ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The club's rookie minicamp kicks off today -- one big step toward the start of the 2013 season. With OTAs set to begin in a little more than a week, there's a lot going on at Dove Valley.
This week's mailbag, as usual, touches on a variety of subjects, from players with a chance to prove themselves like
#GrayMatter Decker, Thomas, Welker for sure...how many more WR make the roster, and who do you think it will be?
We went over this exercise with the running backs in the first-ever Gray Matter mailbag, so let's look back at the past five years with regards to wide receivers.
In 2008, Denver kept just four wide receivers on the Week 1 roster. In 2009 and 2010 it was six, then it's been five for the past two seasons.
Taking a look at the Broncos' roster, like you said,
The NFL is a passing league, but with talent at tight end as well, it seems unlikely the club would keep more than six receivers. So if there is a sixth spot devoted to the position, it would likely be between
I'm definitely excited about it. It was fun watching
We want to know when the rest of the Broncos will get back at Peyton for all of his pranks.
It's certainly been fun to watch from afar as
What will we see different now with Mike McCoy not calling the plays?
Every play-caller has a different personality, but one of the most important aspects of Adam Gase's promotion to offensive coordinator is the continuity the move brings. The offense won't need to change much since Gase was on the staff last year and even called a few plays for McCoy at various times last season. That familiarity can only help Gase's "pedal-to-the-metal" philosophy. This week, Dreessen said the team is already focusing on using less verbiage on every play call so that the team can get to the line and snap the ball that much faster. For the offensive players under Gase, it's less learning a whole new language and more fine-tuning the details. The most noticeable change looks to be that things will move even quicker on offense.
Any word on Mario Fannin?
Fannin was originally signed as an undrafted free agent in time for training camp in 2011. He was impressing the coaches early in camp but a knee injury forced him to injured reserve. After battling his way back, he was looking to prove himself all over again -- but an Achilles injury during last year's training camp sent him to injured reserve again. Still, it speaks to how the team feels about Fannin's potential that he is still on the roster with a chance to make an impression yet again in this year's training camp. The key for him, obviously, is his health. He was a versatile player at Auburn, where he gained 1,366 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground, but also set the school's all-time receiving mark by a running back with 985 yards and nine more touchdowns on 97 catches. The Broncos have a lot of depth at running back, but Fannin is a player the coaches and front office seem to like, and he'll have a chance to show what he can do this preseason.
Is there a chance that J. Thomas sees the field any time soon?
With the lockout shortening the 2011 offseason and an injury limiting him early in 2012, this is the first full offseason for tight end Julius Thomas. Which means it's an important one for the third-year tight end. Just one season of college football made Thomas an enticing-enough prospect for the Broncos to snag him in the fourth round of the 2011 Draft, and his athleticism is clear -- he was a four-year letterman in basketball and helped lead Portland State to its first two NCAA Tournament appearances in school history. Earlier this month,
I've followed you for a while and just realized your first name is "Gray" not "Gary." The mind only sees what it wants I guess.
Like I told Dano on Twitter, it happens. If people hear my name, they think I said Greg. If they read it, they think I just misspelled Gary. Hopefully this "Gray Matter" thing will help with pointing out that my name is Gray. Unless you all think it's "Gary Matter," in which case you're probably wondering why in the world the mailbag is called "Gary Matter."
As always you can send in your questions for the mailbag to @GrayCaldwell on Twitter. Thanks for all the tweets for this week's edition. See you next Friday.