And as will always be the case, unusual questions are welcome.
But for now, let's start with a query about motivation:
Based on comments from players like
But in the regular season, those that use the loss for motivational fuel need to tread carefully. So much has to go right between now and the Super Bowl just to make it to the game that you can get too caught up in focusing on "winning it all" in the summer. There's plenty of reasons why the cliche' "one game at a time" exists, and the Broncos' schedule is a minefield. A couple of injuries, a fumble, a bad bounce or a bad call, and you're talking about two, three -- even four more losses than most pundits anticipate. These things happen.
So, yes, last year's Super Bowl loss is motivation. But there has to be motivation from week to week. Given the rigorous slate in front of the Broncos, that shouldn't be a problem.
On the whole, well.
It will be interesting to see the final composition of the position group. With the release of Joel Dreessen, the Broncos have three tight ends returning from last year's 53-man roster. Last year, they had four. It's possible the fourth tight end is on the practice squad;
During the first few days of training camp, it seemed like every time he made it into the notebook, it was for the wrong reason: getting beat in coverage. And while one-on-one drills are tilted heavily in favor of the offense, this was also true in the team periods.
In the last week, Roby has been one of the Broncos' most improved players. Some of his best work has come against the run; if he can apply this aggression to his work in coverage, he'll have a better chance at success.
But above all, Roby's NFL prognosis depends on two things: how well his confidence holds up after being beaten, and how effectively he can use his size to be physical and disruptive within five yards of the line of scrimmage. This will show over time, not just in training camp.
I've seen some great cornerbacks have shaky rookie training camps -- Tampa Bay legend Ronde Barber, in 1997, immediately comes to mind. Thus, Roby's ups and downs don't surprise me; the test is in his response to them. At this, he's improving.
Pilsner, always. IPA gives me a sour stomach and I can't eat for a day. Which wouldn't altogether be a bad thing, I reckon.
The ones who jump out so far are defensive end
These aren't the only undrafted rookies to shine -- as I noted Saturday, wide receiver