Mike McCoy said earlier this offseason that he wants the offense to get back to its bruising roots — pounding the ball with the ground game.
But that’s not to say he’s not excited about the explosive options the team has in the passing game — particularly the two new tight ends the club picked up through the draft.
“These were two players that were very explosive — there are some things we want to do in the passing game with them,” McCoy told Broncos TV. “Julius (Thomas) obviously doesn’t have a whole lot of experience playing football, so there’s going to be a little bit of a learning curve for him. We’ll gradually work him into things and kind of find out what he can do. Then Virgil (Green) made a lot of plays up there in Nevada. Those are two explosive players that we’re looking forward to working with and kind of just molding them into our system. Gradually work them in, give them as much as they can handle and then as they pick up things, the more we’ll give them.”
Two players who didn’t have the luxury of gradually easing into the NFL are Zane Beadles and J.D. Walton, who started on the offensive line right away.
McCoy said he was impressed with their performances last season, and they’re only going to get better.
“You saw that last year — each week they got better and better as time went on,” he said. “Every game you play, you’re going to be that much better. They did a heck of a job for us last year, stepping into a tough situation as rookies, just jumping in there and playing right away.”
With the young talent the club has acquired in addition to talented veterans like Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney, McCoy said he expects “a fun, exciting offense for us” in 2011.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com