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Denver Broncos defensive lineman measurables
Comparing the defensive lineman measurables on the Denver Broncos roster. Since I did an offensive group first (wide receivers), I figured I would move to a defensive group next. The Denver Broncos defensive line was the staff preference for where to look next - so here it is. Again many of these guys either were not invited to the combine or were injured so their numbers are from the Pro-days. Pro-day numbers should always be taken with a grain of salt. NAME POS. HT. WT. Arm Hand 40 Bench Vert Broad 3-cone 20-yd ss Wolfe, Derek DE 6/5 285 33.3 10.8 5.01 33 33.5 108 7.26 4.44 Kerr, Zach DE 6/2 334 32.9 9.8 5.08 28 28.5 99 7.93 4.71 Crick, Jared DE 6/4 285 32.0 10.1 4.99 26 31.0 104 7.47 4.40 Harris, Shelby DE 6/2 290 34.7 9.5 4.88 25 32.0 110 7.52 4.57 Winn, Billy DE 6/4 300 32.5 9.0 5.00 24 27.0 107 7.37 4.44 Gotsis, Adam DE 6/4 287 34.1 10.8 4.88 23 inj inj inj inj Walker, DeMarcus DE 6/4 280 33.0 10.5 4.88 20 31.5 115 7.91 4.71 Edebali, Kasim DE 6/2 253 32.8 9.5 4.79 19 34.5 115 7.20 4.35 Soto, Shakir DE 6/3 290 5.13 18 21.5 inj inj inj Peko, Domata DT 6/3 325 5.25 25 28.5 103 7.69 4.49 Peko, Kyle NT 6/1 305 32.8 9.8 5.13 31 32.5 116 7.30 4.50 Jarrett, Tyrique NT 6/3 335 5.45 22 22.5 100 inj 5.10 What do these numbers tell us? Tyrique Jarrett probably cannot dunk a basketball despite being 6’3” tall. His 22.5” vertical is the poorest of the group. Thankfully his job on the football field does not require much leaping. His 22 reps of 225 lbs looks worrisome considering he is the heaviest DL player yet one of the weakest. If we are comparing “athleticism” for the guys who might play NT this year, Jarrett appears to have the least athleticism. He didn’t participate in the 3-cone at his pro-day, but given how much slower he was in the 20 yd shuttle than the rest of the group, I’m guessing is time would have been over 8.0s easily. I’ve listed Kasim Edabali here as a DE because that is his designation on the team’s roster, but realistically at 253 lbs, he should be in with the OLB’s. He does not fit in with the rest of this group. He appears to be very quick, but given that he is close to 100 lbs lighter than the heaviest guy on this list (Jarrett is closer to 350 than 335 according to what I have read), he SHOULD be quicker than everyone on this list. Shelby Harris has abnormally long arms for a 6’2” player. Adam Gotsis has really long arms and big hands. Gotsis has already been noted to have a great knack for batting down passes at the line of scrimmage. This might be a function of his really long arms. Derek Wolfe, Kyle Peko and Billy Winn are all really quick for their size. Demarcus Walker is not. If you sum 3-cone and the 20-yd shuttle times, you get a score that I call the “change of direction” score, CoD. Normalizing CoD for weight gives you what I call the quickness score, or Quix, where 100 is average. Look at the CoD and Quix scores of the DL players below. NAME POS. HT. WT. CoD Quix Peko, Kyle NT 6/1 305 11.80 110.1 Winn, Billy DE 6/4 300 11.81 107.9 Wolfe, Derek DE 6/5 285 11.70 106.5 Peko, Domata DT 6/3 325 12.18 103.4 Crick, Jared DE 6/4 285 11.87 100.5 Edebali, Kasim DE 6/2 253 11.55 99.5 Harris, Shelby DE 6/2 290 12.09 95.0 Kerr, Zach DE 6/2 334 12.64 91.6 Walker, DeMarcus DE 6/4 280 12.62 77.3 Gotsis, Adam DE 6/4 287 ? ? Jarrett, Tyrique NT 6/3 335 ? ? Soto, Shakir DE 6/3 290 [...]
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Broncos Fantasy Preview
Broncos 2016 Offensive Profile Pass Attempts Rank: 17th Rush Attempts Rank: 15th Play Volume Rank: 15th Yards Per Play Rank: 26th Unaccounted for Targets from 2016 (Rank): 57 (26th) Unaccounted for Carries from 2016 (Rank): 73 (13th) Projected Starting [...]
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Family suing Broncos Stadium after deadly fall last October
The family of a man who died in a fall at the stadium formerly known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High last October is suing the Metropolitan Football Stadium District seeking an unstated amount of damages. According to 9NEWS, the family of Jason Coy filed a claim dated April 11, 2017 alleging that the staircase when Coy fell to his death was “inherently dangerous to patrons” of the stadium. The corridor and staircase contained a vault and open shaft that was inherently dangerous to patrons, and Mr. Coy slipped over a handrail near the top of the staircase, falling to his death, at or near the base below. [...]
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[The Denver Post] – Colorado at Atlanta: How to watch on TV, preview and more
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[SB Nation: Burgundy Wave] – Game Preview & How to Watch – Atlanta United vs Colorado Rapids
... sappointing home loss to on Wednesday night coupled with defeating the . The Rapids have the worst away record in the league at 0-6 on the road and will need to ... [...]
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Trey Lyles Joins Altitude Sports Radio to Discuss his Trade to the Nuggets, Nikola Jokić and More
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Vance Joseph's NFL new coaches questionnaire
Get to know Head Coach Vance Joseph better with his responses to the NFL's new coaches questionnaire. [...]
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The Squeeze: Von Miller gets tattoo on flight
A concentrated look at the recent juice on the Denver Broncos. [...]
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Rockies skidding hard after loss to Dodgers, as Alex Wood washes them again and Yasiel Puig hits a ball far
LOS ANGELES — Stalked by a pesky swarm of gnats around first base, Mark Reynolds waved his glove and swatted his hat in defense. Then Yasiel Puig trotted by and all the buzz fell to a stop. The Dodgers’ Cuban slugger slammed a home run to center field so deep, it buried the Rockies in a 6-1 loss Friday in front of 43,787 fans at Chavez Ravine. The Rockies’ sudden hangover, a headache after two blowout losses to the Diamondbacks at Coors Field, has now extended into an ear-splitting skid to start a difficult nine-game, 10-day road trip through the National League West. A first-place team less 72 hours prior, Colorado has quickly fallen 2 1/2 games into third place behind the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. And on Saturday, they have to face the Ace of aces, Clayton Kershaw. “We have to play better,” Rockies left fielder Ian Desmond said. “There are ebbs and flows to a season, but this is one of those times when we need to pick it up.” On Friday, a third Rockies rookie in a row fell to defeat. Lefty Kyle Freeland gave up seven hits in the first two innings as the Dodgers made contact with just about everything he threw, accounting for four runs. Even the outs hurt. Cody Bellinger’s sacrifice fly to deep center field in the first scored Corey Seager. Freeland wriggled out of the inning with the bases loaded. Boxscore: LA Dodgers 6, Colorado 1 To lead off the second, though, Freeland walked catcher Austin Barnes, a brutal mistake. The Dodgers’ offense is a buzzsaw, with a major-league best plus-128 run differential, the best in the majors. They have scored six or more runs in seven consecutive games. Seager and Justin Turner singled and Bellinger doubled. Add three more runs. Freeland’s second walk to Barnes, in the third, drew the ire of his manager, Bud Black, who visited the mound for a spirited discussion. Black, a former pitcher himself, has a difficult time stomaching walks at the bottom of an order. Black described the confab as “a baseball discussion.” Freeland responded by forcing a keen 2-5-4 double play, to third and first, on a miffed bunt. In dropping his record to 8-5, Freeland, he said, fell victim to complacency. In his two previous starts against the Dodgers, the 23-year-old mastered a sinkerball to ground their hitters into weak-contact groundballs. He gave up just two runs over 10 innings. “They figured out how I was planning to pitch them,” Freeland said. “It’s no secret I’m a sinker pitcher. And they hit my sinkers. They hit my mistakes and they hit ’em hard. But they saw my gameplan early and attacked it.” Puig’s home run off Freeland in the fourth came on a curveball that stayed low but crept up just high to hit the hitter’s sweet spot. He crushed his homer 445 feet to the batters eye in center field. The Dodgers have home runs in 15 consecutive games, their longest streak since 1977. “We threw him quite a bit of fastballs,” Freeland said. “He hits fastballs well. I noticed on video sometimes if you throw him a weak one there on the plate, he’ll swing over top of it. But I didn’t get it to my spot.” Related ArticlesJune 23, 2017 Rockies rotation changes take shape, with Colorado eyeing Tyler Anderson’s imminent return June 22, 2017 Tyler Anderson gets relief work for Rockies; rotation could be in flux June 22, 2017 Rockies’ Bud Black not alarmed by poor outings by rookies Antonio Senzatela, Jeff Hoffman June 22, 2017 Rockies fail NL West test vs. D-backs, look to get right vs. Dodgers June 22, 2017 On The Rox podcast: Are the Rockies “frauds”? Freeland, at least, fared better than his rookie counterparts, Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela, who gave up nine runs apiece against Arizona. But they were all outdueled by Dodgers starter Alex Wood. Wood, who now has struck out 17 Rockies in 12 innings this season, allowed just one run, on Tom Murphy‘s double to left field in the second that Franklin Gutierrez took a wrong route to in the corner. That was also the last hit Wood allowed. He retired 14 of the next 15 he faced, and no baseball traveled farther than the infield dirt. The 26-year-old lefty, whom the Dodgers wrangled in a mega-trade with the Braves in 2015, is slinging through Colorado’s hitters. Way back on May 13 at Coors Field, Wood was even better. He struck out 10 and walked just one over six shutout innings. “He has funky delivery and right now he’s hitting his spots,” Desmond said. The Rockies moved even on the season at 5-5 against the Dodgers, who won a season-high eighth consecutive game. “We have to tighten it up,” Desmond said. “We’ll see what the future has.” Chris Carlson, The Associated PressColorado Rocki [...]
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Trey Lyles envisioned playing for the Nuggets coming out of Kentucky. Two years later, he has his chance.
As Trey Lyles traversed the country in the months leading up to the 2015 NBA draft, there was something that stuck out about his trip to the Rocky Mountains. “When I worked out for the Nuggets, Denver was one of my favorite cities I visited,” Lyles said. “It was a city and a team that I was looking forward to hopefully getting a chance to play for.” Lyles has that chance now after a trade during Thursday’s NBA draft that brought the 6-foot-10 forward to Denver from the Utah Jazz, a deal that included a swap of first-round picks. The Jazz drafted Lyles 12th overall out of Kentucky in 2015, five spots after the Nuggets selected Emmanuel Mudiay. Lyles was among the players the Nuggets were considering heading into that draft. “We had him in the top 10 two years ago,” Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said. “He had an excellent rookie year. Last year he wasn’t able to build off that success — in a diminished role to some degree — but I think he can play both frontcourt positions. He’s only 21, the same age as many of the guys who went (in the draft Thursday). He’s big enough to play the five. He’s a high IQ guy, can make shots. He’s able to move the ball and play the way we like to play.” Lyles averaged 6.1 points per game as a rookie with Utah while shooting 44 percent from the floor and 38 percent from 3-point range. He averaged 6.2 points per game last season, but his shooting averages dipped to 36 and 32 percent. His minutes also went down slightly as the Jazz added journeyman forward Boris Diaw. Lyles was said he was initially caught off guard when he got a call from his agent and then Jazz coach Quin Snyder on Thursday telling him he was being traded to Denver. “It’s something you always have to keep in the back of your mind,” Lyles said. “You never know. It’s a business and people are going to do what they think is best for their teams. You can’t be angry about it because there’s 403 jobs in the NBA and you’re one of them. Just being able to go out there and play is a great thing for me, and I just try to have as much fun with it as I can.” Lyles will arrive in Denver next week with a decent familiarity of the roster that extends beyond his matchups with the Nuggets during his two seasons as a Western Conference opponent. He was born in Canada but moved to Indiana when he was 7. He became friendly with Nuggets guard Gary Harris from their interactions on the state’s basketball scene, and Lyles reached out to Harris for information on Denver when he made his pre-draft visit. Lyles also played on the same team in 2012 with Jamal Murray, Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic during the Nike Global Challenge, an elite prep basketball tournament for players around the world that was then held in Washington D.C. Lyles has become even more familiar with Murray through Canadian basketball events. He’s also seen enough of Jokic, both as a teammate five years ago and then as opponent, to know he’s eager to play alongside Denver’s pass-by-nature center. Related ArticlesJune 23, 2017 Tim Connelly: Defensive improvement must start internally for the Nuggets June 23, 2017 The biggest winners and losers from the 2017 NBA draft June 22, 2017 PHOTOS: 2017 NBA draft fashion June 22, 2017 Trade talks unable to materialize for Nuggets on draft day June 22, 2017 PHOTOS: Derrick White NBA draft watch party “This past year he was able to step up into a role that allowed him to flourish and people started seeing he was able to do a multitude of things,” Lyles said. “I’m excited to go out there and play with him and catch some of those passes from the angles he’s throwing them at. It’s going to be a great compatibility between us.” Offensive contributions are likely to be a bonus from Lyles, who has shot 34 percent from 3-point range in his 151-game career. To see the floor in what is currently a crowded frontcourt, his biggest contribution will have to come on the defensive end, where the Nuggets struggled last season. Lyles has targeted increasing upper-body strength as one way he can add to his game on both ends, but he believes he has a solid foundation that will help him grow into an impactful defender. “Growing up, I’ve always had coaches who preach defense, (including) Coach (John) Calipari at Kentucky,” Lyles said. “And, of course, with the Jazz. I think personally, for me, being able to be versatile and guard different positions, keep guys in front of me and just compete is the main thing for me. This past summer I’ve spent a lot of time focusing on that. I’m continuing to focus on it through different training exercises to get [...]
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Blake Griffin opts out, becomes free agent
Blake Griffin has decided to test free agency, telling the Los Angeles Clippers that he is opting out of the final year of his contract. A person with direct knowledge of Griffin’s plans confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because neither the five-time All-Star nor the Clippers have publicly announced the move. The move was expected, and gives Griffin the chance to either pursue a deal elsewhere — or, of course, re-sign with the Clippers for more years. The Clippers have had six consecutive successful regular seasons — winning at least 60 percent of their games each year, something only San Antonio has done in that same span — but never cracked the code of finding success in the playoffs. The Clippers never made it out of the second round in any of those six seasons, and lost in the first round each of the last two years. And now with Griffin, along with LA guards Chris Paul and J.J. Redick all potentially on the move as free agents, as well as speculation that DeAndre Jordan could be a trade possibility, next season’s Clippers could have a decidedly different look. Griffin has spent his entire career with the Clippers, averaging 21.5 points and 9.4 rebounds on 52 percent shooting in seven seasons. He was due to make $21.4 million next season. Griffin joins a free-agent class that will also have Utah’s Gordon Hayward, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Heat guard Dion Waiters as some of the fellow headliners. Golden State stars Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant technically will be free agents as well, but are expected to return to the champion Warriors. Dwyane Wade could have been a free agent as well, but told the Chicago Bulls he is exercising his $23.8 million option for next season. Griffin was the No. 1 overall pick by the Clippers in the 2009 draft. He missed the entire 2009-10 season with a left knee injury, and a variety of injuries have seen him miss 83 games in the last three regular seasons alone. Griffin also got hurt in Game 3 of the Clippers’ first-round matchup against Utah this season and never returned. The Clippers lost that series in seven games, dropping the deciding game at home. [...]
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Tom Brady takes on sumo wrestler in Japan
TOKYO — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got a quick lesson in the ancient sport of sumo during a visit to Japan. Brady, who visited China and Japan this week on a tour promoting football, stopped in at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday and stepped into the ring with sumo wrestler Goeido. The pair took turns pushing each other from one end of the ring to the other. The 39-year-old Brady, who led the Patriots to the Super Bowl title last season, described the opportunity to learn about sumo as “incredible” while adding that the wrestlers are “very strong” and are “strong in mind and body.” Related ArticlesJune 22, 2017 Chiefs sign Andy Reid to extension, part with GM John Dorsey June 22, 2017 What does Derek Carr’s new contract mean for Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins? June 22, 2017 Raiders QB Derek Carr agrees to $125 million, 5-year extension, per AP source June 21, 2017 David Harris, New England Patriots agree to deal, per AP source June 20, 2017 “My memory ain’t what it used to be”: Warren Sapp says he’ll donate his brain for CTE research “For them to welcome me means very much to me,” Brady was quoted as saying by the Kyodo news agency. “It’s hard to describe in words how special that was.” Goeido, a 31-year-old winner of last September’s Autumn Grand Sumo tournament, said of the NFL superstar: “He has a lot of explosive power. I feel energized. It’s stimulating to have an opportunity to come in contact with athletes from a different sport.” Eugene Hoshiko, The Associated PressNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gestures during a promotional event Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Tokyo. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback is on a week long promotional tour of China and Japan for a sportswear maker. [...]
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Cal Foote, son of Avalanche great, goes 14th to Tampa Bay Lightning
Colorado native Cal Foote, the son of former Avalanche defenseman and team captain Adam Foote, stole NHL-draft bragging rights from his father Friday. Cal, an 18-year-old defenseman born in Denver, was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the 14th pick in the first round of the 2017 draft at the United Center in Chicago. Adam Foote was drafted 22nd (second round) by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989. “He pretty much taught me everything, or most, of what I know about the game,” Cal told reporters at the United Center. “Just being around him. He’s helped me a ton and I’m very fortunate to have him on my side.” Cal played youth hockey for the Littleton Hawks and Colorado Thunderbirds and considered the University of Denver. He chose the major-junior route and the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League. He likely will begin his third season with the Rockets and again play with his 16-year-old brother Nolan, who could be an NHL draft pick in 2019. Related ArticlesJune 23, 2017 Avalanche select defenseman Cale Makar with the No. 4 pick in NHL draft June 22, 2017 Colorado Avalanche 2017-18 regular season schedule June 22, 2017 At No. 4, Avalanche could select top-rated defenseman June 22, 2017 Las Vegas-bound goalie Calvin Pickard: “It’s sad to leave the Avalanche” June 21, 2017 NHL expansion: Avalanche loses goalie Calvin Pickard to Vegas Golden Knights “It’s a two-way style,” Cal Foote said when asked to describe his game. “I like to play defense but jump up in the play as well. I like to add to the offense.” In an NBC Sports Network interview, Adam Foote said of his eldest son: “Just an all-around defenseman that can add some offense and shut down (attackers).” Footnote. Incoming Denver Pioneers freshmen Ian Mitchell and Dayton Rasmussen are expected to be drafted Saturday. Mitchell, a defenseman from Calahoo, Alberta, is ranked No. 35 among North American skaters. The Minnesota-born Rasmussen, who lived in Colorado and played for the Colorado Thunderbirds, is No. 6 among North American goalies. Both Mitchell and Rasmussen participated in the recent NHL draft combine in Buffalo.   [...]
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