While the outcome of 2017-18 Denver Bronco’s season is still an uncertainty, Bronco fans have enjoyed how well Denver has played over their first three games of the preseason. Many will argue that preseason doesn’t mean much, and I tend to agree with that; however, NFL teams are known to take advantage of at least one of the last two games of the preseason, giving more playtime to first team starters in an attempt to trim their rosters down to the 53 man requirement.
The Denver Broncos hosted the Green Bay Packers at Mile High on Saturday evening and Denver fans got to chance to see Jamaal Charles in action for the first time. Charles didn’t disappoint as he rushed for 27 yards on 4 attempts and caught two passes for 15 yards. Coach Vance Joseph had this to say about Charles, “I thought Jamaal was impressive. I mean he hadn’t played football in almost a year and a half. I was impressed with Jamaal and I was hoping he looked like that tonight. I was pleased.” Charles will likely make the 53 man roster behind C.J. Anderson however we just may see the two rotate at the starting position. Denver is known for rotating running-backs, and they have a productive guy in De’Angelo Henderson at number 3 as well, even though Henderson had one lost fumble in Saturday’s game. While the Bronco’s running game has struggled over past several years, they certainly have a much more promising set of backs heading into the regular season.
Another player that shined on Sunday was wide receiver Jordan “Sunshine” Taylor, who made three spectacular catches for 36 yards. There’s definitely chemistry between Quarterback Trevor Siemian and Taylor which was obvious Saturday evening. Taylor had this to say about his rapport with Siemian, “Yeah, for sure, me and Trev (Trevor Siemian) have put in a lot of work over these past two and a half years and I think it’s starting to pay off.” Siemian was named the starter for the regular season last week, ahead of Paxton Lynch who left Saturday’s game with an injury to his right shoulder. Coach Joseph said, “...the X-ray’s were negative but we’re going to get an MRI tomorrow to kind of confirm what we saw tonight. The initial X-Rays were negative for any bone issues.”
The Denver Broncos will face the Arizona Cardinals at home this Thursday in their fourth and last preseason game. Denver is expected to play their starters for a short period of time while they get one last look at 2nd and 3rd team players before trimming the roster down to 53. Thursday nights game begins at 7 p.m. MST.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies lost 2 of 3 in their series against the Kansas City Royals last week, but won 2 of three in their series against the Atlanta Braves over the weekend. Colorado will face the Detroit Tigers this week to close out the month of August. The Rockies have a chance to keep the month of August at .500 with a sweep over the Tigers. This weekend the Rockies will start a 6 game home stretch against division opponents starting with the Arizona Diamondbacks and finishing up next Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants.