Denver Broncos News: Mason's Mailbag
Mason's Mailbag: Finding help from within
Often, the best solution when injuries strike rests in relatively unproven players that possess potential and upside.
Mason's Mailbag: Week 11 grab bag
Questions about a new practice-squad addition, Steve Atwater and two other topics fill the Chargers week edition of the Mailbag.
Mason's Mailbag: Promise must become performance
Also included: a look at whether an easier division really helps a team become a Super Bowl winner. The answer might surprise you.
Mason's Mailbag: Looking for reasons to believe
The Broncos are not in an ideal spot at 3-5, and their margin for error is minimal, but there are signs that they could turn it around -- if they defeat the Texans on Sunday.
Mason's Mailbag: Chiefs a 'pick-your-poison' attack
Which begs the question ... which Chiefs target do you try to shut down first?
Mason's Mailbag: What the win over the Cardinals can mean
The Cardinals are struggling, but that doesn't mean the Broncos' dominance in their 45-10 win should be discounted.
Mason's Mailbag: The search for improvement
The Broncos have some encouraging metrics, including across-the-board improvement in the running game. If other areas can show the same progress, the Broncos have a chance to return to the win column.
Mason's Mailbag: Regarding the play clock
Also, what will it take for the Broncos to win? Mase offers a key statistic worth noting regarding the running game.
Mason's Mailbag: Andy Janovich paving the way
Two huge Broncos runs have helped Denver average over six yards per carry when Janovich is in the game.
Mason's Mailbag: Comparing Case Keenum and Jake Plummer
The two passers share more than just the fact that they signed with the Broncos as unrestricted free agents.
Mason's Mailbag: The best undrafted Broncos
Rod Smith and Chris Harris Jr. set the standard, but they are just part of a long legacy of Broncos bypassed by the NFL Draft.
Mason's Mailbag: Expecting more from the tight ends
The Broncos were below league average in receptions, yardage and touchdowns from the position last year, but with Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt leading the way, that could change in 2018.
Mason's Mailbag: Broncos' future is already here
A majority of the team is homegrown, and most of those players have joined the team since 2016.
Mason's Mailbag: Phillip Lindsay staking claim to roster spot
Lindsay's versatility and efficiency at moving the chains have made him the Broncos' latest undrafted discovery.
Mason's Mailbag: Keeping expectations reasonable
Hopes are high for Jake Butt, but the numbers posted by rookie and second-year tight ends in the last decade must be considered in creating expectations for 2018.
Mason's Mailbag: Drafted rookie runners impressing
Royce Freeman's emergence was expected, but Dave Williams' play has been one of the positive surprises of the summer.
Mason's Mailbag: Looking for offensive balance
Ground-and-pound? Chuck-and-duck? Why can't the Broncos' offense be both, like Minnesota's was last year with Case Keenum?
Mason's Mailbag: Taking a guess at some stats
How many touchdowns will Case Keenum throw in 2018? Mase makes a projection based on recent NFL trends.
Mason's Mailbag: Playing the prediction game
Are the Broncos being "slept on" by some pundits? And will Case Keenum's supporting cast help him as Minnesota's did last year?
Mason's Mailbag: Where Chad Kelly stands before camp
The young quarterback was hard on himself after his final minicamp session, but vowed to attack the pre-training-camp weeks with urgency.
Mason's Mailbag: What offseason work means
Yes, the Broncos have looked better in quite a few ways this offseason. But does spring proficiency translate to fall success?
Mason's Mailbag: Brendan Langley showing growth
Langley's efforts over the offseason have caught the eyes of teammates, including safety Will Parks.
Mason's Mailbag: Don't jump to too many conclusions from OTAs
The work right now matters, but it's important not to elevate expectations too much based on what happens at this time of the year.
Mason's Mailbag: Who stood out during the first OTA?
Royce Freeman was the rookie who caught Andrew Mason's eye this week.
Mason's Mailbag: Getting set for OTAs
OTAs get under way this week, which also means the duel for No. 2 QB between Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly will begin percolating.
Mason's Mailbag: Quality over quantity in this year's undrafted crop
The Broncos didn't have space for many college free agents this year, but the ones they signed have a chance to improve the roster.
Mason's Mailbag: Stacking up positions after the draft
This week: questions about offseason acquisitions through the draft (Bradley Chubb), the undrafted market (Phillip Lindsay) and trade (Su'a Cravens).
Mason's Mailbag: Who in the draft class could start immediately?
Bradley Chubb is the obvious choice, although his position group is stacked. But there are other potential Day 1 starters in Denver's draft haul.
Mason's Mailbag: Pondering draft possibilities
As the draft countdown drops to just a few days, it's time to dive into the Mailbag for a few questions about potential picks.
Mason's Mailbag: Don't forget about Justin Simmons
The trade for Su'a Cravens drew attention, but as Darian Stewart has noted, Simmons "has all the natural attributes" to be a Pro Bowler.
Mason's Mailbag: Rule change eliminates unncessary play
Also included this week: a question about the uniforms and another about WR Jordan Taylor.
Mason's Mailbag: Trade for Su'a Cravens doesn't prevent Broncos from looking at draft ILBs
Cravens will likely have at least a role in the sub packages, but the Broncos could still use depth at ILB.
Mason's Mailbag: Beyond the rules to the bylaws at the NFL Annual Meeting
The potential rules changes have driven debate, but some of the bylaws on the table are just as fascinating.
Mason's Mailbag: All about the quarterbacks
With Case Keenum arriving and Broncos brass visiting Pro Days, the position is in this week's spotlight.
Mason's Mailbag: In draft, focus on the player, not the school
Just because a team hasn't picked a player from a specific university in a while doesn't mean it's overlooking players from that program.
Mason's Mailbag: Saquon Barkley's rise about more than what he is on the field
Barkley's workout stood out, but his football character drew raves, too.
Mason's Mailbag: A collection of ideas for the short and long term
A few concepts worth considering plus a question about how one of the guard slots is shaping up for 2018.
Mason's Mailbag: How much can QB improvement help the overall team?
Also in this week's mailbag: a question about one of the most fascinating free-agent quarterbacks set to hit the market this year, Teddy Bridgewater.
Mason's Mailbag: What is the ceiling for a rookie QB?
No rookie QB has ever started a Super Bowl, but on average, teams that rode a rookie have seen some improvement in the last decade.
Mason's Mailbag: Wrapping up Senior Bowl week
How much effect can a good or bad week have on draft stock? It depends on the player -- and on who's making the evaluation.
Mason's Mailbag: Who's at the top of the draft class?
One man's opinion on the 10 best prospects this year, at least as of mid-January ... plus, some ideas for rules changes, which is always a fun topic.
Mason's Mailbag: What's next at tight end?
The Broncos need more production from the position, and Jake Butt could be counted on in a big way to provide it.
Mason's Mailbag: It's early, so draft possibilities are wide-open
Even at No. 5, it's far too soon to pinpoint a targeted player for the Broncos, with too much of the evaluation still left to be done.
Mason's Mailbag: Making the ground game work over the long term
Since 2000, only one team has run the ball better than Denver, even though the Broncos have been through plenty of different running backs.
Mason's Mailbag: Dick Enberg and some of the Broncos' greatest moments
The late Dick Enberg was never an official "voice of the Broncos." But he was at the mic for so many great moments in team history it sometimes seemed that way.
Mason's Mailbag: O-line's improvement a positive development this season
Also: why on-field results aren't "flukes" if you look closer.
Mason's Mailbag: Moving past the frustration
The Broncos have done a great job in the last 45 years of ensuring that their losing seasons are one-off situations.
Mason's Mailbag: Brendan Langley's focus is on self-improvement
Langley doesn't want to hide from rookie mistakes; he wants to confront them head-on and ensure they make him a better player in the future.
Mason's Mailbag: Paxton Lynch will be put in position to maximize talent
Head Coach Vance Joseph said he doesn't want Lynch to "just hold the ball and kind of sit there," which could create some opportunities Sunday.
Mason's Mailbag: Special teams looks to build off strong game
With Brandon McManus going 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts, outstanding work on punt coverage and Isaiah McKenzie breaking free, the special teams had its best '17 game in Week 9.
Mason's Mailbag: Where the pass defense stands
The pass defense is still in the top 10 in most metrics, but teams are attacking it differently, which has prevented it from forcing as many turnovers as previous years.
Mason's Mailbag: How Brock Olivo and Brandon McManus worked to break the slump
By simulating game-pressure situations in practice, Olivo and McManus hope to get the Broncos' prolific kicker back to his usual form.
Mason's Mailbag: Expect the unexpected from Giants
Other topics include the use of Isaiah McKenzie so far this season and where Devontae Booker fits with C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles flourishing at running back.
Mason's Mailbag: Keeping the ground game as a strength
Also, some ideas about how the league's 100th season could be commemorated in 2019.
Mason's Mailbag: On special teams, the buck stops with Brock Olivo
Olivo stood up and took responsibility for the issues in Week 3, which is one reason for optimism about the Broncos doing better across the board in Week 4.
Mason's Mailbag: What the Broncos saw in Trevor Siemian from the beginning
Trevor Siemian's development over the last two years has been one of the best storylines around the Broncos.
Mason's Mailbag: When the Broncos wore white at home
When the Cowboys visited Denver in 1980, the Broncos made them wear their "unlucky" blue jerseys -- and the Broncos rolled over the visitors.
Mason's Mailbag: Season-opening expectations
Prognosticators might not like the Broncos' chances, but those predictions don't mean much.
Mason's Mailbag: What sprinkling "some sugar" on the defense means
Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods used that description in the offseason to describe how he would tweak tactics.
Mason's Mailbag: Trevor Siemian's arm strength
It was arm strength that helped put Siemian on the roster in the first place two years ago, as then-coach Gary Kubiak noted in 2015.
Mailbag: The power of rituals and superstitions, and the best competition beyond QB
Is it a bad thing to have a superstition? Not so, says Mase in the latest Mailbag.
Mason's Mailbag: The three-game road swing isn't all that uncommon
... at least, not anymore. Also ... why you shouldn't judge quarterbacks of the present and future by the extraordinary standard of Peyton Manning.
Mason's Mailbag: Time traveling in the DeLorean, and why a QB competition is not "divisive"
Also on this week's docket: Chris Harris Jr.'s Ring of Fame trajectory, and who you'd want for your five-a-side soccer team if you were choosing from the Broncos roster.
Mason's Mailbag: Looking ahead to camp
Questions about Chad Kelly and when to expect the intensity of camp to pick up are in this week's mailbag.
Mason's Mailbag: Justin Simmons' range has him on the rise
And, of course, the QB situation is a discussion topic once again.
Mason's Mailbag: Areas of progress for Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian
The growth of the two young quarterbacks was on display as they split first-team repetitions the last four weeks.
Mason's Mailbag: Scheduling, uniforms and more
A handful of questions yields a handful of answers as OTAs end and minicamp nears.
Mason's Mailbag: Offensive line, DeMarcus Walker, special teams and more
Also featured: the degree to which the defense will use concepts other than man coverage, Color Rush uniforms, and a question about tight ends.
Mason's Mailbag: How the Broncos' defense will be a bit different in 2017
Head Coach Vance Joseph and Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods won't be reinventing the wheel. But there will be tweaks designed to make a terrific unit even better.
Mason's Mailbag: What can Jamaal Charles bring in 2017?
The newest addition to the Broncos' running back corps is the subject of multiple fan questions this week.
Mason's Mailbag: Jordan Taylor, Connor McGovern and more
Questions about young players and how the Ring of Fame will be displayed when there are more additions are among those in this week's Mailbag.
Mason's Mailbag: Involving the RBs in the passing game
With targets like De'Angelo Henderson and Jamaal Charles, look for the runners to receive plenty of pass-catching chances this season.
Mason's Mailbag: Sifting through post-draft questions
One key question -- how will Jake Butt's rookie season look considering that he must first complete rehabilitation from a torn ACL?
Mason's Mailbag: The upside of the QBs, and a look at fifth-year options
Is it better to be a first-round pick and receive the fifth-year option -- or to be a second-round pick and hit free agency a year earlier? Find out.
Mason's Mailbag: Why it's wise to always look at drafting a quarterback
Even if you don't have a need at the position, adding young QBs in the middle to late rounds is always a smart move, as Mase explains in this week's Mailbag.
Mason's Mailbag: Patience needed with young quarterbacks
History -- both recent and distant -- shows why you can't judge a young quarterback by his first season.
Mason's Mailbag: What's next for the changing front seven on the Broncos' defense
Other topics this week include the stylistic chasm between college and pro football and the possibilities at tight end in the draft.
Mason's Mailbag: Could the 'one-helmet' rule be scrapped?
A common Mailbag topic is actually on the docket at the NFL Annual Meeting, as the Eagles have proposed to scrap the rule. What could that mean?
Mason's Mailbag: Why Zach Kerr fits the Broncos
Also ... why a Darren Sproles-Christian McCaffrey comparison isn't completely accurate, and some Day 3 QBs who could be worth a look in the draft.
Mason's Mailbag: Thoughts on Menelik Watson
The increased learning curve for O-linemen could help future free agents with similar resumes to Menelik Watson.