Broncos Update Insider - 9/17

In the history of the NFL, only one player has caught more passes in a game than Brandon Marshall did against San Diego on Sunday.

Marshall caught 18 balls for 166 yards in his return from a suspension. Despite missing the first game, Marshall had three more catches than anyone else in the NFL at the end of the Sunday games in Week 2.

"Like I told you guys when I first got back from my suspension, my goals are still the same," Marshall said. "All of my goals are to break all the records."

Marshall is now tied for second-most catches in a game in NFL history, and would have had a chance to tie or break Terrell Owens' record of 20 catches in a game had Denver gone to overtime instead of trying a two-point conversion for the win near the end of regulation.

Marshall would have had 19 catches, but one catch was taken off the board when Denver chose to accept a defensive holding penalty and an automatic first down.

Marshall might not make 18 catches again this year, but he is blossoming into one of the best receivers in the NFL. His 55 catches over the past five games, dating back to last year, is the most in NFL history for a five-game stretch. The Broncos knew Marshall was having a big game, but nobody realized the extent of his day. "I have no idea how many catches he had, how many? Eighteen?" Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. "Not bad for your first game back."

"I was guessing 15 or 16," quarterback Jay Cutler said. "I mean, 18, he's a big man out there."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Linebacker Boss Bailey played all but six plays despite a high ankle sprain that kept him out for almost all of the preseason and the first regular-season game. Bailey said he felt good the day after and should continue to creep closer towards 100 percent.

"I felt real good when I was out on the field, absolutely," Bailey said.

--Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he thought the officiating crew on Sunday did a fine job. He said of the last 20 officiating crews the Broncos have had, he graded them out as the best when he prepared his report for the league.

The crew won't be remembered for that. A controversial call in the final two minutes, in which quarterback Jay Cutler lost the ball as he wound up to throw, but the whistle blew right away and even though the officials ruled after watching the replay that it was a fumble, by rule they couldn't give possession to the Chargers. Two plays later Denver scored a touchdown and followed that up with a game-winning two-point conversion.

"We still got the ball third and 10 and had to get in the end zone," Shanahan said. "It's not like somebody gave you a touchdown."

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
PLAYER NOTES

--TE Daniel Graham had two catches against San Diego. Graham hasn't been a major factor in the passing game, but if the Broncos continue to pass most of the time Graham will have some chances to catch some passes.

--RB Selvin Young led the Broncos with 78 rushing yards, but had only eight carries. That was also the high mark on Denver. The Broncos are planning on giving time to all three of their tailbacks.

--DE John Engelberger had a sack in Sunday's game. That was the only sack for Denver, and Engelberger isn't a factor in the pass rush most of the time. There was only one other hit on Philip Rivers the entire game.

--LB Wesley Woodyard had a pair of special-teams tackles. An undrafted rookie who was impressive in training camp, Woodyard could be a contributor on special teams this year and then try to crack the defensive lineup in the future.

--LB D.J. Williams led Denver with three tackles for loss. Williams is poised to make a big impact this season now that he is back at his natural weak-side position.



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