Observation deck: Broncos-49ers
August, 26, 2012
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
A look at the Broncos’ 29-24 home loss Sunday:
Earlier we looked at the great, but short, outing by Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
Here are other thoughts: Starting receiver Eric Decker looked good against a strong defense as he had two touchdown catches from Manning. Decker is a competitor who fights for everything he gets.
Backup Caleb Hanie had his moments but ended up 8-of-12 passing for 92 yards. Expect Hanie to start the season as Manning’s backup while rookie Brock Osweiler continues to develop.
Denver’s first-team defense looked active and strong early in the game aside from a few big plays for the 49ers.
Denver kicker Matt Prater nailed a 53-yard field goal.
Denver’s reserves did not look good for the second consecutive game -- the second consecutive game in which the Broncos didn't score in the second half. Depth is necessary, so the team might need some bottom-of-the-roster tweaking.
Denver running back Knowshon Moreno looked decent. At this point, I think, he has a good shot to make the 53-man roster.
Denver was penalized eight times for 81 yards. Not ideal.
It was extremely hot on the field, which will benefit both teams when they play in the early-season heat.
Manning’s preseason line: 30-of-42, 343 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions and a quarterback rating of 96.9. That’s nice work other than the picks.
Denver undrafted rookie linebacker Steven Johnson continued to look good and he has a real chance to make the 53-man roster.