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August, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Weekend mail call:

Ryan from NJ wants to know my thoughts about the Broncos after seeing them practice this week.

Bill Williamson: Honestly, Ryan, the team looked better than I thought it would. I really like the handle new coach Josh McDaniels has on this team. The team appears focused and energetic. The team is buying into McDaniels' approach. There is some solid talent on offense, and I think the back eight on defense is much improved and it could be good if it can stay healthy. But I still am not sold on Kyle Orton as a quality starting quarterback and Denver's defensive front three is very raw. The Broncos have some talent, but I'm just not sure if it can win a lot of games this season, especially considering their tough schedule. But the cupboard is not bare in Denver.


Brian from New York wants to know if Buster Davis has a chance to salvage his career this season.

BW: Health is clearly the key for Davis, the Chargers' No. 1 pick in 2007. He played in just four games last season and he has missed 15 regular season games in two seasons. He has just 24 career catches. But if Davis can stay healthy, he can make an impact. He has made some nice plays in practice. The Chargers don't have an immediate need for Davis. But they obviously want their former top pick to pan out. If Davis can make a contribution as a backup receiver this year and stay healthy, the Chargers will see it as progress.


Travis Padilla from SLC, UT wants to know if Denver will pursue former Utah kicker Louie Sakoda if Matt Prater continues to struggle?

BW: Sakoda was at the Chargers' minicamp. I would put him name on the list of potential kickers Denver would look at if it makes a move. I would think Denver might want to look for an experienced kicker if Prater fails. But Sakoda is a capable kicker, who may have an NFL future. I would think if Prater continues to have issues. Denver will start to look for alternatives sooner than later at kicker.

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