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Published on 09/13/2010 at Mon Sep 13 10:54.
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When the Broncos win, the BT staff gives out game balls… when they lose, as they did Sunday to the Jaguars, we cry ourselves to sleep. And we highlight the good and the bad in our weekly Studs and Duds.

Brandon LloydStud: Brandon Lloyd

Lloyd! Couldn’t get enough of the number one Denver Broncos wide receiver. Brandon Lloyd looked great, hauling in five catches for 117 yards, and almost made Denver fans wonder, “Bey-Bey who?” Where are they going to fit all these guys? Lloyd was handpicked by Kyle Orton and signed by Denver to give Orton some familiarity. He emerged last season in the final two games and has been golden every since. -Ian Henson

Correll BuckhalterDud: Correll Buckhalter

15 yards rushing (2.5 avg.) and the crucial fumble that turned the tide in the game early. Whereas Knowshon Moreno didn’t show the rust from not playing all pre-season “Buck” had a very bad outing Sunday. -Josh Temple

D.J. WilliamsStud: D.J. Williams

The Broncos were a mixed bag when it came to tackling Sunday, but one linebacker was consistent in pursuit, coverage, and gap discipline, and that was captain D.J. Williams. It was clearly part of the gameplan to have Williams cover Maurice Jones-Drew in the passing game, and DJ didn’t let MJD out of his sights, holding him to three catches for 15 yards. Williams finished with 11 tackles, more than twice any other Bronco, and showed he can be a foundation on which the linebackers can rely in this year of transition. -Kyle

Dud: Secondary

Anyone who played coverage. Isn’t Denver supposed to have one of best secondaries is the NFL? Champ Bailey just lost some leverage on his extension by getting burned by Mike Thomas on several occasions. The Jaguars didn’t pass often, but when they did they made it count, leaving QB David Garrard to a career-high passer rating. Denver just stood there and watched. -Mr. East

Ryan McBeanDud: Ryan McBean

McBean’s two 15-yard facemask penalties on the Jaguars’ game-winning fourth quarter drive effectively made him an agent for the enemy. Those penalties represented over one-third of the yards (30 of 83) the Jaguars needed to seal the game. As McDaniels would say, your job is to prevent the movement of the football, not aid it. Do your job. -Kyle

Agree or disagree with our takes? Anyone not make the list who deserves a mention? Your Studs and Duds in the comments.

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    Great addition with D.J. there Kyle. Whenever I start to get down on the guy he comes and gives us a game like this. Loved the play where he helped stuff MJD.

    That much can't be said for Shawn Merriman.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82pO-l4o5LQ

  • roshon2411

    Duds: Coaching Staff

    Penalties, 10 men on the field, Richard Quinn. Very raiders-esque. I know players have their own responsibility too, but if they don't get it, then give them the pink slip.

    Stud: Matt Prater

    I have to admit I was wrong on Prater. Thought he always had a big leg, but was a mental case.

    Prediction this week 27-24 Broncos over Seahawks.

    I have a feeling this game will be a lot like Cowboys-Broncos game last year.

  • herc_rock

    Dud: kick coverage units

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Prater is a definite add. He made history with that 54-yarder, becoming the most accurate kicker from 50+ yards in NFL history (min 10 attempts). He's made 8 of 10 in his career, next closest was about 0.73 accuracy from that range.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Agreed. Cost us the game.

  • Kingmidas32

    McBean had a good game despite the penalties. The penalties were dumb and very crucial but the guy is still a very talented player who has yet to reach his potential.

  • herc_rock

    That looked like one of our strengths coming out of the pre-season, too. Very dissapointing.

  • iskabibble

    Think Buckhalter may be done, sadly.

  • areferee

    Dud: Almost anywhere in the entire state of Florida except in January when we are *ss-deep to a tall Nugget in snow…

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    He did, but not such a good game to excuse those mistakes.

  • herc_rock

    The penalties were inexcusible. I don't care if the guy had 10 sacks prior to that point.

  • hope

    I miss Mike Shannahan he was a winner.Broncos play like high schoolers yester day to many mistakes that only high schoolers should make.BOOOO!

  • inrodwetrust

    Random Fan pick:

    Stud: Eddie Royal, loved seeing him make plays again
    Dud: Ryan Clady, one of my favorite players but he just plain got beat. I hope he can get his confidence back in his knee!

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Orton deserves a fair portion of the blame for those sacks too. Clady looked good in run blocking, found a lot of room on left stretch plays. Larsen looked good too.

  • mikebirty

    Duds: R Quinn. Whenever Zo Smith or Hillis were given a chance they worked their ass off to try and prove to the coaches they were worth a roster spot – sometimes you could see them trying too hard but Quinn gets his chance and can't even line up right.

    Studs: The Zebras. Even though that call on the Lloyd catch on the 4th down went against the Broncos it was correct and if we're gonna get on their backs when they make mistakes they should get some recognition when they're right.

    Moreno gets a “better than expected but not in the Stud category” grade

  • Billberger32

    I can't believe no one has commented on that 4th and 3 call with 4+ minutes to go?!?!?!?! Why not get the 1st down, then take a crack at scoring and winding the clock down a bit??

  • denverfanindallas
  • herc_rock

    That wasn't that hard of a call. Half his foot was out.

    That back judge in Chicago is the stud.

  • herc_rock

    STUD: Kevin Harlan. Best PBP guy on TV.

  • Gary_in_SD

    Looking at the box scores afterwards, one would have to think that it was a good effort. Maybe it was, but to me it seemed like an overall lackluster one from most of the team. Yeah there were a couple of standouts, but everywhere things kept seeming to go wrong… They did play well enough to give me hope for the season and that maybe I can blame the heat for this one.

  • Gary_in_SD

    Good thing there wasn't a mike on McDaniels like at the Giants game last season. I think the rant he was blasting at McBean might have made that one seem PG!

  • areferee

    The “heat” should continue…focused on the coaching staff!

  • Darwin

    Got to get the linemen healthy. Ryan Harris just might be the most valuable lineman on this team. Look what happened last year when he went out. Clady will come around–he just needs more reps. I do love to watch Walton-he is a stud.

  • Nick Shadow

    They have to find a pass rush. There is nothing wrong in the secondary, but any Pro QB will eat any secondary alive if he has time to do his nails before throwing. It could also be a grudging hats off to the Jack O line. A few more games before we know which.

    Nick

  • Rob_Bronco

    I was at the game yesterday (holy heat!).

    Studs: I was impressed with Ayers movement all over the field. Although he only had 5 tackles yesterday, he was all over the field and recorded the team's only sack. He looked a lot more active than he was last year.

    Duds: McDaniels for calling that STUPID endzone play on 4th and 3 with 5 minutes left. There were a number of plays that should have been called there. I think that was a huge turning point in the game because it shifted the momentum back to Jacksonville. Orton is my other “dud” pick. I know he threw for nearly 300 yards yesterday. But we counted 5 different plays where the ball was “incomplete” because the pass led the receiver out of bounds and a few of them were on third down (not to mention the incomplete TD). Those passes have to be thrown where the receiver can catch it them.

  • http://twitter.com/dxmanning Joshua Manning

    How but Kyle Orton as a “Stud”??? He threw for more that 200yd in that game

  • http://twitter.com/dxmanning Joshua Manning

    How but Kyle Orton as a “Stud”??? He threw for more that 200yd in that game

  • http://twitter.com/dxmanning Joshua Manning

    How but Kyle Orton as a “Stud”??? He threw for more than 200yd in that game

  • http://twitter.com/dxmanning Joshua Manning

    How but Kyle Orton as a “Stud”??? He threw for more than 200yd in that game

  • http://www.broncotalk.net Josh Temple

    Really? I thought he was terrible. Not once did I know Tebow was in for a play until it was mid play or he was leaving the field. Typically a changing of the QBs is something the PBP guy makes obvious to the viewer.

  • inrodwetrust

    True Orton was not on spot, but I thought Clady did not seem like his former force field self. I did not notice Larson but I will take your word for it. I think I would also give a consolatory Stud to J.D. Walton, Zane Beadles, and Stanley Daniels for one hell of an effort and playing ok for such a new group.

  • Spector174

    Too many people are making Ortons stats as though he had a great game, but in Mcd offense even an average qb will have great stats, I want a qb that will make the play that give the broncos a win and orton the game manager will never be that guy.

  • http://twitter.com/sodahawk kd

    at first i say nah but then i remember hillis

  • http://twitter.com/sodahawk kd

    ya i say go for the 1st or maybe even the 3? but then a lot of times you can catch them napping on a 4th and short but that 3 yards isn't short to the broncos its more like medium.

  • http://twitter.com/sodahawk kd

    i am pretty sure he said “money” mike thomas was a Sun Devil when actually he is Wildcat this is inexcusable!

  • http://twitter.com/sodahawk kd

    that was pretty crappy when orton took that 3rd down sack at the start of the game with empty backfield to knock them out of FG range just like he did last year versus cinci.

  • Rcsodak

    hahahahaha…..1 game told you that?

    hahahahahaha

  • Rcsodak

    Well, to be fair, on the one sack, he was given help by Daniels, who succinctly WHIFFED at the block. Pretty sad effort…even sadder effect.

  • Rcsodak

    Well, to be fair, on the one sack, he was given help by Daniels, who succinctly WHIFFED at the block. Pretty sad effort…even sadder effect.

  • iskabibble

    Yes, he may be done… One game does tell me that, but then again I'm a close observer of the game as opposed to just a smug smart-ass.

  • herc_rock

    He mentioned that Tebow was in on the two plays he lined up in the shotgun. I didn't hear him mention the time he lined up at wideout.

    Harlan gives you down and distance, formation, motion, defensive alignments and pre-snap movement, etc. on every play. Only radio guys do that anymore. It's a shame he's forced to work with Solomon Wilcotts.

  • iskabibble

    Just picked up Maroney..how ya like me now biatch

  • iskabibble

    Just picked up Maroney..how ya like me now biatch