Bring on the Broncos season
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
It’s finally here.
Even if it is preseason, it’s still football time.
Of course Bronco fans have to wait until Monday to see the first bit of action, but I have a feeling it’s going to be worth the wait.
While the injury situation ” 14 guys hurt including Rod Smith, Matt Lepsis and Brandon Stokely ” is troubling, I am just focusing on the positives and the things I am hoping to see this preseason.
First, I think the running back situation is awesome. I think Travis Henry is a perfect fit for the Broncos and will be one of the top backs in the league this year. And what’s even better is the depth in the backfield.
Currently in the No. 2 spot on the depth chart is former fullback Cecil Sapp. I was fortunate enough to watch Sapp pound his way through teams and speed past defenders while accumulating 2,482 yards on 504 carries with 28 touchdowns in 28 games at Colorado State University.
I am so happy to see him working his way into everyday play. The man has put in his time on the practice squad, in the weight room and dedicating himself to improving and adjusting to the NFL. With Sapp and Henry together, with Mike Bell also able to take some carries, I am expecting the Broncos ground game to be as fun to watch as when Terrell Davis was there. Well, maybe not that amazing, but pretty darn good nonetheless.
Hopefully by now Cutler is a little more used to things and will be able to air it out like we all know he can. And he has lots of targets, but I am projecting Javon Walker to be the top receiver in the league.
Then there’s the defense. While I may tear up not seeing Al Wilson take the field for the first time in eight years, I am excited about everything else.
I think opposing quarterbacks will be terrified to throw the ball, and they should. Getting it past Champ Bailey and Dre’ Bly will be harder than solving a Rubix cube in a timely fashion without switching the stickers.
The one thing that has to change is the pass rush. Last year, QBs, especially that one guy from the Colts, could have unfolded a camping chair, plopped down and read “Football for Dummies” with all the free time they had back there.
I am a little confused on why Elvis Dumerville is third on the depth chart, but things can change real fast. If someone can prove to be better than him, fine, but for a team with only 35 sacks last year, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want the one who got the most of those (8.5) on the field more.
But that’s what the preseason is for, to get guys out there and see who should be in the starting lineup. That’s why it’s fun to watch because you can see new guys make big plays, but if your team doesn’t win, it doesn’t really matter, because it is preseason.
So, bring on the 49ers, bring out the rookies and let’s get ready for some football.
Contact Joelle Milholm at 384-9124 or
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