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Broncos Injury Report: Paxton Lynch, Cody Latimer officially ruled out
While the Broncos' injury list is short, the Giants' is long and includes a slew of starters. [...]
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Mason's Mailbag: Expect the unexpected from Giants
Other topics include the use of Isaiah McKenzie so far this season and where Devontae Booker fits with C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles flourishing at running back. [...]
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Garett Bolles hasn’t been perfect. But he’s so far proven why the Broncos wanted him.
Garett Bolles was weeks away from his 25th birthday when the Broncos drafted him 20th overall last spring. With only a year of FBS experience, Bolles was an oversized kid with a grit on the field and eagerness off it. He was a father. He was a husband. He was the atypical first-rounder. And he was exactly who the Broncos wanted as their left tackle. “We just really thought that athletically, the way he plays the game, the mentality he brings to the game, he was in our mind the best left tackle in the draft,” general manager John Elway said then. Bolles, a gentle giant with a mean streak, had no idea what he was in for then. Rookies rarely do, especially when thrown into the fire as a full-time starter on the offensive line. But in the six months since he held his son, Kingston, on a stage in Philadelphia on draft night, donned his first Broncos hat while being introduced at the team’s training facility, and befriended the team’s star pass-rushers who would test him daily at practice, Bolles has more than earned his keep as a bona fide starter. When Bolles debuted in the Broncos’ opener against the Chargers, he became the sixth rookie to start at left tackle for Denver since 1968, when lineups started being tracked. For two seasons the Broncos’ revolving door of tackles has spun with seemingly no end in the wake of Ryan Clady’s knee injury in 2015. Though his career is young, Bolles has provided stability. In four games, he has played 93.2 percent of the offense, third-most on the line behind center Matt Paradis and right tackle Menelik Watson. Pro Football Focus (PFF) grades Bolles as the 35th-best tackle in the league overall and tied for fourth in run-blocking, which is his strength. “They drafted me for a reason, to come in here and bring something that the O-line was missing,” Bolles said. “They brought in Menelik (Watson) and they brought in Ron Leary, so we just came in here and did what we needed to do.” But perfect, he hasn’t been. He was never expected to be in Year 1. “For a young lineman it’s always your assignment,” coach Vance Joseph said. “Fronts move at different pressures. He’s made some error with that, we all have. He’s gotten better with every game we’ve played. Again, it’s a lack of experience sometimes, seeing certain twists and certain pressure. As far as blocking his guy one-on-one, he can do that.” Though the Broncos’ line collectively has struggled with pass protection, Bolles has allowed only one of the 13 sacks on quarterback Trevor Siemian, and 14 total pressures while facing some of the league’s elite rushers. “I think just getting better every week. It’s not just one phase of it. We go against some great pass rushers so he’s kind of learning how to play against each guy,” offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said. “He’s still learning, but he’s really doing a good job.” Related Articles Broncos Q&A: Brandon Marshall opens up about NFL’s national anthem controversy Broncos rule out WR Cody Latimer, Giants rule out seven players Giants at Broncos: Who has the edge? The NFL could mandate players stand for the anthem. Players, Broncos included, are divided in their opinions. Broncos’ Von Miller: “You have to be desperate for a win or it’s not going to happen.” In his first NFL game, Bolles was tasked with containing Los Angeles Chargers’ Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. In Week 2, he took on the league’s current sack leader, Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence. In Week 3, he faced the Bills’ stout front seven that includes Jerry Hughes and Lorenzo Alexander. And in Week 4, he was introduced to Oakland’s reigning defensive player of the year Khalil Mack. The Broncos gifted Bolles with three months of facing Von Miller and, when healthy, Shane Ray in organized team activities and training camp. Bolles’ introduction to the NFL was also an introduction to the game’s toughest pass rusher. In between one-on-one drills in camp, Miller would often take Bolles to the side to show him why and how he got beat, and to teach him hand technique and footwork. “We drafted Garett Bolles and after about a week of training camp he was our best pass protector, so he played,” Joseph said. “It was about him earning a job. Now if he wasn’t ready to play and wasn’t one of our best tackles, he wouldn’t be the starter. He was one of our better guys blocking Von and blocking those guys on our defense, which is a tough deal. He did a good job versus those guys so we thought he could play. It’s panned out so far.” The lessons were critical to Bolles’ NFL start. They were also part of [...]
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Titans wide receiver regrets tweeting threat to quit football over anthem protest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews says he made a bad decision on Twitter to threaten to quit football if the NFL institutes a new rule mandating players stand for the national anthem. Asked Friday if he stands by that initial statement, Matthews said “not right now.” “Let’s hope it doesn’t get to that,” Matthews said. “I know the owners got a meeting next (week). Let’s just hope we don’t get to that.” Matthews quickly deleted the tweet Thursday before practice, but his comments had been caught by a screen grab. Matthews said he was scrolling through Twitter during some free time when he responded to a question from a Nashville TV reporter. Then he hit delete. “Sometimes people, as you all know, tweet some ignorant things out at some moments, and that was an ignorant thing I tweeted out at that given moment,” Matthews said. “And I take full responsibility, and that’s why it went down right after. Somebody caught me with a screen shot.” One of the Titans’ starting receivers, Matthews has stayed in the locker room during the national anthem through the last two games in protest of President Donald Trump’s comments on NFL players. Matthews was not available Thursday after practice before the locker room closed to reporters. Matthews is in the second of a three-year deal with Tennessee. He has started 13 of his 21 games since joining the Titans as a free agent last season, and he has 20 catches for 284 yards and a touchdown this season. His father is a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his half brother also served in the Marines before being killed in Afghanistan in October 2015 as a private defense contractor. The receiver wears a bracelet with his brother’s name and the Marine logo. Related ArticlesOctober 14, 2017 Kiszla: The more boring the Broncos get on offense, the better football team they become October 13, 2017 Ezekiel Elliott to miss Cowboys’ next six games after court reinstates suspension October 12, 2017 Carson Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Eagles beat Panthers 28-23 October 12, 2017 The NFL could mandate players stand for the anthem. Players, Broncos included, are divided in their opinions. October 12, 2017 John Kelly pushes back against perception of White House chaos Matthews said he had not talked with coach Mike Mularkey or Titans general manager Jon Robinson about his tweet. Matthews said it’s unfortunate he brought this distraction to the Titans (2-3) who host Indianapolis (2-3) on Monday night. He said he takes full responsibility for what happened with his social media flurry. “In my eyes, it just gives everybody an eye-opener of what African-Americans, minorities have to go through by just making decisions that we feel are right,” Matthews said of the reactions he gets on social media. Notes: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota practiced Friday but was limited again. LT Taylor Lewan (left knee) practiced fully. The Titans will update the status of injured players Saturday afternoon for Monday night’s game. [...]
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Kiszla: The more boring the Broncos get on offense, the better football team they become
Watching the Broncos play is a good way to induce a nap on the couch. They play boring football. But get used to it. Boring football is the best way for Denver to make itself a Super Bowl contender. John Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback, has turned the Broncos into a ground-and-pound team. The “Star Wars” numbers of Peyton Manning? They’re gone, and not coming back anytime soon. Denver coach Vance Joseph is channeling his inner Bill Parcells. Throw the rock? Forget that noise. Maybe Pro Bowl receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders should change their jersey numbers to something more appropriate, like 62 and 79. They are now $21 million worth of skilled blocking talent. And don’t even bother to ask Joseph where the offensive fireworks have gone. “I view it as we’re 3-1,” said Joseph, proud of the team’s stellar record. “I’m not concerned about the numbers.” But the numbers don’t lie. And the statistics through four games of this young NFL season are revealing. Denver is running for 4.4 yards per carry, up from 3.6 yards last season, an improvement from 28th to 10th among 32 NFL teams. Denver has thrown the football on 51.7 percent of its snaps this season, which ranks 29th in the league and has turned Siemian into the ultimate game-manager. Pass attempts per game are down significantly from 2016, while running plays called on first down have increased significantly. And perhaps most important of all, the Denver offense ranks No. 4 in the league when it comes to time of possession, at 32 minutes, 38 seconds, up from 28th in 2016, when the Broncos went three-and-out far too often. When Elway spent time and effort beefing up his offensive line after Denver missed the playoffs in 2016, it wasn’t in the hope of turning quarterback Trevor Siemian into Aaron Rodgers. It was a practical response to building a team around linebacker Von Miller and a championship-caliber defense. Former coach Gary Kubiak and his staff were slammed a year ago for painfully conservative play-calling. It also was widely touted that new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy would allow the Broncos to open up their attack. But the game plan for this team was established by Elway way back in November 2014, when an aging Manning was ineffective throwing the football 54 times during a 22-7 loss at St. Louis, and the Broncos have been honing a smash-mouth style of play for nearly three years. Denver is now firmly established as a run-first team that wants to force the opposition into costly mistakes. It’s not always pretty. But it can be effective in the cold weather of the playoffs. The recent hand-wringing about failure to get Thomas and Sanders more touches is overblown, because so long as Denver keeps winning, the receivers won’t gripe. Related Articles Lunch Special: Denver sports chat with Mark Kiszla Kiszla: When push comes to shove, will Nuggets be tough enough to make the NBA playoffs? Kiszla: Here is NFL’s chance to be better than Washington politicians in tackling anthem controversy Kiszla: Thank you, Carlos Gonzalez, for bringing joy as big as the Rockies to LoDo for 9 years Lunch Special: What’s been the biggest surprise of the Broncos’ season so far? “We’re trying to score points any way we can,” McCoy said. Might he open up the offense if defenses begin stacking the box against Denver? Of course. But consider this: In 18 NFL starts, Siemian’s record when he throws the ball fewer than 35 times is 8-1. And when Siemian throws it 35 times or more? His record is 3-6. The way the Broncos are set up, points will only be easy to come by in games when cornerback Aqib Talib takes an interception to the house or a turnover gives the Denver offense a short field, as was the case in the rout of Dallas. What the Broncos really want is an offense that shortens the clock, leaving a well-rested defense to turn every game into a long, miserable day for the opposing quarterback. Boring? Only if Denver loses. [...]
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Film study: What went wrong on the big plays the Broncos have allowed?
The No Fly Zone has been giving up some big plays. No defense, no matter how good, can prevent all big plays (at least in the NFL). The 2000 Ravens gave up 33, 20+ yard passes and nine that were 40 or longer. They also allowed (only!) three runs of 20 yards or more and no runs of 40 or more. You find the same thing if you look at other elite defenses from the past 20 years in the NFL. They still give up the occasional big play. Some times the defense can do everything right and the opposing offense just makes a great play, but more often than not, when a big play happens, someone on the defense made a mistake. The No Fly Zone gave up a total of 32 passing plays of 20 yards or more in 2016. They have already allowed 10 so far this year, putting them on pace for about the same number that the 2015 version of the No Fly Zone allowed - 41. The Denver Broncos defense has also allowed one long run (the first run of the season against them went for 21 yards). I decided to try and determine what happened on the 11 big plays that our defense has allowed this year and the one big play that didn’t happen (Jared Cook’s dropped TD from last game). Here is a listing of them chronologically and then I will follow will film review to help us figure of what happened on most of these plays and why. Date Tm Quarter Time Down ToGo Location Score Detail Yds 9/11/2017 Chargers 1 12:30 1 15 SDG 6 0-0 Melvin Gordon left guard for 21 yards (tackle by Justin Simmons) 21 9/11/2017 Chargers 4 7:07 1 10 DEN 38 20-24 Philip Rivers pass complete deep left to Travis Benjamin for 38 yards, touchdown 38 9/17/2017 Cowboys 4 14:32 2 13 DEN 28 16-35 Dak Prescott pass complete deep left to Jason Witten for 28 yards, touchdown 28 9/24/2017 Bills 2 15:00 3 6 BUF 30 0-3 Tyrod Taylor pass complete short left to Jordan Matthews for 28 yards (tackle by Darian Stewart) 28 9/24/2017 Bills 2 14:07 2 8 DEN 40 0-3 Tyrod Taylor pass complete deep right to Kaelin Clay for 28 yards (tackle by Brandon Marshall) 28 9/24/2017 Bills 3 7:40 1 10 BUF 31 13-16 Tyrod Taylor pass complete deep left to Nick O'Leary for 31 yards 31 9/24/2017 Bills 3 6:54 2 3 DEN 31 13-16 Tyrod Taylor pass complete deep right to Jordan Matthews for 25 yards (tackle by Chris Harris) 25 10/1/2017 Raiders 2 4:33 3 6 RAI 16 10-7 Derek Carr pass complete short right to Jalen Richard for 20 yards (tackle by Darian Stewart) 20 10/1/2017 Raiders 2 3:46 1 10 RAI 36 10-7 Derek Carr pass complete deep right to Johnny Holton for 64 yards, touchdown 64 10/1/2017 Raiders 4 8:03 1 10 RAI 18 16-7 EJ Manuel pass complete deep left to Jared Cook for 28 yards (tackle by Todd Davis) 28 10/1/2017 Raiders 4 7:30 1 10 RAI 46 16-7 EJ Manuel pass complete short middle to Seth Roberts for 22 yards (tackle by Chris Harris) 22 10/1/2017 Raiders 4 5:32 3 10 DEN 20 16-7 E.Manuel pass incomplete deep middle to J.Cook. 0 Gordon’s big run The Chargers started with a false start so they are in 1st and 15. They’ve got their fullback offset, TE right and twins left. We are in our base with a single high safety deep (Justin Simmons out of the picture), Darian Stewart is walked up to 5 yards from the LOS. Chris Harris Jr and Aqib Talib are showing man coverage. San Diego LA runs a trap by pulling their LG. Derek Wolfe does what you are supposed to do when you feel a trap block, dive to clog the hole. Shaq Barrett gets blocked well by their FB. Brandon Marshall gets held by their RT (shown circled in red while getting hugged). Domata Peko and Adam Gotsis are just out of reach of Gordon when he slips through the hole. Stewart gets caught in the wash and Melvin Gordon is running free until Simmons can bring him down 21 yards later. Without the un-called holding penalty, this would have been a two or three yard gain as Marshall would have easily made the stop. No real blame on the D for this big play. Travis Benjamin’s 38-yd TD catch Prior to this play Stewart, Harris and Will Parks are all talking about who is covering whom. LA has 4 receivers with Antonio Gates and Travis [...]
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Broncos-Giants injury update: The Giants are down a lot of players this week
The New York Giants will be down eight players this week and that doesn’t even include Odell Beckham or Brandon Marshall. The Denver Broncos will have no excuses if they somehow lose to the winless and hapless New York Giants. Those tend to be the worst kinds of games, since winning in the NFL is almost always razor thin. The Broncos will be without Cody Latimer and Paxton Lynch again this week, but other than that it will be all hands on deck. However, the Giants will be without a lot of starter-quality talent. STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play. [...]
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‘Thursday Night Football’ Snares 14.6M Viewers, Down Despite Eagles’ Win – Update
UPDATED, 2:05 PM: Last night’s Thursday Night Football turns out to be, to paraphrase Herman’s Hermits, a case of third verse same as the first. With the final numbers now in, the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the Carolina Panthers game saw the City of Brotherly Love team win, the national anthem not shown and CBS and the NFL Network down from last week. Snagging 14.6 million viewers over the two outlets, the 2017-2018 Week 6 match-up is down 5% from the New England Patriots victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [...]
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Broncos welcome Luke Kellerman for a special day a year after he inspired 'Fight Like A Bronco'
Two years ago, Luke Kellerman was diagnosed with cancer. A year later, his efforts resulted in the Broncos' "Fight Like A Bronco" campaign, and on Friday he came to practice for a special day. [...]
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Ezekiel Elliott to miss Cowboys’ next six games after court reinstates suspension
The NFL’s six-game suspension of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott stemming from domestic violence allegations has been reinstated by a federal appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted the league’s request for an emergency stay of the injunction that was issued by a federal judge to keep Elliott’s suspension on hold while his case proceeds in court. The ruling by the appeals court cleared the way for the NFL to enforce Elliott’s suspension immediately, barring further legal intervention. The Cowboys, who have a record of 2-3, are on their bye week. They next play Oct. 22 at San Francisco. “Earlier today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the preliminary injunction that prohibited the league from imposing the six-game suspension issued to Ezekiel Elliott for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy,” the NFL said in a statement. “The Court also directed the district court to dismiss the union’s lawsuit which was filed on Elliott’s behalf. As a result, Elliott’s suspension will begin effective immediately. Elliott is eligible to return to the team on Friday, November 24 following the Cowboys’ Thursday, November 23 game against the Los Angeles Chargers.” Elliott will miss games against the 49ers, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Chargers if the suspension, which is without pay, stands. He will be eligible to return for Dallas’s Nov. 30 game against the rival Redskins. The Cowboys declined to comment “at this time” through a spokesman. The ruling came after oral arguments were conducted last week in New Orleans before a three-judge panel of the court. The league concluded after a lengthy investigation that Elliott was guilty of violence in a series of incidents last year involving his former girlfriend. Authorities in Columbus, Ohio, did not charge Elliott with a crime. League-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson rejected the NFL Players Association’s appeal on Elliott’s behalf and upheld the suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under the sport’s personal conduct policy. Related ArticlesOctober 12, 2017 Carson Wentz throws 3 TD passes, Eagles beat Panthers 28-23 October 12, 2017 The NFL could mandate players stand for the anthem. Players, Broncos included, are divided in their opinions. October 12, 2017 John Kelly pushes back against perception of White House chaos October 12, 2017 Carter: Martin Luther King Jr.’s lesson for NFL protesters October 12, 2017 Diddy’s solution to the NFL’s anthem controversy? He’ll buy the league. The whole league. The NFLPA took its challenge to federal court in Texas. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant granted the NFLPA’s request for a preliminary injunction. Mazzant ruled that Elliott did not receive a fair appeal hearing before Henderson, in large part because Elliott’s accuser and Goodell did not testify. The NFL, maintaining that it adhered properly to the sport’s disciplinary procedures, quickly sought the intervention of the New Orleans-based appeals court. The NFL previously prevailed at the appellate level in cases involving Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady in which the NFLPA challenged disciplinary measures and scored victories at the district court level. In Brady’s case, his four-game suspension for his alleged role in the Deflategate scandal was enforced at the outset of last season after he played the entire 2015 season based on a ruling by a federal judge. Elliott, the league’s leading rusher last season as a rookie, has totaled 393 rushing yards in five games this season. [...]
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Broncos rule out WR Cody Latimer, Giants rule out seven players
Broncos receiver Cody Latimer will miss his second consecutive game because of a knee injury. Head coach Vance Joseph said Friday that Latimer, as well as quarterback Paxton Lynch, are ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants. Latimer has been dealing with patellar tendinitis since the preseason and aggravated the injury in the Broncos’ Week 3 loss at Buffalo. During the bye week, he underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy, according to 9News, and is hopeful of returning for the Broncos’ Oct. 22 game against the Chargers in Los Angeles. Lynch has been nursing a right shoulder sprain and has not practiced since the start of the season. This week he resumed throwing, but still has no timetable for a return. “Again, it’s a right shoulder injury and it’s his throwing shoulder,” Joseph said. “We want to be careful with that and make sure he’s right before he comes back.” Giants depleted. The Giants lost three receivers — Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris — to season-ending injuries this past Sunday. But New York will arrive in Denver with an even more depleted roster. Defensive end Olivier Vernon, receiver Sterling Shepard, linebacker Jonathan Casillas, defensive end Romeo Okwara, running back Paul Perkins and center Weston Richburg have all been ruled out for Sunday’s game, along with cornerback Dominique Cromatie-Rodgers, who was suspended Wednesday. Safety Landon Collins is listed as questionable to play. Related ArticlesOctober 13, 2017 Broncos Q&A: Brandon Marshall opens up about NFL’s national anthem controversy October 13, 2017 Garett Bolles hasn’t been perfect. But he’s so far proven why the Broncos wanted him. October 13, 2017 Giants at Broncos: Who has the edge? October 12, 2017 The NFL could mandate players stand for the anthem. Players, Broncos included, are divided in their opinions. October 12, 2017 Broncos’ Von Miller: “You have to be desperate for a win or it’s not going to happen.” “I think it makes it more complicated because you’re kind of unsure of what they’re going to come out with,” Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said. “I think we’ll know in the first 15 plays what they want to do, but I imagine them trying to create mismatches. They have a tight end (Evan Engram) that ran a 4.4 (40-yard dash). They’re going to definitely try to get him the ball. They have a good receiver/running back in Shane Vareen. They’re going to try to get him the ball. I think the linebackers and the safeties just have to be on top of our game this week. Obviously everyone does. They’re going to try to establish the run because they have to run the ball, but we just got to be on our game.” Kicker evals. During the bye week, Broncos coaches and players did extensive self-scouting to evaluate their play through the first quarter of the season and look to improve for the remaining three quarters. The assessments extended to kicker Brandon McManus, too. McManus, who signed a new contract before the season opener, has made seven of his 10 field-goal attempts and all 11 of his extra-point attempts. “He’s not where he wants to be, he’s not where he needs to be, he ‘s not where we want him to be. He knows that,” Broncos special-teams coordinator Brock Olivo said. “He’s a great pro, he’s been working double on his tweaks there and making sure he’s right and seeing the target and following through. He’s had a really good past two weeks of practice. Brandon is a great pro and he’s going to fix it, no question.” [...]
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Broncos Q&A: Brandon Marshall opens up about NFL’s national anthem controversy
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall kneeled during the national anthem for seven games last season to protest social inequalities in the United States. He followed the lead of former 49ers quarterback and his University of Nevada teammate, Colin Kaepernick, and faced the consequences that came with his actions. Marshall lost a pair of endorsements. He lost fans. He received multiple hate-filled messages and letters. He watched a man burn an orange T-shirt on the steps of the Broncos’ practice facility. But behind the scenes, Marshall also met with Denver Police Chief Robert White, spoke to local elementary school students in an effort to raise attendance and developed a program, the Williams-Marshall Cares Leadership Program, to expose teens in Las Vegas and Denver to leaders in both communities. Broncos players decided as a team they would stand following their Week 3 protest in Buffalo. But the anthem controversy has ballooned into a national debate that was stoked by inflammatory comments from President Donald Trump and has led to meetings between league owners and players about how to temper the flames. Next week in New York City, owners will convene for their annual fall meeting and discussion of the anthem is slated to be atop their agenda. Ahead of the meeting, and ahead of the Broncos’ Week 6 game against the New York Giants, Marshall spoke to The Denver Post and other local media Friday about the latest developments. Q: As the broader conversation of the anthem continues, do you find yourself more empowered or more exhausted by it? A: “I’m not exhausted by any means. I kind of feel like the narrative has shifted a little bit to Trump and his comments. I would say I’m empowered by it more than I’m exhausted.” Q: (Owners) will meet next week and discuss the anthem. If they force you guys to stand, do you have an opinion? A: “No, I don’t think Mr. Ellis (Broncos CEO Joe Ellis) or Vance (Joseph) would force us to stand. I think they’re all for players doing whatever they believe is right, which I respect from them. I heard what (Titans receiver) Rishard Matthews said — that’s my friend, I went to college with him — that he’d quit. I’m not sure how true that is because he ended up deleting the tweet. But you never know, he might. “It’s just a money thing. They don’t want lose sponsorships, potentially lose money from TV ads, I don’t know, the military, all of that. That’s really what it is. They’re trying to protect their business, which is one thing I do understand.” Q: Where would the players’ platform move? Is it working more visibly in the community? A: “It’ll be that, but how much an impact would it have attention-wise? The anthem has gotten everyone’s attention in the whole United States, if not the world maybe. Every time we do something in the community, you guys (media) might tweet it out, might say something, but it doesn’t get national attention. The anthem protest is very controversial. That’s what sells newspapers, the controversy and the drama. Which is why Kaepernick thought it was the perfect platform, which it was. “Because now, look, we’re all talking about it. It’s gone so far they might make us try to stand, the president is saying stuff about it. But some people say, ‘Go to the police stations in kneel,’ or ‘Go to the police stations and have conversations.’ I’ve had conversations. But protesting on our day off, it could work too. It’ll be tough, though.” Q: Has the league or NFL Players Association reached out to you to be a part of the discussions next week? A: “No. I might need to check my email, but nobody’s reached out to me about anything.” Q: Would you want to be a part of it? A: “Yeah, I would want to. But I don’t think they want the players to be a part of it. The NFLPA, they could probably bring us in, but I doubt the owners want the players’ opinions and say-so in that.” Q: Why do you think they don’t want your opinion? A: “Because we have a voice. We have a voice and sometimes it could be to the detriment of what they want to accomplish. So we get in there and we start speaking and start doing this and it’ll be too much riff or too many arguments. But our agenda is not what their agenda is. Their agenda is the business, continuing to making money. The NFL makes the most money of any sport — that’s their agenda. Our agenda is — we love to play. We love to play and we want to get paid, but at the same time if we have a platform, we have a voice and if we feel strongly about something, we want to use that. But they’ve been honest they don’t care about that.” Related ArticlesOctober 13, 2017 Broncos rule out WR Cody Latimer, Giants [...]
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Future Broncos: Tight End prospects
The Denver Broncos have relied upon A.J. Derby, Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman at the tight end position this season and have had mixed results. Jake Butt could see playing time soon, but the Broncos would be wise to add another tight end to their roster via the 2018 NFL Draft. One of the hallmark’s of Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy’s offenses is having multiple tight ends who can be threats as receivers, but also contribute as blockers in the running game. A dynamic tight end capable of being a legitimate threat in both phases of the game is a dynamic that often separates the great offenses from the good offenses. The Denver Broncos have relied upon the trio of A.J. Derby, Virgil Green and Jeff Heuerman for their production at the position this season, and the results have only been so-so. Derby leads the three-headed production race with eight catches on twelve targets for 114 yards and a touchdown. Green comes in second, catching six of his seven targets for 73 yards and one score. Heuerman ranks last, catching only two of his six targets and amassing 35 yards. With the trio’s production combined, that is sixteen total catches for 222 yards and two scores. When divided by the number of games played, Denver’s group of tight ends are averaging four catches and roughly 55 yards a game. ICYMI: OC Mike McCoy's focus on tight-end play diversifies #Broncos' offense | by @sdrotar https://t.co/LPjrcV305q— Mile High Sports (@MileHighSports) October 2, 2017 That’s okay production, but it certainly isn’t great either — especially when it’s compared to players across the league. At this point in time, I think it’s safe to say that neither of the aforementioned will be more than serviceable players and are best suited as reserve players in this league. Furthermore, that sentiment would indicate that they are certainly replaceable commodities. Derby and Heuerman’s contracts run through the end of the 2018 season, while Green is in the final year of his contract. If I was John Elway, I’d be looking for better options than them for the long-term. Yet, for all the mediocrity the Broncos have endured at the tight end position for many seasons now — the franchise does have a wildcard at the position that could pay big dividends later this season and beyond. Rookie tight end and former high-profile Michigan product Jake Butt should see playing time in the near future, but expect the team to be cautious with getting him up to speed and acclimated to the rigors of the NFL. Butt was considered to be an early round selection in last year’s draft, but an ACL injury (his second) suffered in Michigan’s bowl game against Florida State caused him to slide to the draft’s third day due to medical concerns. Butt is back, almostOn Monday, Jake Butt will take the field for the first time. He could help #Broncos soon, toohttps://t.co/tB4U6VaLHD pic.twitter.com/BHJwkEolKt— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensBSN) October 11, 2017 I believe Jake Butt, if he stays healthy, can become a high-profile starter in this league. However, regardless of his potential, I think the Broncos would be wise to find him a future partner in next year’s draft. The 2018 NFL Draft’s crop of talent at the tight end position is much less favorable than last year’s fantastic group of prospects, but there are still several collegiate players who have flashed potential and could become significant contributors in the NFL. Here are a few names to consider and keep your eye on for the rest of the collegiate football season. Mark Andrews, TE — Oklahoma If you are someone who is looking for a prospect with star caliber talent look no further. Underclassman Mark Andrews of Oklahoma is one of this year's top eligible tight ends for the NFL Draft and could be a Pro-Bowl caliber player in the pros. As a sophomore he reeled in 31 catches for 489 yards and seven touchdowns and is on pace to be better this year. Through five games of his junior season, Andrews has 19 catches for 355 yards and two touchdowns and his 18.7 yards per reception is one of the best in the collegiate ranks. He is one of Baker Mayfield’s favorite targets and an absolute mismatch for most teams to defend against. Who is Mark Andrews? 5 things to know about the Oklahoma tight end #T1D https://t.co/noUtPL5Cla— Project BlueNovember (@PBlueNovember) September 10, 2017 Not only does he have great size at 6’5 and 245 pounds — he has great hands and runs very crisp routes. He is utilized in many ways with the Sooners, which should have offensive coordinators drooling about his ability at the next level. I see him as a three-down player who will have tremendous value as a red zone threat, but also as a vertical threat and chess piece between the 20’s. His athleticism and speed is solid for the position, but a good showing at the NFL Combine or his Pro Day (if he declares) could throw him in the conversation to be a first-round selection. In [...]
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