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Now the Broncos offensive line has even more reason to put defenders on their backs.
For every pancake block the offensive line makes this season, Zane Beadles will donate $250 to Brent’s Place as part of his “Cakes for Cancer” program.
Beadles’ inspiration for the program came while playing at the University of Utah, when he met a 7-year-old boy named Ryker, who was stricken with Glioblastoma Multiforme cancer.
The Utes adopted Ryker as a member of the team, but about a year later, he lost his battle with cancer.
“I knew I wanted to do something with cancer and something with kids,” Beadles said. “I just looked around the area and found Brent’s Place. I learned about them and what they do and it seemed like a perfect fit. That’s how it kind of came about.”
Ryan Harris, J.D. Walton, Eric Decker and Zane Beadles headed up the mountain this weekend to soak in Winter X Games 15.
Above, the four pose in front of the halfpipe on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo.
The trip has even gotten some pub on NFL.com.
Below the players ride a Snow Cat back up the mountain to check out some of the events. Just thought we’d give you a glimpse of their trip, thanks to team photographer Eric Lars Bakke.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Welcome to the wild, wild AFC West.
Only three wins separate the first-place Chiefs from the last-place Broncos. With five divisional games left on the schedule, the Broncos are confident they have time to turn their season around.
“If you are down, obviously you would like to play those teams,” Kyle Orton said. “It’s a way to basically pick up two games. You have to play your best ball every week when you are at 2-6, which we are.”
While the backfield will take a hit for this Sunday’s game, other positions are getting healthier as the Broncos prepare to head to Tennessee to take on the Titans.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels said he expects Andre’ Goodman and Ryan Harris to be able to suit up for the Week 4 clash. Both players missed last week’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
If Harris steps back into his starting role at right tackle, that would push Zane Beadles out of the lineup, but McDaniels is excited for what that would do to the depth of the offensive line.
“I think he’d be a really solid sixth lineman for us if he’s not starting because he has versatility to play inside and he can also be our third tackle and he’s done admirably there,” he said of Beadles. “So, if that’s the role he ends up fitting into, that’s fine.”
On the other side of the spectrum, the head coach said Knowshon Moreno and Spencer Larsen will most likely sit out Sunday’s game. That leaves Correll Buckhalter, Laurence Maroney and Andre Brown as the three running backs in the rotation, and tight end Dan Gronkowski has a chance to spend time as a fullback — something he did on occasion last week against the Colts.
“Gronkowski could play in the backfield a little bit more than what you have seen so far,” McDaniels said. “(He) did a good job last week of filling in for Spencer when Spencer went out, so it could happen more this week.”
The third preseason game is typically the last dress rehearsal, if you will, for the first-unit offense before the regular season.
While some positions are becoming clearer, others are still up in the air.
One of the spots dubbed “a competitive situation” by Head Coach Josh McDaniels is at left guard.
For the majority of training camp and the preseason, Zane Beadles has spent time as the first-unit left guard. But McDaniels said “there are a lot of guys still competing for that job,” including Stanley Daniels, who filled in for Chris Kuper at right guard when the veteran sat out practices.
The head coach anticipated both players seeing extensive time at the position against the Steelers.
One of the hardest things to do is to evaluate preseason football. Teams keep play calling pretty vanilla. They protect their front line players. There is little, if any, talk of winning the games.
Yet here we are, halfway through the preseason. The Broncos have lost to the Bengals and the Lions, with games against the Steelers and Vikings still to come. I am left with several impressions.
The Broncos on Tuesday announced the signing of Zane Beadles, the team’s second-round pick in April’s draft. That leaves just the two first-rounders, Demaryius Thomas and Tim Tebow, unsigned.
Beadles started 50 of 51 games at Utah, and by the end of his career, he had been voted the Utes’ Most Valuable Offensive Lineman twice and earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors in two seasons.
“He’s a very smart player,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “He’s tough, a good finisher, and he’s played a lot of games.”
After redshirting as a freshman, Beadles was the team’s starting left guard in 2006, starting 12 games. His other 38 starts came at left tackle, a position he switched to as a junior in 2007. That year, he earned second-team All-MWC and first-team Academic All-MWC honors.
Just got the updated roster, so here’s another session of who’s wearing what.
2010 NFL Draft Picks:
Demaryius Thomas: 88
Tim Tebow: 15
Zane Beadles: 68
J.D. Walton: 50
Eric Decker: 87
Perrish Cox: 32
Eric Olsen: 69
Syd’Quan Thompson: 43
Jammie Kirlew: 53
J.J. Arrington: 26
Akin Ayodele: 51
Justin Bannan: 99
D’Anthony Batiste: 67
Bruce Hall: 29
Tyler Polumbus: 77
A.J. Trapasso: 2
Jamal Williams: 76
You can check the current roster page on the site — everyone has been assigned a number. The college free agents will be assigned numbers when they arrive for the rookie camp on Friday.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com