Poll results:First I would like to start with the result of the poll that has been running for the last few weeks. After Doom signed his new deal I was asking how many sacks Doom would get this year and a week later he got injured. So I have been asking the last few weeks who would sack the QB this year for us. The winner with 5 votes was...Tim Tebow...? Ok so maybe I voted a few to many times for him, (you seen his guns?). The votes for the others where all very similar across Ayers, Haggan and Moss. But it looks like Moss and Ayers will be doing the sacking this year as Haggan has been moved back inside to the 'Mike' linebacker.
Other News:The 18 game season is picking up a bit of speed in the last few days. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league ownership has shown overwhelming support of the change. They didn't approve an 18-game regular season at the Special League Meeting, but opted instead to discuss options to propose to the NFL Players Association and business partners. The "enhanced" schedule would change from 4 pre-season and 16 regular season games to 2 pre-season and 18 regular season contests. They didn't approve the 18 game season as the Owners want to include it in the next collective bargaining agreement and would be ready for the 2012 season. One player that has come out and said he would support it is Terrell Owens, but that isn't saying much.
In other news the league has approved the purchase of the Rams by Stan Kroenke. To comply with the NFL's cross-ownership policy, Kroenke will transfer, by the end of the year, the financial interest of the NHL's Avalanche and the NBA's Nuggets to his son, Josh. The purchase of the Rams is rumoured to be around 750 million dollars.
Signings:There was only one signing this week, as the Broncos were assigned Tight End Kory Sperry off waivers. The Dolphins released the second-year tight end from Colorado State at the start of the week. The next day the Broncos had picked up the 6-foot-4, 238-pound tight end. He notched three catches for 31 yards and a touchdown in eight games, including one start, as a rookie with the Dolphins last season. He is currently in number 45 for the team but may struggle to make the 53 roster. He will most likely end up on the practice squad.
Cuts:There were a number of cuts this week as the Broncos start to cut down their roster. They have to get to 75 players on the roster by the 31st of August. The Broncos first waived RB Tony Baker, OL Kirk Barton, and WR Patrick Carter. This was then followed by the surprise cut of Akin Ayodele. The Broncos said that it was so he could catch on with another team and that they had moved Haggan back inside. Also could be that Moss has been playing well and like 80# said our best linebackers are Ayers, Haggan, DJ and Moss. That could be the starting Linebacking corps. I think it was a good cut as Akin misses tackles like anything, Nate Webster like. Then probably the best cut of the five was the release of Tyler Polumbus who had struggled this camp and last year playing LT. Because of this he tumbled down the depth chart and was finally released. He was claimed off waivers by the Lions a few days later.
Injuries:There was only one injury to report from the last few days of training as Demaryius Thomas who had recently returned to practice re-injured his surgically repaired left foot. X-Rays and an MRI were taken to see if there was a stress fracture in his troublesome left foot but they were clear. Vic Lombardi reports that the Broncos fear one of the screws in Thomas' left foot may have come loose. Further information hopefully to come.
Returning from Injuries:Now some good news as a lot of injured players made their way back to the practice field the last few days. We got two of our runningbacks as LenDale White and Correll Buckhalter returned to the practice field. We got a few defenders back as Champ Bailey and DJ Williams returned to practice too. Also Tim Tebow returned to practice this week after missing last weeks game. But the biggest name to return back to the practice field (and yes not Tebow) was the return of Ryan Clady to practice. After injuring his knee playing basketball a few months ago Clady returned to the practice field. He was limited and wore a no contact jersey but it is a good sign to see him back out there. For more see DP.com.
Game Preview:Now onto the Steelers game as it will be an interesting game as the starters are expected to play most of the game, about 3 quarters worth. It could be the first time we see DJ out there and Champ may also play. I think Buckhalter may be rested. Clady will not play. Also Tebow will not, as Brady Quinn will get the last quarter. LenDale White may see some action if he is ready to go.
So some things to watch out for in this game:
The line protection.
The run game.
How our Wide Receivers go and who sees some time with the ones. Would like to see Decker and Willis run a little with Orton.
And I am interested in our pass rush and how the first string linebackers line up.
And can Phonzy improve? Or is Cox got the jump?