Sunday, August 25, 2013
Things getting tight in Broncos secondary
By Jeff Legwold
DENVER – The Broncos' battered secondary took another hit Saturday night, with some difficult decisions to come.
Omar Bolden, who had regularly worked in some of Denver's specialty packages, suffered a left-ankle injury in the Broncos' victory over the Rams. Bolden limped to the locker room in the fourth quarter and is scheduled for an MRI on Sunday.
Bolden’s injury did give Quentin Jammer, who has worked at safety the majority of the time in the preseason, a chance to play cornerback with the second-team defense. Jammer, signed as a depth player late in the offseason, was decidedly on the bubble in a crowded secondary heading into the game, and could help his cause if he can show he can multi-task.
To that end, he got plenty of work in the second half, working at cornerback opposite rookie Kayvon Webster. Jammer was active, finishing with three tackles and two pass breakups. The Broncos have some tough calls to make in the secondary overall, with Champ Bailey, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tony Carter and Chris Harris to go with Bolden and Webster at corner, and Rahim Moore, Duke Ihenacho and David Bruton at safety to go with Mike Adams and Rodgers-Cromartie.
That’s 11 players at a position where the Broncos traditionally keep nine or 10. The Broncos kept 10 players in the secondary when they cut their roster to 53 last season -- five cornerbacks and five safeties.
Bailey (foot) did not play Saturday and is still a question mark for the regular-season opener. Rodgers-Cromartie left Thursday’s practice after being kneed in the lower back, but started Saturday’s game and played until halftime.