Bronco Madness Update:
Nose Tackle Ronald Fields was arrested in Houston this week on misdemeanor charges of carrying a weapon. Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has had no comment on the issue.
If we lived in a world where success in college was directly equivalent to success in the NFL, the Broncos would have already guaranteed themselves a few Super Bowl rings. Sadly though, there are no guarantees in the NFL, especially when drafting. In the wake of the draft, Tim Tebow has begun his transition to the NFL, and Demaryius Thomas is recovering from an injury.
Friday, the Broncos claimed Guard Stanley Daniels previously of the Green Bay Packers off of the waiver wire, and onto their 80 man roster.
Daniels (6-foot-4, 320 pounds) is a first-year player who saw time on the Packers’ practice squad last year. He also competed on the New York Jets’ practice squad in 2008 and entered the NFL with the Rams in 2007 as a college free agent from the University of Washington.
Tim Tebow is more than just a football player. He is a name. I have had all sorts of people who don’t even watch football, step into my office to talk about him being a Bronco. Everyone knows Tebow. He is quite possibly the most divisive figure in football over the last decade. Only Tebow can have one great football mind like Tony Dungy say that he thinks that he will be great, and another great football mind like Dan Fouts say that he will fail miserably.
That is in essence why the Tebow pick was so publicized, and so why after he was drafted, everything else became a simple afterthought. Tim Tebow may end up being one of the biggest factors in the NFL play wise, but long before that, his presence alone will be a factor in the league. Wait, forget that. His presence in the NFL will be a factor in every single sector of the media.
Yesterday it was announced that f0rmer Eagles running back Brian Westbrook would be visiting the Denver Broncos today, after visiting former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan the day before in Washington D.C. Adam Schefter has expressed the Broncos interest as “serious”.
It is rumored that the visit to the Redskins was more out of courtesy, due to the fact that Westbrook and Redskins owner Dan Snyder were appearing at a NFL High School charity event. All signals point to that the Broncos on the other hand, have interest in bringing him on board.
Nothing too exciting in Denver today, but the Broncos have decided to cut undrafted running back Chris Brown out of Oklahoma. He was signed by the Denver Broncos on April 26th, two days after the NFL Draft. Reasons for the cut have not been disclosed.
In his place, University of Kentucky wide receiver Dicky Lyons has been signed to fill the roster spot left open by Brown. He finished his career, fifth among all time receivers from the University of Kentucky with 141 receptions for 1,752 yards.
So I took a week off from the site, a little bit of football cleansing you could say, and I let the entire draft sink in on me. My opinions haven’t changed too much. (Whenever I see a picture of Tim Tebow in a Broncos jersey though, I still get really excited.) I think that the Broncos might be on the right track.
With that said, the Broncos rookie mini-camp has begun, and 29 players are there. They include our nine draft picks, our 19 un-drafted free agents, and two veteran wide receivers that are trying out with the team. The goal of the mini-camp is to prepare for the season, both mentally and physically while trying to impress coaches in a quest to receive a roster spot this season. There will also be terminology lessons, and introductions to strength and conditioning training.
I got a question in an email last night, asking why it seems the Broncos have put so much effort in getting late round picks. To sum it up, every single team, including the Broncos, are looking for their great sleeper. Coaches from the Belichick tree, like McDaniels, are even more applicable to this statement. There may be no greater joy for them than drafting someone they think is a sleeper.
Every year, there are one or two players that have great success that were drafted in the 5th-to 7th rounds. Now success is relative. There are players who do a good job and have success, but that doesn’t mean they are the kind of sleeper Tom Brady was. Ahmad Bradshaw in 2007 for instance was only a seventh round pick, and he averaged 8.3 yards a carry for the Giants.