Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Broncos Rookie Report: Offense
By Jeff Legwold
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos have powered out to a 5-0 start with a rookie class still trying to find its way in some regards. But it's clear practice matters -- they have to trust you'll do the right thing during the week before you get to play on Sunday -- the bar is set high and mistakes count.
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: With the Broncos in a three-wide receiver set for all but three snaps against the Cowboys, the carries were hard to come by for Ball. Also, the game was tight down to the wire and Ball has had the bulk of his carries when the Broncos were in late-game mode, trying to use some clock. He played just five snaps against the Cowboys with just one rushing attempt -- a 1-yard effort. By contrast Knowshon Moreno played 51 snaps against the Cowboys and has tightened his grip on the No. 1 job a little more with each passing game. Ronnie Hillman played 23 snaps and left the game with an ankle injury so his practice time could be limited this week.
Quarterback Zac Dysert: Dysert was the No. 3 quarterback in Dallas and was one of the Broncos' seven game day inactives. Coaches have lauded his work ethic, including his pregame work with quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp and what he has done with limited practice snaps. It's all about the classroom for Dysert at this point and watching Peyton Manning work each day can only help.
Running back C.J. Anderson: Because of the knee injury he suffered in the preseason -- a severe MCL sprain he suffered during practice in the days following the preseason opener -- Anderson hasn't really been able to recapture some of his camp momentum. He has been a game day inactive each week. It may take an injury at the position for him to crack the lineup.
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. By most accounts King has been a little sharper in his routes of late, exactly what the Broncos want to see from him moving forward.