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Broncos, Briefly: Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018

It will be up to Musgrave to put new quarterback Case Keenum in the best situations and also trust several young players who have never taken a snap in a regular season game — tailback Royce Freeman, tight end Jake Butt and receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton — to make plays when defenses pay extra attention to veteran receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Musgrave's approach appears to be more cerebral than bombast. During training camp practices, his voice could never be heard. If he was upset, he didn't show it. But if there was a teaching point to be made, he stuck his head into the huddle.

"Billy's a great communicator, especially on game day," head coach Vance Joseph said. "As he calls the play, he kind of explains the play to the quarterback. He's very calm and provides easy plays for the quarterback."

Freeman will be the Broncos' first rookie running back to start week 1 since Terrell Davis in 1995. Davis had a sensational four-year run that led to two Super Bowl titles and eventual induction into Pro Football Hall of Fame.

"It's an honor to be mentioned with men of that caliber, with players with that type of legacy around here," Freeman said. "It makes you want to work harder and honestly, take it day by day and not get too far ahead of yourself."

"Ultimately, for myself, when I walk away from the game, I want people to talk about me in the same conversation as Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, E-Man (Emmanuel Sanders), Demaryius Thomas — the guys who came into the league and made a statement for themselves," Sutton told me on Monday. "Guys respect their name, now and forever. That's the point I want to get to. When people talk about Courtland Sutton, I want them to say, 'That guy is one of the best to ever play the position.' That's what I want to be, and I'm going to work every day to make that happen."

"Case, he's been the guy everybody hoped he was," Broncos linebacker Von Miller said. "He's been in charge, you can tell, that leader. He knows what to do and how to do it. He's ready for playing here."