Saturday night against Buffalo, the Broncos continued to take steps forward.
I know it’s only preseason; I know they played the Buffalo Bills. It’s early. We all know that. But all I have to go on is what they have done so far. I certainly like it better when I like what I see rather than when I wish I were seeing something better.
Several things popped out at me while watching the Buffalo game.
1 – THE BRONCOS SHOULD HAVE NO TROUBLE RUSHING THE PASSER. Elvis Dumervil and rookie Von Miller made their presences felt right away. That is a great sign. Miller appears to be what everyone thought he would be: A playmaker on defense. He flat out blew past some Buffalo players. When is the last time the Broncos had that kind of threat on defense? It has been some time.
If the Broncos can force opponents into third-and-medium-to-long situations, they should be able to get pressure on the quarterback. I am still, however, somewhat concerned about their ability to get into those types of situations with regularity. The run defense still looks to be a work in progress and the injuries to Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas certainly aren’t helping the cause.
But to this point, I’ll take what I’ve seen from Dumervil and Miller. The exciting part is that they should only get better.
2 – THE OFFENSIVE LINE COULD BE PRETTY GOOD. Just when I thought that the Broncos would favor running behind the left side of the line, Willis McGahee runs behind Chris Kuper and Orlando Franklin on the right side two straight times near the goal line. The second time, McGahee got into the end zone for a touchdown. Huge.
Franklin looks like he could be the real deal at right tackle. Man, at 6-7, 330 pounds, he appears to be the Big Nasty. That dude is physical. And for a rookie to make that kind of impression is impressive.
And how steady is Chris Kuper? It is so easy to take a guy like that for granted. Throw in how Coach John Fox has dubbed J.D. Walton the Trash Can for Walton’s willingness to get down and dirty and all of a sudden this offensive line looks like it could be a darn good unit.
Let’s face it, they’ll need to be. We know how Coach Fox loves to run the ball.
3 – WILLIS McGAHEE APPEARS TO HAVE SOME GAS LEFT IN THE TANK. Again, it’s early but for a back that is listed at 235 pounds, he still gets around pretty well. I like how he got into the end zone from close in and he also looked good catching the ball.
I wouldn’t expect McGahee to get 25 carries a game but he and Knowshon Moreno could be a terrific pair of backs and the two of them could very well make life difficult for opposing defenses. Again, it’s early and it’s not the regular season. But so far, so good.
Now, we get to the third preseason game this Saturday when the Broncos host the Seahawks. It’s usually the preseason game in which the top line players see their most action. I’m interested in watching how well the Broncos play this week.
Who will you be watching most against Seattle and why?
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