You can bet that when Domonique Foxworth was traded to the Falcons earlier this season, both he and the Broncos had Nov. 16 circled on their calendars.
Foxworth has had a chance to start in Atlanta for the past three games, and the sentiment in the Broncos locker room is that the team is happy for him — they just won’t be happy for him this week.
“I am proud of Foxy — I am glad he has gotten the opportunity to play,” Dre’ Bly said. “He is playing well. We are praying that he doesn’t do as well this week, but I know that he is licking his chops and is looking forward to go against us. I am sure it is going to be an interesting game.”
It might be even more interesting if Foxworth lines up against Brandon Marshall, who he went against in practice plenty of times in Denver.
“That would be fun,” Marshall said. “I think all of us receivers are approaching this game as if we’re playing against any DB, so it will be fun going out there against Fox, someone who I am familiar with and I know.”
Tony Scheffler said that Foxworth is a great person, but he’ll definitely be looking to get the better of him now that he’s no longer a Bronco.
“He was a good guy in the locker room and in the community,” Scheffler said. “He is obviously on the other side, him and (Jason) Elam, at the same time. When that clock is running I am sure every guy in here will be looking to run him over.”
YOUR STARTING TIGHT END, TONY SHEGGLER
Speaking of Scheffler, Atlanta Head Coach Mike Smith said he was impressed with all of the offensive weapons the Broncos have, not to mention the tight end position.
“You can’t discount their tight ends, both those guys have had a nice season up to this point,” Smith said during his Wednesday conference call. “The one — I can’t pronounce his name, Sheggler? — he’s very fast and I think he catches the ball extremely well.”
Scheffler smiled when a reporter mentioned the slip up, and he said the mispronunciation didn’t bother him.
“That is all right,” he said. “Tight end is kind of a position that is lesser-known and doesn’t come with a whole lot of attention or fame. That is the way we like it. We have a pretty good group here and if we can contribute every week like we did last week, we will be happy.”
STRETCHING THE FIELD
During of the second half of last week’s win against the Browns, the Broncos occasionally lined up in a bit of a spread offense, sometimes with five receivers wide on the line.
Obviously the formation worked for the team, as they ended up coming away with the comeback victory. Scheffler said he doesn’t necessarily think that formation is the Broncos at their best — it just came out of necessity.
“It just depends on who you are playing and what kinds of looks you are getting defensively and that sort of thing,” he said. “It is something that we had to do. We were kind of forced into it, and guys’ competitive nature took over and it was survival out there.”
Marshall said the team just did what it had to in order to get the win. He doesn’t believe the team should resort to that all the time — it’s just a reflection on the coaching staff that it was able to work so well against the Browns.
“I just think Coach Shanahan does a great job of creating mismatches and taking advantage of them,” Marshall said. “That’s what he did against Cleveland and I think he’s been known for that since he’s been in the league.”
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Here are some pictures from Thursday’s practice session.