two preseason games, and panic is spreading throughout bronco nation.
as the broncos adjust to an influx of new players, coaches, and systems, it's not a surprise that everything is not clicking right from jump. relax. it's preseason.
this will be a different kind of year for the broncos. they will occasionally stumble as they get out of the gate, start to hit stride around midseason, and finish the year strong. total opposite of a typical bronco season, but get used to it.
injuries have become a concern. ebenezer ekuban and warrick holdman are lost for the season. ben hamilton (concussion) has yet to play in a preseason game. brandon stokley will play in his first this weekend. travis henry, mike bell, adam meadows, curome cox, jarvis moss, and tim crowder are dinged up. the broncos first and foremost need to make it out of preseason healthy.
other random thoughts:
i don't like the idea of gerard warren in silver & black. whatever he really did to earn a trip to siberia, we will never know.
john browning is a decent pickup, but his health is a big question mark. jarvis moss will also have his opportunity, but i like tim crowder as the replacement for ekuban.
dj williams seems to be having a difficult transition to mike. the learning curve for him is steep. the broncos will have to be patient with him. he has the physical tools to deliver, and the coaches claim he has what it takes mentally as well. what he lacks is game experience.
this is williams' time to shine, to show the world why the broncos selected him instead of steven jackson in the 2004 draft. oh yeah, and fill the beloved al wilson's shoes while he's at it. hey, but no pressure!
tackling has been poor, particularly in the angles that defenders are taking to the ballcarrier. this needs to be addressed immediately.
brandon marshall looks good. can't wait til stokley joins he and javon walker on the field.
kyle johnson may match his previous high five touchdown season.
because the broncos will play more press coverage this year, dre bly may put up better numbers than champ. champ will not put up the kind of numbers he has in the previous two seasons in larry coyer's system. don't get me wrong, champ is and will continue to be the best corner in football. it's the system.
jay cutler's arm does not look as strong to me as it did last year. is it me? i think tendinitis is bothering him more than the team is letting on. i hope it is not something he has to play through all year.
if travis henry stays healthy (big if), look out nfl.
the regular season is approaching.