ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Though the Broncos fell to the Texans 18-17, there was plenty to learn and like about the game.
Starters on defense thrive. Again.
With Miller on the field, the 2014 Broncos defense looked to get a little closer to its full potential.
While the team is still waiting for
But for a defense that was battered and beaten last season, Saturday night showed how good they can be.
“Yeah, we’re ready to go, everybody is healthy. It felt good to have [SLB] Von [Miller] and [DT Kevin] Vickerson back out there today,” said defensive tackle
Vickerson also joined the defense for the first time in this 2014 preseason on Saturday night, entering the defensive line rotation.
But the starting defense held the Texans to one score and just 117 yards, including just 37 on the ground.
As the defense that lost so many of its key players last season slowly comes together with injured players returning and acquisitions becoming more comfortable, it seems that the first team defense can be a force. Last week against the 49ers, the defense held them to a shutout, stumping one of the best teams in the NFC.
“[Houston] had some decent drives,” Roby said. “It’s a long game; one game isn’t decided by one drive. I think as a defense we’re playing well right now, we’re getting some of the guys back, so I’m excited for the season.”
After his excellent play against the 49ers where he finished 10-of-13 for 105 yards and a 125.5 passer rating,
His Saturday ended 4-of-11 for 43 yards. He finished fourth on the team with 17 rushing yards and, on a pass tipped in front of
While Saturday night wasn’t Osweiler’s shining moment, he has shown promise during practices and in the Broncos’ previous games. He connected with Latimer for a nice 17-yard gain in the fourth quarter. He also led a 16-play drive in the fourth quarter that lasted nearly ten minutes. The drive started at the Broncos’ own 11 and gained 71 yards, despite 30 yards of penalties.
The drive, spattered with flags, ended in a field goal miss, but likely would have changed the outcome of the game had
Osweiler’s growth this offseason is clear as he has better command in the pocket and more confidence going downfield.
It seemed that the entirety of Sports Authority Field gasped on Saturday night as Marvin Austin dropped into coverage (no, that is not a typo) and nearly intercepted Case Keenum. The near-pick would have easily been run in for a touchdown.
As Austin’s run continued after he dropped the ball, he put his hands on his head in disappointment and frustration.
“I feel like if I had caught that pass I definitely could have helped us get a W. Losing by one, it just makes it even more. It haunts me, man. I can’t stop thinking about it. That’s all I could say as I was leaving the field, ‘Man, I should have caught that pass.’
In college, he made a pick for a touchdown, but he said it’s important to make sure you make the catch. He said “every play counts” when you’re trying to make the roster.
“I’m still grinding to make the 53,” he said. “Every play counts and I just want to go out there, play hard, play physical, play fast and I just feel like that play could have really changed the outcome of the game.”