Posted Tue Aug 9th by Jon Heath
After two weeks of going over formations, alignments, routes and coverages, Bronco players are ready to hit someone other than their teammates for a change.
They’ll get a chance to do so on Thursday when the team faces the Dallas Cowboys, kicking off the 2011 preseason for both clubs. The game will be played at Cowboys Stadium at 6:30 pm (MT) and will be broadcast on KUSA-TV.
Denver’s coaching staff is as anxious to see the team play live for the first time this season, as are the fans.
“In camp you’re competing against each other. I think they’re all gonna (sic) be excited to play against somebody else and see how they measure up,” said Head Coach John Fox following Tuesday’s A.M. practice session in Dove Valley.
When asked about the quarterback rotation for Thursday’s game, Fox declined to expound further than to say the team has a plan. Fox did however note that the starters will probably see 12-15 plays before the second and third string players get a long look finishing out the game.
“We just started practicing less than two weeks ago for the first time, now it’s going to be our first opportunity as a staff — and myself as the head coach — to watch them play a game.”
Thursday’s game — and the other three remaining preseason games — will give some of the younger players a chance to prove they’re worthy of a roster spot. Many players who have not gotten a lot of reps in camp will be eager for an opportunity to impress in a live contest.
“I like to look at games with a little higher evaluation [than practice performances], we all evaluated by what we do in games,” said Fox.
While it doesn’t count for anything on paper, pride is still on the line — even in the preseason.
“I know this is a preseason game but you know, all these guys are competitors — including myself — and we’re there to win. It’s a lot more fun winning than losing.”