Brandon Stokley has been the talk of the town this week, and for good reason. After all, his miraculous 87-yard game-winning touchdown reception at Cincinnati in Week 1 may turn out to be the Play of the Year in the National Football League.
In between team meetings and practices, the 11th year wide receiver has been busy discussing his Sunday heroics over the past few days — filling numerous media requests and chatting casually with family, friends and Broncos fans alike about the unforgettable catch.
“Everywhere you go people want to talk to you about it and text you about it,” Stokley said. “It’s been definitely a big subject of conversation.”
Without question. But with Sunday’s home opener against Cleveland on the horizon, Stokley knows it’s time to put last week in the past. While he said he isn’t necessarily tired of talking about the play, he knows his top priority this week is preparing for the Browns’ defensive unit and the challenges that they present.
“It is time to kind of put it behind us and move on,” Stokley said Thursday morning. “We’re focused on Cleveland this week. That’s the great thing about the NFL — good game, bad game, come Wednesday you kind of put it behind you, move on and get ready for the next week.”
In total, Stokley said he has only seen a replay of the improbable play “five or six” times. When No. 14 has flipped on a rerun, it has been to relive the memorable experience with his 5-year-old son.
“We got into bed last night and before he went to bed I said, ‘Let’s put this on.’ So it’s kind of a goodnight little thing to watch before he goes to bed to put a smile on his face.”
The elder Stokley said he’s looking to improve upon last week’s performance. Some may not think that is possible, but Stokley has set a list of goals for Week 2. Against Cleveland, he hopes to be more active in the passing game and show himself as a valuable third-down option.
“You’ve got to kind of move on from that game, put it behind you and hopefully make more than one catch this game,” he said. “Make some third-down plays — that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com
Here are a few pictures from the onset of this afternoon’s practice session: