The week started off with rain in the forecast causing the Denver Broncos to head indoors for practice closing off practice to the public. While most were expecting clearer days as the week progressed, hoping to see more of the two quarterbacks compete for the top spot. The battle for starting quarterback hasn’t even began according to John Elway. Last week Elway said, “We’ve been in camp a week and two days. We’ll get into preseason. We have not played a game. So as soon as we play a couple games we’ll evaluate then and a decision will be made.”
As we head into the first preseason game this week, Denver fans get a chance to see the quarterback battle in full swing as Trevor Siemian will start in Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears. Paxton Lynch has had some struggles in trying to pry the starting quarterback spot from Siemian’s grasp, and last week tossed a single interception during practice. Lynch shrugged off the interception and had this to say, “Obviously, I threw that one pick that I can’t have, but that’s what practice and training camp are for, to take your chances and make your mistakes out here so when you get in the game you learn from them.”
One battle that has garnered little attention but has been obvious to fans attending practice are the wide receivers, where the Broncos are stacked. Currently, Denver’s receivers competing for spots are; Bennie Fowler, Isaiah McKenzie, Carlos Henderson, Cody Latimer, Jordan Taylor with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, Denver’s number one and two with likely starting positions for the upcoming season. There’s definitely talent among those mentioned above but Denver will have to trim the roster down before the regular season and several of those talents will likely end up on other squads throughout the league.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies are still pushing their way toward the post-season with series wins over the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies. Colorado beat the Mets two of three in their three-game series and the Phillies two of three in three as well. Colorado heads out on the road this week to face the Cleveland Indians and the Miami Marlins. Colorado has moved a half game ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks but still have a pretty big hill to climb to catch up to the L.A. Dodgers who are 15.5 games ahead of the Rox.
The Colorado Rockies first skipper, Don Baylor died Monday, August 7 at the age of 68 after a 14-year battle with multiple myeloma. Baylor was skipper for the Rockies from 1993 - 1998 leading the Rockies to their first winning season in 1995 and earning a wild card that year. Due to his early success, Baylor won the National League Manager of the Year award. Baylor will always hold a special place in Colorado sports history. Rest in Peace Skipper.
This past week the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted Denver Bronco Terrell Davis (30) for his 7 phenomenal seasons with the Denver Broncos. Terrell Davis helped John Elway and the Broncos win back to back Super Bowls in 1997 - 98 over the Green Bay Packers and the Atlanta Falcons. Terrell Davis was also named Super Bowl MVP. Congratulations TD!