entire Broncos team — sporting all-white uniforms — have met in front of the tunnel for a giant huddle. The squad is now running through warmups in the end zone.
12:32 p.m. EDT: Here are a few pregame photos courtesy of Eric Detweiler, who braved the blazing sun in a suit.
12:45 p.m. EDT: Check out the DenverBroncos.com game center for the contest — http://www.denverbroncos.com/schedule-and-events/game/2010/regular1/
The Jaguars cheerleaders are on the field — looks like the teams will be introduced soon. The National Anthem will follow, then we’ll be ready to kick off the first game of the Broncos’ 2010 season. See you in the first half blog.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com