Broncos Update Insider - 10/7

A few weeks ago, the Broncos seemed ready to move on with or without Brandon Marshall. The receiver held out of a mandatory minicamp, reported to training camp to avoid fines and was suspended during the preseason for conduct detrimental to the team.

He returned with a new attitude and is playing as he did last year, when he made the Pro Bowl. Marshall's great catch over Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman and fantastic open-field run resulted in a game-winning, 51-yard touchdown Sunday.

Marshall and Broncos coach Josh McDaniels shared a hug on the sideline, and Marshall was emotional as he came to the bench.

"It probably was one of my most emotional plays ever since little league," Marshall said.

McDaniels wouldn't say what he told Marshall after the touchdown, and the two comically reenacted the scene during McDaniels' postgame press conference. McDaniels' thoughts on Marshall were much different than they were when the two were at odds in mid-August.

"He's just one of us is what he is," McDaniels said. "I'm not going to comment on where he was, but he is one of us. Our team loves him, we love him, and I think he loves being a part of this team. He plays just as hard as they do every day at practice. We have a team, and he is a big part of it."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Cornerback Champ Bailey was challenged two plays in a row by Tony Romo at the end of Denver's win against the Cowboys on Sunday. Teams don't normally go at Bailey, but Bailey didn't mind. In fact, he seemed to respect that Romo tested him throughout the game.

"The guy has a lot of confidence," said Bailey, who knocked away Romo's final two passes to preserve the win.

--Josh McDaniels is already doing his best to tone down any hype about him facing his mentor, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, this week. Although he admitted the game would be fun for him and he thinks Belichick is the best coach in the sport, he didn't fuel the storyline much.

"It's the next team on our schedule," McDaniels said.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Correll Buckhalter was on crutches after Sunday's game, but the Broncos haven't given any indication on his availability this week. If he can't go, Knowshon Moreno likely would get his first career start.

--WR Jabar Gaffney had one catch for 8 yards against Dallas. He has played well, but like any Broncos receiver, his production will not be consistent because Denver likes to spread the ball around.

--TE Tony Scheffler had three catches against Dallas, with none longer than 11 yards. Scheffler is one of the fastest tight ends in the NFL, but the Broncos have not done much to get him deep.

--S Brian Dawkins had seven tackles against the Cowboys, including one on a long catch by Sam Hurd late in the game that saved a touchdown. Dawkins is playing at a high level and has established himself as a clear leader on the team.

--DE Vonnie Holliday had a key sack against Dallas in the fourth quarter. Holliday has played well despite not being in a training camp due to offseason knee surgery.



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