We’ve all seen this story, we know wideouts Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas can make great catches from the veteran that is Peyton Manning, we know that Von Miller can make impressive tackles and make juke-moves to grab whichever player has the ball.
What we haven’t seen is a running game that holds onto the ball, a defense without Miller and one that looked soft against the Rams (not the second place defense we saw last season). Proving that even with the ideal dream team of talent, there are still mistakes to be made and improvements needed.
Decker continued to connect with Manning, being the team’s top receiver with 66 yards. Thomas was a close second at 64 yards including one catch in the corner of the endzone.
Seeing the Montee Ball that we saw at Wisconsin was long overdue. Now I understand more of the hype and why he is a potential starter so soon in his professional career.
Even though he made a few rookie mistakes, which were expected, I was impressed with his speed and quick thinking. The fact that he got a lot of reps with Manning and Osweiler, including a touchdown should make fans hopeful for his potential.
Ball should hopefully get even more reps considering Ronnie Hillman continued to make mistakes and had yet another fumble. This isn’t acceptable for the second year running back and if what Adam Gase said last week about players who drop the ball not playing, Hillman may have something to be worried about.
The defense in all honestly looked sloppy. There were tackles that should have been made and catches that should have been stopped, but this comes with the territory of learning during the preseason. However at this point in the season, it should look better.
Special teams made a huge mistake on the Rams’ first drive that almost resulted in a punt return touchdown, and did lead to a touchdown on the very next play. These plays should be no-brainers at this point.
It is preseason and the Broncos did come out on top which in the end is all that matters, but once the regular season starts these little mistakes need to be resolved.