ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Despite the fact that he's yet to play a single down at Invesco Field, newly acquired quarterback Jake Plummer has been a breath of fresh air for those who suffered through the tumultuous Brian Griese era of disaster.
His attitude, excitement and commitment all a welcome relief.
Now it's time for his talent and abilities to be tested, in front of perhaps the largest audience the former Arizona Cardinal has ever seen - Monday Night Football.
In six years with the Cardinals Plummer graced the Monday night stage only once, and even that appearence drew an audience rating far below the standard average.
"I was off a lot of Mondays, and watched Denver on Monday Night Football for the last six years, Plummer told reporters. "That is the one game that is on and everyone is watching it, so it is a time to go out and perform and make plays."
In Plummer's first two preseason games he's made the plays, helping lead the team to victories over both Houston and Chicago while showing marked improvement in learning the system and developing timing patterns with his receivers.
Yet Plummer is the first to admit that there are still many hurdles to cross before he starts to feel comfortable in the highly complex Shanahan system.
"I would be foolish to say that I am ready, I know this whole thing, and I have everything down pat. The learning process will go on throughout the season. I have played six years, but I have not played six years in this offense, so I am going to be learning as the season goes. The faster I learn, the better I'll play, and the better we'll do."
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