ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- I'm excited to kick off a new feature on DenverBroncos.com today -- a fan mailbag.
Over the past few days, I've taken your questions via Twitter and compiled them for the first edition of Gray Matter. For the record, my name is Gray. Get it?
The hope is that this will become at least a weekly feature. Anyway, let's get to the questions.
There are a number of names that come to mind. It would be a good year for linebacker
With Elvis Dumervil out of the picture, Ayers is currently slotted as the team's starter at right defensive end. In his first four seasons, Ayers has shown flashes -- he posted the longest fumble-return touchdown by a rookie in club history in 2009 and notched two sacks in the team's 2011 postseason win, to name a few -- but has an opportunity to show that he can produce on a consistent basis in 2013.
@graycaldwell How many running backs will the Broncos have on their final 53-man roster this season??— David Kromelow (@dkrom59) April 22, 2013
How the team shapes up position-by-position is always one of the most interesting parts of the cutdowns in August and September leading to the final, 53-man roster. Taking the last five seasons into account, the Broncos have had anywhere from four to six backs on the Week 1 roster (six in 2008, five in '09, five in '10, four in '11, five in '12). In each of those seasons, at least one fullback made the cut, though the Broncos don't currently have a fullback on the roster -- unless you count
If five is the magic number, you're most likely looking at Willis McGahee,
@graycaldwell What's going to be Adam Gase's approach to running the Broncos offense this year?— Metal Mushin(@metalheadmushin) April 22, 2013
One of the most important parts of Gase's promotion to offensive coordinator is the continuity that the move brings with it.
@graycaldwell what do you think of Decker's new reality show? Distraction?— Darci Wood (@darcirose9) April 22, 2013
While I don't think I'm the show's target audience, I'm sure there's plenty of interest in the new E! reality show. As far as whether it will be a distraction, Decker might catch a little heat in the locker room, but it won't affect him on the football field. Manning has consistently praised his work ethic, and that shouldn't be deterred by cameras in his house during the offseason. Elway said Decker asked for his blessing before signing off on the show, and he even jokingly praised the receiver for agreeing to take part in the show as part of the "give and take in a marriage." In case you missed it, Decker addressed the subject on Twitter, saying that his priorities remain intact and that his goal is the same as his teammates' -- to win a Super Bowl.
@graycaldwell Is there any indication that Broncos are looking to trade either up or down in the draft?— Ismael Rodriguez (@broncsbomber) April 22, 2013
@graycaldwell what's the likelihood the broncos trade out of first round? Or even trade up to get a certain guy?— Eli Ethridge (@EliEthridge) April 22, 2013
That's the big question right now. Last season, the Broncos traded out of the late first round, picked up a fourth-rounder and still got the player they coveted, Wolfe, early in the second. This year, Elway indicated the team is "open to anything" in terms of a trade, but seemed comfortable standing pat at pick No. 28. The consensus in this year's draft is that while there might be a lack of instant impact,
@graycaldwell Do you think Clady will sign the franchise tender?— Bart Silvey (@notbartholomew) April 22, 2013
The short answer? Yes. Contract situations are always tricky, but the feeling in Dove Valley -- as Elway maintained in his pre-draft press conference Monday -- is that something will eventually get done. And in the meantime, expect Clady to sign his franchise tender.
@graycaldwell Seeing as how your wife went to Bama, will you admit the clear superiority of the Crimson Tide over your Tar Heels?— Christopher Smith (@DENsportsdude) April 22, 2013
Never. But don't tell her I wrote that. Go Heels.