Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Broncos' Rookie Report: Offense
By Jeff Legwold
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Nobody said the NFL life would be easy. The Denver Broncos' first-year class continues to wrestle with the expectations that come with being part of an NFL roster and the difficulty in getting those on-field chances with one of the league's heavyweights.
The rookies are clearly finding they have to make an impact in a limited number of snaps to earn more, and mistakes come with a price tag. With that in mind, here's the rookie report, a weekly check-in with how Denver's first-year class on offense is doing:
Running back Montee Ball: After a fumble in two consecutive games, Ball had to wait a bit to get in on the action this past Sunday against the Eagles. In the end he finished with 14 snaps overall, most in the fourth quarter when Brock Osweiler was at quarterback and the Broncos were looking to close things out with some reserves in the offensive line as well. Ball did find some tough sledding with just 24 yards on his eight carries. Four of Ball's carries went for two yards or less, including one for no gain and one for minus-1. With Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman each having made some impact in the run game of late, Ball could find additional carries hard to come by, especially if the Broncos find themselves in a little closer game at some point. He has to continue to show he can finish the play with the ball in his hands.
Quarterback Zac Dysert: Dysert was the No. 3 quarterback once again, so hed ended up being one of the Broncos' seven game-day inactives against the Eagles. But the rookie continues to get plenty of extra attention from quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp. And with Knapp's experience, the time the veteran assistant has spent with Dysert will only help the quarterback along the developmental curve. The pregame and post-practice workouts continue to emphasize progressions and making the right reads in a variety of situations.
Running back C.J. Anderson: Anderson is back practicing fully after a long recovery from a severe MCL sprain he suffered during practice in the days following the preseason opener. But he was one of the team's seven game-day inactives against the Eagles. And with the Broncos already having a difficult time divvying up the carries among the top three running backs, Anderson doesn't figure to get in the equation without an injury or two.
Practice squad: Wide receiver Tavarres King, a fifth-round pick, and tackle Vinston Painter, a sixth-round pick, were waived in the final cutdown and continue to work primarily as scout team players. And they, too, have done plenty of post-practice work each day.