Broncos vs. Raiders: No Bull Answers

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Broncos vs. Raiders: No Bull Answers

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This week we had a big focus on the trenches for the Denver Broncos. Here are my takeaways from watching the game and my review work Monday:What is making the offensive line look so good early in the season?I hate to throw out a fluff statement White Derek Wolfe Jersey , but they just look right. The linemen to a man are engaging their blocks, holding their ground (for the most part), and most importantly understanding their reads on stunts with excellent execution.I really think they look like a far better coached line than the past two years is my initial take. One week isn’t going to give me a clear picture, so this is something I plan to follow up on later in the season as we grow the sample size we’re working with.How are the interior linemen on the front seven doing as far as stopping the run?Domata Peko, Derek Wolfe, Shelby Harris, Adam Gotsis, and Zach Kerr are doing a pretty darn good job up front of eating up blockers. The rotation is really more focused on what most guys think of a typical 3-4 defense doing with their down linemen: get push and eat up multiple blockers to let your linebackers Brandon Marshall and Todd Davis attack the ball. Note: I’m seeing this as a focus shift in what the DC is doing / what talent we have on the field. DeMarcus Walker is our one lineman that I see as a 1-gap attacker. Most of the guys in front of him can do that a little, but are more about holding their blocks and crashing in on runs that come to their gaps. It will be interesting to see if Walker gets any snaps this season and if the defensive focus shifts with him on the field.Who is generating interior pass rush either by collapsing the pocket or straight up getting hits on the QB?This was a poor example of a game to really look at this. The Oakland Raiders get rid of the ball far too fast to see if there’s any serious internal pressure being generated. Add in the defense playing a lot of off man coverage, and there was never enough time for the interior pass rushers to seriously make an impact.Is Marquette King going to step up his game?This was a fun story line to look at against his former team, but ended up largely being rather boring (like most punting is in the NFL).In general, he did improve his net average over week 1 so the answer at the end of the day is, “Yes.”What did you learn from this game?We’re only 2 weeks into the season, but I think you guys know the drill. Share your thoughts below on what answers you found. If you posted questions in last week’s question post, paste them below and share!Connor McGovern’s development critical for Broncos’ offensive line success Good morning, Broncos Country.For several years the Denver Broncos have been trying to find consistency on the offensive line. One of the primary issues fans have come to grimace about is the team’s inability to find a high-caliber right tackle over the past few years. Whether it was acquiring Menelik Watson or Donald Stephenson in free agency or missing early on in the NFL Draft with Ty Sambrailo or Michael Schofield the franchise hasn’t had much luck anchoring down the right side of the line. But the constant game of offensive line musical chairs hasn’t ended at the right tackle position, it has also been going on the interior for quite some time as well. Allen Barbre, Evan Mathis and Louis Vasquez were all free agent acquisitions who saw significant time as starters since 2015. The team drafted Max Garcia in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and he has started 37 games since then, but hasn’t been a high-level performer, though valued because of his versatility. Last year , the Broncos threw a boatload of money at Ronald Leary in free agency hoping he could be a stalwart on the interior for years to come. He was an impact performer at right guard for eleven games before missing the five games due to injury — but that’s was the big question with Leary when he was signed — could he stay healthy?When Leary went down, the Broncos called upon 2016 fifth round selection Connor McGovern to replace him. He struggled in his first few games, but down the final stretch he started to hit his groove and perform well. Throughout the offseason, McGovern has been the starter at right guard for the franchise and doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy of revoking that spot anytime soon. In fact, Head Coach Vance Joseph praised the third-year player for his consistency and growth over the past year.“Connor has played well since last year, about Week 15 to now. He’s been a consistent performer. I’ve been really impressed with Connor,” stated Joseph. “He’s smart, he’s tough and he doesn’t make mistakes. That’s huge when you’re a starting guard on the offense,” he added.McGovern graded out as one of the top players on offense in the Broncos’ loss to the Bears this past Saturday, but wasn’t just locked in at just one position. With rookie Sam Jones being sidelined by injury, McGovern also saw time at center, proving that he’s one of the most versatile lineman on the roster. His continued development should pay big dividends for the Broncos this year and help the offensive line become a unit of strength, as opposed to one of great concern for the coming season — which is also something Joseph acknowledged.“I think it allowed us to have our five guys that we know can play and kind of find three more guys who can be swing guys for us,” stated Joseph. “When you have five guys you feel good about, it allows you to play five together for a long period of time so you can gain some chemistry, so you can play well together. That’s key with offensive line play, having great chemistry.”Here is to hoping that the Broncos’ revamped offensive line consisting of Garett Bolles, Ronald Leary, Matt Paradis, Connor McGovern and Jared Veldheer can play at a high level this coming season and give Case Keenum and the rest of the Broncos’ offense a chance to do something special on the field.As always Youth Marquette King Jersey , thank you for reading and here is today’s offering of Horse Tracks.Horse TracksDemaryius Thomas exchanges autographed jersey for challenge coins — 'the best things today' — from military airmanThomas got two coins from a service member visiting for the USAA’s Salute to Service NFL Boot Camp.With special teams tackle, Alexander Johnson shows off natural physical abilityHead Coach Vance Joseph emphasized, though, that Johnson needs to be in more meetings and play more football as the preseason continues.John Elway needs to take some blame if the Broncos don’t win this yearJohn Elway's start as a general manager was aided by Peyton Manning and Elway hasn't been as good since Manning retired.Taste of the Broncos Q&A with chefs Troy Guard and Lon SymensmaWith less than a month before Taste of the Broncos presented by King Soopers on Sept. 10, we spoke to two of Denver's top chefs about why they love being part of the event.Pat Bowlen: How Broncos owner, on cusp of Hall of Fame, changed Denver 34 years agoThey were all young back then, when the Broncos’ cramped headquarters were north of downtown and the organization had made one Super Bowl in 24 seasons of existence.Back healthy, Clinton McDonald bolstering Broncos' defensive line depthBroncos defensive lineman Clinton McDonald knows how to rush the quarterback. His 18 sacks over the last five years for Seattle and Tampa Bay are evidence.Panthers' D.J. Moore cited for driving 113 mph in work zone - NFL.comPanthers coach Ron Rivera says rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore was "chastised" after the first-round draft pick from Maryland was cited for driving approximately 113 mph in a work zone in Interstate 77 in Charlotte, North Carolina.Ravens CB Jimmy Smith suspended for four games - NFL.comThe Ravens will be without their top cornerback for the first quarter of the season. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was suspended without pay for four games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.Competition Committee to discuss helmet rule Wed. - NFL.comA Competition Committee conference call has been scheduled for Wednesday, in which the helmet rule will be discussed, a source briefed on the plans told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.Steelers' Eli Rogers suspended for first game of season - NFL.comThe Pittsburgh Steelers won't have Eli Rogers for the regular-season opener. The wide receiver has been suspended one game for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.Adrian Peterson: Redskins offer 'great opportunity' - NFL.comAdrian Peterson is looking forward to bringing his experience to the Washington Redskins' running back corps, and says people who think he's too old to contribute "don't know football."Next Gen Stats: Evaluating first-round rookie QBs - NFL.comWith the help of some handy throw-selection maps, here's what we can conclude from the Preseason Week 2 showings from Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson.Doug Marrone doesn't care about Pederson's remarks - NFL.comJaguars coach Doug Marrone didn't take issue with statements from Eagles coach Doug Pederson critical of how Jacksonville managed the clock in its AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.
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