My preseason patience lasted three games. If it were up to me, I’d say let’s get right to the Steelers and the opening act of the 2012 season.
While there is the final preseason game for the Broncos to work through, I have seen enough to know that I think they’ll at least be pretty good this year.
Of course, injuries, the unknown and the unexpected all usually come into play at some point or another but overall, I really like where the Broncos stand as the regular season is about to get started.
1 – PEYTON MANNING IS READY. It is so completely obvious that he can still play at a really high level and his performance against the 49ers again showed what I already believed. Some of his passes were simply crazy good. None was better than the 38-yard completion to Lance Ball, a pass he delivered with pinpoint accuracy while taking a faceful of defensive lineman.
In the preseason, it has been refreshing to see the Broncos again have an offense that can move the ball and score points. By no means was it perfect but it didn’t have to be to convince me.
As long as Manning stays healthy, the Broncos will score plenty of points in 2012.
2 – THE BRONCOS HAVE DEPTH ALONG THE DEFENSIVE LINE. When is the last time this happened? It appears the Broncos have 10 quality defensive lineman that could make the team, even though that number likely won’t be on the 53-man roster after the final cutdown this Friday. Those ten include, in no particular order, Elvis Dumervil, Ty Warren, Derek Wolfe, Kevin Vickerson, Justin Bannan, Robert Ayers, Jeremy Beal, Malik Jackson, Sealver Siliga and Ben Garland.
This group doesn’t even include Jason Hunter, who went on injured reserve and is out for the season.
With the improvements the Broncos made in secondary along with the depth at defensive line, I see a defense that is in position to continue to get better. Rest assured, there are issues. The linebacker position is a work in progress. But I see the Broncos being strong up front on defense and that will only serve them well as the season goes along.
The Broncos will put the finishing touches on the preseason this week. They’ll make their cuts to get down to the 53-man roster.
Then the fun really begins.
What has stood out to you this preseason? Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts.
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