Posted Sat Jul 3rd by Mr.East
Last year’s training camp was one of the most interesting in recent years for Denver fans and Bronco Talk was there for you. This year won’t be any different. As of yesterday I just finalized my plan to make it to a few days of the Denver Bronco’s training camp. Kyle and Jon will be there early on, as will Ian, and I will be there for four practices in the middle-to-late stage. Translation: Lots of training camp coverage.
So let us prepare for what we are about to witness. It’s time to stimulate some inter-cranial activity and highlight what just might be the most interesting parts of this year’s training camp.
5. Battle for the 3rd running back position.
Josh McDaniels may like J.J. Arrington a whole lot but that doesn’t mean he’s got the job in the bag. The competition is still wide open outside of the two incumbents (Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter). The Broncos have brought in some new younger guys such as Lance Ball, Toney Baker, Bruce Hall, and Kolby Smith who all have a fair chance at making the roster. Lance Ball and Toney Baker both had solid college careers and Kolby Smith has some NFL experience, so the door is wide open.
One thing to take into consideration is that there is a new sheriff in town at the running back coach position, Eric Studesville. Studesville brought in Bruce Hall, who was on the Buffalo Bills practice squad, so he might also have a viable chance.
4. The offensive line’s game of musical chairs
With both of the book end Ryan’s out for now (Ryan Clady and Ryan Harris) it’s time for the young guys to step up. It’s time to see where guys like Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Seth Olsen, Eric Olsen, and Tyler Polumbus line up. The thought of Clady being out for more than one offensive snap scares the living daylights out of me already. Keep in mind that the Broncos also have a new offensive line coach. Bob Wyliecomes back to the NFL after a long stint in the Canadian league. I’m excited to see what his training is all aboot (this is on purpose).
3. Don Martindale’s new system
Once again, the Broncos have a new defensive coordinator this year in Don ‘Wink’ Martindale. Wink comes from a 4-3 background so it will be interesting to see his take on Denver’s defense this year. Martindale coached the linebackers last year and the linebackers let everyone know after Mike Nolan left that they wanted Wink as their replacement. It will be very interesting to see how the players adapt to yet another new system.
2. Quarterback competition
Kyle Orton may be the starter and Brady Quinn may be his strongest competition, but all the attention will be on Tim Tebow. The Teebs gets a lot of flack for a myriad of things, but the one thing you can’t knock him for is his competitive spirit. Tebow will most likely throw some picks and a bunch of bonehead throws, but I guarantee he’ll draw “oooo’s” from the crowd on one or more occasion.
1. Wide receiver competition
Without a doubt the wide receiver competition will be the most intense battle at camp. Almost no one’s spot is safe. I will actually be surprised if Brandon Stokely makes the team this year, he’s been out with an injury through this offseason and there are plenty of guys lineup up to take his job. McDaniels will most likely keep 5-7 wide receivers this year.
The Broncos who don’t have to worry as much are Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker. That already is four spots this will leave guys like Matt Willis, Kenny McKinley, Brandon Lloyd, and yes Brandon Stokley all vying for the last few spots. So needless to say, it’s going to be one hell of a battle.