Denver Broncos Hot Topics - Wednesday, Nov. 8

Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer's play the past three weeks has quieted many of his critics. Read more about Jake and all the latest personnel updates in today's edition of "Hot Topics."

The talk of a quarterback controversy has died down in Denver.

Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer has played well for the past three weeks. He had one tough quarter, the fourth quarter at Cleveland. But he bounced back and didn't throw an interception against Indianapolis or Pittsburgh. The Broncos scored 31 points in each game, after scoring no more than 17 in any of their first six games.

Plummer said he's not worried about his current good run.

"You're not thinking about that," Plummer said. "It's just like when you're a pitcher having a no-hitter, you're not thinking about keeping the no-hitter, you just get in the zone and keep playing."

Plummer hit Javon Walker for a few big plays against the Steelers. The Broncos gave him time to throw and he looked comfortable in the pocket.

Plummer got fortunate once against the Steelers. Cornerback Deshea Townsend caught an overthrown ball but he juggled it as he was stepping out of bounds. The Broncos challenged the play and the interception was overturned.

"I got lucky with the one that got overturned," Plummer said.

Plummer had 227 yards on 16 completions, and liked the game plan, which called for taking plenty of shots down the field.

"We had big plays and I like the big plays," Plummer said. "You've got to have drives that last a while, but you've got to have big plays too, to soften defenses up."

PLAYER NOTES

--S Sam Brandon was placed on injured reserve with a torn right ACL suffered Sunday.

--QB Jake Plummer is hitting a groove. He performed well in back-to-back games against Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, and appears to be getting past his early-season slump. The Broncos need Plummer to play well in the second half of the season.

--RB Tatum Bell sat out last week's game with two injured big toes. He said he will be ready for this week's game, but he will have to show the coaches during practice he is back to near full speed.

--RB Mike Bell had a long day against Pittsburgh. He didn't have many holes, but also didn't have a run longer than four yards. However, if Tatum Bell isn't healthy Mike Bell is probably Denver's best option.

--WR Rod Smith had a nice touchdown catch against Pittsburgh. He doesn't get as many opportunities as Javon Walker, who has taken over as Denver's No. 1 receiver. Smith has a separated shoulder, but stayed in the game against the Steelers.

--WR Javon Walker is Denver's top goal line threat. He is good on fade routes because of his size and his ability to go get the ball when it's in the air. Both of his touchdown catches against Pittsburgh were on fades from the 10-yard line.

--WR Brandon Marshall would get more playing time if Rod Smith is limited with a shoulder injury. Marshall had an impressive deep catch against Pittsburgh, but it was wiped out because of a holding penalty.

--TE Chad Mustard played a lot against Pittsburgh because he is a good blocker. The Broncos have three backup tight ends, Mustard, Nate Jackson and Tony Scheffler, that have different skills and any of them could be a big part of the game plan depending on how the Broncos want to attack the opponent.

--K Jason Elam hit his only attempt against Pittsburgh, a 32-yarder. He is having another consistent and solid season.

--CB Darrent Williams has a separated shoulder, but could play this week. He had a good game against Pittsburgh after his tough day the previous game against Indianapolis.

--LB Nate Webster is a candidate to fill in for Ian Gold if Gold misses this week's game with a hamstring injury. Webster has been inactive all season because of special teams considerations, but he can back up all three linebacker spots.

--DT Gerard Warren played most of Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. He was out the previous game with a sprained right big toe but he sucked it up and played against the Steelers because the Broncos had many injuries on defense.



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