Schon: You Gotta Love Camp - I Think....

After thirteen-years of covering NFL training camps I've come to a startling revelation; I know considerably less now - than I did, when I actually knew nothing at all – if that's even possible.

After thirteen-years of covering NFL training camps I've come to a startling revelation; I know considerably less now - than I did, when I actually knew nothing at all – if that's even possible.

You see, you have to understand that for roughly three weeks out of the year you spend exorbitant hours in the hot sun, watching guys with names you can barely spell, blow it up on the field – looking like the next Terrell Davis. It's like you discovered Lochness, the next American Idol and the cure for eczema all in the same day.

Then by the time camp wraps the reality sets in that the dude you just told millions of readers was the second coming – makes an abrupt career change and winds up as a T-Mobile salesman at a kiosk in the Aurora Mall.

Welcome to my world...

With that in mind – the name Matthew Willis is someone you may want to remember. Dude has caught more pigskin than the banjo playing ‘don't marry your cousin' combo from Deliverance. Seems to have built a nice rapport with Kyle Orton and has even been on the receiving end of several mid to long range bullets from Mr. Tebow himself. Without wanting to jinx or risk inflicting the dreaded Training Camp curse on him – I can't imagine the Broncos letting his talents squander on the practice squad another year…

Don't look now but Lendale White's back in town – local golden boy gone bad inks a two-year deal that will give him the opportunity to revive what's been a less than stellar career and become Denver's third-string back, behind the injured duo of Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter. Odd move considering the fact White's facing a four-game suspension for severe bong abuse, was let go by the Titans after they invested millions in him with their second-round pick in 2007 and kicked to the curb by his former college coach, Pete Carrol after taking a shot on him in Seattle.

Dying to get his take on what it's like to be back home, playing for the only team in the league willing to overlook his flaws, I didn't even mind that the scheduled practice ran well over forty-minutes late, thanks in part to a torrential downpour that completely ruined what started out as a good hair day. It's not like this kind of opportunity comes up every day now.

My patience paid off with 235 lbs. of muscle, sweat and ankle tape jogging past me into the locker room without so much as a millisecond of eye contact and the promise that "God is good" echoing under his footsteps.

Nice to know he's got such a magnetic personality - I am so looking forward to this season….

Others on the radar according to my warped sense of reality – rookie WR Eric Decker whose busting it every chance he gets, Offensive lineman Zane Beadles who is so naive at this stage he actually looks like he's enjoying camp and Punter Britton Colquitt who shanked one so far right during full team drills that even the ball boys ducked for cover. It's these kind of moments that make me feel so much better about my golf game.

For those of you riding the Tebow train – the more I see, the more I like – tons of potential – tons of support. No way the NFL's top selling jersey is gonna pull a Ryan Leaf under the McDaniel's regime. Willing to bet my Jockey's on it.

Like I said – I am so looking forward to this season…



Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past twelve-years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio and Internet stations around the country. You can follow all of Schon's updates on Twitter - Facebook or drop him an email at Michael John Schon





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