Thursday, August 7, 2008

Denver Broncos Training Camp Report: Day 13

The Broncos had a quick walk through in preparation for Denver's visit to Houston tomorrow. They were with only helmets and jerseys, no shells. The afternoon practice has been canceled, as we mentioned yesterday.

As you know, if you've been reading rookie running back Ryan Torain is out at least 12 weeks. Also sitting out this morning were: Hamza Abdullah (groin), Champ Bailey (hamstring), Peyton Hillis (hamstring), Chad Mustard (hamstring) and Tom Nalen (knee).

By any means necessary Spencer Larsen suits in blue instead of white.

The Denver Broncos are obviously feeling the lack of depth with both Peyton Hillis and now Ryan Torain out, Michael Pittman split between fullback and running back and rookie middle linebacker Spencer Larsen lined up as a fullback. Immediately upon being drafted coach Mike Shanahan approached Larsen and brought up the idea of the rookie playing fullback. The experiment apparently went away during OTA's, but with the Denver coaching staff surveying the field looking for a warm body to keep drills going; Spencer Larsen is once again back at fullback.

Rookie receiver Eddie Royal (whom we're giving serious consideration to just referring to as, 'The Future,' around here) lined up multiple times as the number two receiver, with Brandon Marshall at the number one and Brandon Stokley in the slot. That's a whole lot of speed and hands on the field at once, through in Tony Scheffler and an opposing defense may have problems... Expect a similar lineup with Darrell Jackson replacing Brandon Marshall for week one and week two.

If you want my guess for the lineups on Saturday well here you go. There won't be many surprises until you get down into the second and third teams:

First team:

QB Jay Cutler
HB Selvin Young
FB Cecil Sapp
TE Daniel Graham Two TE sets: Nate Jackson
LT Ryan Clady
LG Ben Hamilton
C Casey Wiegmann
RG Chris Kuper
RT Ryan Harris
WR Brandon Marshall
WR Darrell Jackson Slot receiver: Brandon Stockley

DE Elvis Dumervil
DT DeWayne Robertson
DT Marcus Thomas
DE John Engelberger
SLB Boss Bailey
MLB Nate Webster
WLB DJ Williams
CB Dre Bly
CB Domonique Foxworth Nickel: Karl Paymah
SS Marquand Manuel
FS Marlon McCree

Second/Third Team:

QB Patrick Ramsey/Darrell Hackney
HB Andre Hall/Anthony Aldridge/Michael Pittman
FB Michael Pittman/Spencer Larsen
TE Tony Scheffler Two TE sets: Brett Pierce
LT Erik Pears
LG Dylan Gandy
C Casey Wiegmann/Kory Lichtensteiger/PJ Alexander
RG Mitch Erickson
RT Tyler Polumbus
WR Keary Colbert/Glenn Martinez/Samie Parker
WR Eddie Royal/Clifford Russel/Taylor Jacobs/Marquay McDaniel

DE Jarvis Moss/Paul Carrington
DT Josh Mallard/Nic Clemons
DT Alvin McKinley/Kenny Peterson
DE Ebenezer Ekuban/Tim Crowder
SLB Louis Green/Jordan Beck
MLB Niko Koutouvides/Spencer Larsen/Miguel Padilla
WLB Jamie Winborn/Wesley Woodyard
CB Karl Paymah/Lamont Reid
CB Jack Williams Nickel: Christian Morton
SS Roderick Rogers/Josh Barrett
FS Marquand Manuel/Josh Barrett/Vickiel Vaughn

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