Thank God the Broncos released the first official depth chart of 2010.
Reading more like a Pre-Christmas wish list, Denver's current lineup includes such notable stretches as Ryan Clady (who blew out his knee during offseason basketball and has yet to make an appearance at Training Camp) at left tackle, Knowshon Moreno (jacked-out hammy – out at least a month), Correll Buckhalter (upper back injury – currently seeing a neck and spine specialist) and LenDale White (languishing in the who knows / who cares / no timetable for return category) as their top three running backs.
Somewhere Dean Koontz is so jealous.
Truth be told, none of these guys are even close to returning or even showing up to camp – let alone be starting this Sunday against the Bengals. But this is the NFL and accuracy in preseason depth charts is about as common as finding Mel Gibson handing out prayer beads at the Wednesday night anger management meeting.
Yeah Alex, I'll take over-used sports metaphors for $500.00.
… Looking to fill in some of the gaps Denver struck a deal with Huggy-Bear JR, former Raiders RB Justine Fargas, son of actor Antonio Fargas of ‘Starsky and Hutch' fame. Although his numbers have dropped faster than my 401K over the past three-years, he brings some intangibles to the Denver offense that can't be matched. Most notably he's healthy plus there's a strong possibility that he knows Al Davis' home address, which could really come in handy this Halloween.
…Matthew Willis continues to bust it wide-receiver – tremendous OTA's, tremendous camp and he's quickly becoming a crowd favorite, which around here might be considered a curse (ie Peyton Hillis). Others making some waves include Brandon Stokley, LB Robert Ayers, who got credit for two sacks before he went off with an injured elbow/arm (what's new) and DL Jamall Williams, who appears to be the size of a Volkswagon Beetle up close – dude is an absolute monster on the front line.
Those jacking it up in camp – at least for Wednesday it was the entire Broncos offense who were forced to run gassers at the end of practice for a performance that could be best described as extreme suckage. Hoping tomorrow they can at least elevate the effort back to mediocrity as they get ready to head to Cincy for a Sunday night battle with the Bengals.
For those of you thinking about heading out – tomorrow's schedule runs from 2:30 – 4:30 pm and is the last practice open to the public before Sunday night's game in Cincinnati.
Considering the price (free), you may want to come and check out Tebowmania – got a feeling you'll be seeing quite a bit of the Messiah in 2010… not necessarily as the Broncos starting QB – but enough to wet your appetite for where they may be heading, which can't be a whole lot worse than where they are.
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