Scouting Report: Denver Broncos

Clinton Portis may not start, or play much leaving starting fullback Mike Anderson as the backup. If Anderson does play running back, then Reuben Droughns will take over for him at fullback. SS Kenoy Kennedy hasn't practiced much this week and is doubtful for Sundays game. More on the Broncos inside!

Roster Notes:

 

Clinton Portis may not start, or play much leaving starting fullback Mike Anderson as the backup. If Anderson does play running back, then Reuben Droughns will take over for him at fullback. SS Kenoy Kennedy hasn't practiced much this week and is doubtful for Sundays game.

Depth Chart
QB- Jake Plummer

RB- Clinton Portis

FB- Mike Anderson

LWR- Rod Smith

RWR- Ed McCaffrey

LT- Ephraim Salaam

LG- Ben Hamilton

C- Tom Nalen

RG- Dan Neil

RT- Matt Lepsis

 

LDE- Trevor Pryce

LDT- Monsanto Pope

RDT- Darrius Holland

RDE- Bertrand Berry

SLB- John Mobley

MLB- Al Wilson

WLB- Ian Gold

LCB- Lenny Walls

SS- Nick Ferguson

FS- Sam Brandon

RCB- Deltha O' Neal

 

K- Jason Elam

P- Micah Knorr

KR- Chris Cole

PR- Deltha O'Neal

LS- Mike Leach

 

Offense

 

Strength

            Very talented offense. Jake Plummer has great athleticism and play making ability, and could be an exceptional quarterback if he limits his mistakes. Clinton Portis, is certainly the next in line to the thrown of spectacular running backs the Broncos keep producing. The defintion of "total package", Portis game is practically flawless. He's got the patience and vision to find the hole and the quickness/speed to bust up field. He may not play much on Sunday, but if/when he does, the run game will be tough to stop. The backup, Mike Anderson is still a very good runner and receiver. The receivers are a deadly set of triplets- Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey, and Ashley Lelie. Smith and "easy e" are getting up there in age but they are still very reliable possession receivers. Ashley Lelie is the x factor. He has incredible speed and play making ability.  Lelie is usually matched up with a teams third corner which allows him to matchup very well against any team. Shannon Sharpe is like a fine wine, He can still stretch a defense and be a contributor. With some much attention being paid to the receivers, Sharpe is a guy no defense can forget about. The interior lineman are dominant run blockers Tom Nalen and Dan Neil are both some of the best at their respective positions.

 

 

Weakness

            Jake Plummer may make alot of plays, but he makes just as many mistakes. His arm strength is sub-par and his decision making is off, especially when he leaves the pocket. Anderson is a below average blocker. Salaam may be the weak point of the line. He is to inconsistent with his run blocking to be an effective starter.

 

Defense

Strength

            The linebackers are still very productive. Sam linebacker John Mobley is excellent in pursuit, and is a textbook tackler. Mack linebacker Al Wilson is always near the top of the league in tackles. Wilson is tough up the gut and can track down plays sideline to sideline. He has quickly become one of the most dominant inside forces in the game. Will linebacker Ian Gold is very athletic and superb at tracking down a play. Trevor Pryce is one of the top defensive ends in the NFL. He is an effective passer and is tough against the run. The secondary is still very young, but has played well thus far. Free safety Sam Brandon has excellent range and speed, plus he is strong at the point of attack and in pursuit.

 

Weakness

            With the exception of Trevor Pryce, this defensive line isn't very talented. Monsanto Pope, Darrius Holland and Bertrand Berry aren't exactly household names. They mostly keep bodies off the linebackers and let them do the dirty work filling in the gaps. The liability of stopping the run is placed heavily on the backers'. Mobley isn't tough standing his ground at the point of attack, and has trouble covering tight ends. Ian Gold also gets over powered when teams run at him. Willie Middlebrooks was a complete bust to fix this secondary and is a non factor now. Deltha O'Neal is very inconsistent at times. Lenny Walls isn't a reliable a #2 corner. He has problems adjusting to receivers on cuts and double moves. Nick Ferguson is a liability when thrust into a starting role. His deep zone coverage skills are weak and his speed/range are sub par.

 

 

Special Teams

            Jason Elam's range is decreasing and he's never been great on kickoffs, but he is still very accurate inside the 40. Punter Micah Knorr has been having a surprising season thus far, 3rd ranked in the AFC. Knorr has always gotten great hangtime during his career but has struggled with accuracy. Long snapper Mike Leach puts incredible zip on the ball but hisaccuracy is occasionally off. The return game is nothing special. Deltha O' Neal doesn't have the breakaway speed to be a deep threat. The coverage teams are solid.


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