The fourth preseason game usually provides backups with an opportunity to make a statement, especially at the quarterback position, where the Broncos have had a solid competition for reps leading up to the start of the regular season.
Head Coach John Fox didn’t reveal who would start tomorrow night in Arizona against the Cardinals after his team practiced this afternoon in shells, but he described what he’ll be looking for when one of his quarterbacks takes the field.
“Lead the team — I think No. 1, first and foremost, that’s the job of the quarterback,” Fox said. “We’ll be looking at all of them and how well they direct the offense. Each week we’re trying to get better and it will be no different tomorrow night.”
Fox reiterated that he’s been pleased with the progression of each of his signal-callers, and he’s looking forward to seeing them compete Thursday.
“I like our quarterback situation,” Fox said. “I feel good about the players we have at the position and as well as they keep working hard and remain professional about it and getting better every day, I’m sure I’ll continue those feelings.”
After the quarterback discussion, Fox was asked if anyone in particular had stood out to him with the regular season fast-approaching and his middle linebacker came to mind.
“On a short look, a guy that comes to mind is (LB) Joe Mays,” Fox said. “He’s a guy that had limited action a year ago.
We had seen him a little bit in Philadelphia. Playing in the 3-4 is a little bit different than playing in the 4-3, and I like the way he’s gone about his business thus far.”
As for the team as a whole, Fox said his group is working steadily to meet their own high expectations.
“They’ve had a good mindset and a good attitude throughout the process,” Fox said. “Even though it’s been a short time I think we’ve made some progress, but as we go into the regular season, we’ll find out.”
Defensive end Elvis Dumervil and offensive lineman Chris Kuper did not participate.
Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson returned to action.
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Below are photos from the practice session.