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Broncos Mini-Camp is wisely set late for a reason. The rookies currently have playbooks and access to coaching staff (to understand what is expected of them and encouraged to ask questions now) and facilities to work-out (as in get yourself in shape).
The Broncos expect that their rookies will be ready to know their assignments by mini-camp. The mini-camps that are set this month require the new players walk-through the plays, rather than know what reads and audibles mean. (If you recall Cutler was trying to digest the playbook to be prepared for mini-camp last year). You will notice the Broncos mini-camp has more live drills or scrimmages rather than teams that are in mini-camp now where they have individual position workouts. It just seems more productive to have the mini-camp later.
Last year I believe John Clayton wrote an article on this issue and cited several teams that are considering moving their mini-camps later for these very reasons.
• Stat of the week: Denver coach Mike Shanahan has dumped his leading rusher after each of the past four seasons. Tatum Bell rushed for 1,025 yards last year, and he was traded to Detroit this spring in the deal that brought the Broncos cornerback Dre' Bly. Mike Anderson was released after posting 1,014 yards in 2005. In 2004, Reuben Droughns ran for 1,240 yards and was traded to Cleveland for defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban and defensive tackle Michael Myers. And in 2003, Clinton Portis was swapped to Washington for cornerback Champ Bailey after rushing for 1,591 yards.
while we're on the subject, assuming mcfadden is drafted top five, is there any back yoiu guys would want? i'm surprised by the number of people who are giving us a running back (clearly it's early, but i would've figured the henry signing made that less of a possibility). i've also seen people argue that slaton doesn't fit our scheme. i'm curious as to why.
shanahan loves a one cut runner that can pound the ball, and doesn't do all this flashy juke bullcrap. slaton wouldn't provide an upgrade to henry in the ZBS. maybe im missing something here. care to enlighten me? I would love to get a guy like marlon lucky, as he has good size and speed, and is agile. seems like he has good vision, and could be an effective 5 yard per carry guy. lets see if he can stay healthy
this is never, ever good, when a young developing player gets hurt, but i am glad that it happened now rather then later. graham should also get some more reps which is beneficial, but this is bad news overall obviously
Well that blows. Scheffler was our 2nd best weapon last year with Jay. Marshall will need to step it up, which I'm confident he can, if effects linger for a while. We've got the makings of a GREAT young offense, I just realised. You got Mike Bell(if he can become great), Cutler, Marshall and Scheffler and Walker is still only like 27 or 28.