The final 53-man roster is set and the Denver Broncos are ready to take on their archrivals, the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. The prediction, Denver 17 Oakland 10, knock on wood if you’re with me.
Despite the uneventful seasons both organizations had last year, they always seem to play hardest against one-another and the kickoff game for Monday Night Football shouldn’t be any different.
While all 32 teams trimmed their rosters, some former Broncos made headlines and talk about Denver picking them back up turned out to be just water-cooler talk. Former wide-receiver Demaryius Thomas was released by the New England Patriots late last week and speculation that Denver would pick him up flooded social media rings; however the Broncos never made any announcements and Thomas has resigned with the Patriots who gave the former Bronco a slight raise.
While Thomas’ brief cut from the Patriots made for some speculation in Denver, just a few days prior to his cut, the Oakland Raiders cut former Defensive Back, Brandon Marshall. Marshall was a key component to the 2015 Broncos who won Super Bowl 50 whey they defeated the Carolina Panthers. Marshall has yet to sign with a team however, the Houston Texans have shown interest and had decided to work out the former Denver linebacker.
The Broncos continued a tradition that has for many years been a staple of Denver success, signing undrafted players. This year the Broncos signed two, linebackers Malik Reed and Josh Watson were named to Denver’s 53-man roster after both showed extreme promise in preseason. Reed who is undrafted out of Nevada added yet another pass-rusher to Denver’s already talented and feared linebacker corps. Watson who played at Colorado State gives the team great depth at linebacker.
While the defense is obviously Denver’s strong suite, the jury is still out on the offense. Bronco fans have only gotten a glimpse of what Joe Flacco and company will bring to this year’s team. Flacco who is in his tenth year, after spending his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens is well liked by his teammates and often referred to as “smooth, and cool.”
While Flacco is the definitive number one guy under center, the Broncos made a pretty clear statement that their 2019 drafted quarterback Drew Lock will be the team’s number two, until he returns from a severe hand sprain in Denver’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. Because Denver cut quartebacks Kevin Hogan and Brett Rypien, the Broncos decided to claim L.A. Rams Quarterback Brandon Allen off waivers, to serve as Flacco’s backup until Lock can return from injured reserve.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies were swept by the Red Sox, and the Pirates last week and over the weekend. The Rockies are in L.A. this week to face the division-leading Dodgers in a three-game series that L.A. took a lead in Monday night after beating the Rockies 16-9. Colorado has now lost seven straight as the end of the season quickly approaches. The Rockies will travel to San Diego this weekend to face the Padres in a three-game series.