ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Well, it's been a week since players and coaches have been in the building, which makes this stretch until training camp really feel like the true offseason.
Of course, that doesn't mean news around Dove Valley stops, as this week the team brought back center Dan Koppen after it was announced that
We talk the center position, running backs, training camp and more in this week's Gray Matter fan mailbag -- so let's get to the questions.
As always, you can send me your questions via Twitter all week long to appear in a Gray Matter mailbag, which I post every Friday on DenverBroncos.com.
How much longer till Broncos Preseason??? @GrayCaldwell— Zach (@65Harllee65) June 21, 2013
Got this question right after game seven of the NBA Finals. Zach and I are on the same page -- this final stretch until the football season seems like it takes forever. Maybe in the interim the Tar Heels can win the College World Series. Anyway, to answer the question, we're exactly 48 days away from the Broncos-49ers tilt to open the preseason. We're 76 days from the NFL Kickoff Game -- Broncos vs. Ravens. And before all of that, we're only 34 days from my best guess for when training camp will begin -- though an official date hasn't been announced yet. I know the final season of Dexter starts up next Sunday, so hopefully that will help pass the time.
@GrayCaldwell What are you most looking forward to when players return to Dove Valley and don the pads?— Southern (@JastorONeal) June 17, 2013
Just that -- the pads will be on. It makes everything that much more competitive on the field. In particular I'm looking forward to seeing how the interior of the defensive line comes together.
@GrayCaldwell would they ever trust Kuper at Center and have a Beadles, Kuper, Vasquez middle of the line?— Brandon Kirk (@albukirky) June 20, 2013
No, I don't think so, if only because
I think all five of those backs make the team, actually. Way back in the first-ever Gray Matter, we looked at how many running backs made the team in each of the past five seasons. It was six in 2008, five in 2009, five in 2010, four in 2011 and five last year. I think five might be the magic number again this season, and you called it --
OK, you're asking who appears to be leading right now, not necessarily who will end up with the job. At the end of the club's final minicamp, I'd say