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  • Spencer "IRONMAN" Larsen Returns to Practice

    From DB.com blogs

    http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denver...ing-to-action/

    As my adopted Bronco I am thrilled larsen is back on the field! I think special teams suffered with him out. Also, the short yardage game was hampered IMHO. Good to see him back, it;s always good to have versatile players on the roster.

    Davis has been playing great and we have been lucky this year with a lack of serious injuries, but we've been thin at ILB with Larsen out. You never know when he might need to step up.

    Here's to a big hit against The Ravens!:salute!::go:

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    Larson back in the lineup will add a new dimension to our already potent defense. and help shore up special teams. I am pumped for his return.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by broncolassiter View Post
      Larson back in the lineup will add a new dimension to our already potent defense. and help shore up special teams. I am pumped for his return.
      Yeah, they even had Russ Hochstien lead blocking lately. A lot of people have speculated that Hillis hasn't seen the touches because larsen was out and we didn't have a back up if Hillis went down.

      Some people have been down on Hillis because of that kick return fumble and some stupid penalties and failed short yardage tries. But the truth is, Hillis was just misused, he's not a Kick returner. With Larsen lead blocking and Hillis with the ball on short yardage and goaline I think our problems would be over.

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      • #4
        About time i missed them hard hits on kick returns.Larsons back to tear $hit up... bring on the hits baby:go:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by rainmaker View Post
          Yeah, they even had Russ Hochstien lead blocking lately. A lot of people have speculated that Hillis hasn't seen the touches because larsen was out and we didn't have a back up if Hillis went down.

          Some people have been down on Hillis because of that kick return fumble and some stupid penalties and failed short yardage tries. But the truth is, Hillis was just misused, he's not a Kick returner. With Larsen lead blocking and Hillis with the ball on short yardage and goaline I think our problems would be over.
          peytons biggest problem is that he is dumb as a rock

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          • #6
            Larsen is back and he's going to be pissed!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BRONCOS_OWN_U16 View Post
              peytons biggest problem is that he is dumb as a rock
              Thats harsh.

              But I did notice on two seperate occasions Hillis didn't know where to line up and Orton had to call TO on one and tell him on another. He also argued the 'blatant' block in the back as "bull****" on national TV.

              Dumb as a rock tho? he seems to have some field smarts like knowing where the first down marker is...and getting there. He ran Shanny's compicated offense at TB and FB without any miscues that I remember.

              Granted he is no Stokley or Bailey with game smarts but Dumb as a rock?? haha:go:

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rainmaker View Post
                Yeah, they even had Russ Hochstien lead blocking lately. A lot of people have speculated that Hillis hasn't seen the touches because larsen was out and we didn't have a back up if Hillis went down.

                Some people have been down on Hillis because of that kick return fumble and some stupid penalties and failed short yardage tries. But the truth is, Hillis was just misused, he's not a Kick returner. With Larsen lead blocking and Hillis with the ball on short yardage and goaline I think our problems would be over.
                Man I couldn't have said this better! I have been saying that if McD were to use Hillis instead of Moreno, or Buck on those short yardage plays, we'd have a much easier time converting. Moreno is just getting stuffed time and time again on those short yardage downs. I hope this brings Hillis back into the lineup somehow. He has proven he can really play.:go:
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BRONCOS_OWN_U16 View Post
                  peytons biggest problem is that he is dumb as a rock
                  Absolutely.
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                  • #10
                    Here is the article if anyone wants it:

                    oming off a rock-solid rookie campaign, Spencer Larsen was set on making a big splash in his second season at the pro ranks.

                    Against the Falcons last season, Larsen became the first Bronco in team history to start on both offense (fullback) and defense (linebacker) in the same game. Against coverage units, Larsen became a standout special teams player, finishing tied for third on the club with nine tackles. He was fast becoming known as one of the Broncos’ most versatile players.

                    This offseason, Larsen was determined to continue his role as a multidimensional player. Thus, he dug deep into his collection of playbooks during his spare time, while rotating between offensive, defensive and special teams meetings during OTAs, mini-camps and training camp.

                    Finally confident in the different concepts thrown at him, Larsen was set on applying what he learned during the offseason in the team’s regular season opener at Cincinnati. Those plans, however, were quickly derailed by a freak pregame accident. As the game was nearing kickoff, Larsen slipped and fell in the locker room, landing on his shoulder and costing him several weeks of action.

                    “I watched the game in the locker room by myself with ice on my shoulder for three hours,” Larsen remembers. “It was a wonderful win, but it was very hard seeing everybody come in at halftime and not being able to be a part of it.”


                    Larsen, who returned to practice field on Monday, said his frustration level with the injury stemmed not just from the injury itself, but how the injury occurred. He called it a “challenging time.”

                    “It wasn’t something like I went and had a big hit or something like that - a cool story I could tell everybody,” Larsen said. “It was something very very weird that happened. A lot of coaches told me it was one of the worst things they’ve ever seen.”

                    As disappointed as he has been to miss the first six games of the season, Larsen remained focused on the task at hand — doing everything necessary to return to the field. To maintain his performance level, he worked tirelessly to stay in shape on a daily basis with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten.

                    Just as importantly, Larsen has stayed mentally prepared by keeping the same routine he maintains while he plays.

                    “I have been doing everything I’d be doing if I was going to play,” Larsen said. “I’ve watched all the film, I’ve been in every meeting, I’ve been in every walk through.”

                    Larsen said he will not know if he’ll be on the field this Sunday until he sees how his shoulder responds — starting Monday — to a week’s worth of practice.

                    But Head Coach Josh McDaniels appears to be eager to use Larsen’s unique services in the near future. McDaniels said he expected Larsen to contribute to all four phases of the kicking game at the onset of the season, and still hopes he’ll excel at that role during the stretch run.

                    McDaniels also believes Larsen can be a valuable contributor at linebacker and fullback.

                    “A player like that, that can add that versatility to your team, I think, is the kind of guy that you want to wait on (when injured),” McDaniels said.

                    “If you are waiting on a guy that can only do one thing, maybe the decision would be more difficult,” he continued. “It wasn’t an injury that we felt like would keep him out past the bye week. Hopefully, that will be the case this week as he returns to the field and we can see his progress. Hopefully, he will be able to make an impact on our team going down the stretch here.”
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Markymarkuss777 View Post
                      Man I couldn't have said this better! I have been saying that if McD were to use Hillis instead of Moreno, or Buck on those short yardage plays, we'd have a much easier time converting. Moreno is just getting stuffed time and time again on those short yardage downs. I hope this brings Hillis back into the lineup somehow. He has proven he can really play.:go:
                      The line is getting pushed backwards, it doesn't matter who is running the ball they are going to get stuffed, hopefully Larsen helps this problem, we were better at short yardage last year and the only difference is we haven't had Larsen.

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                      • #12
                        Nice to have Spencer back!

                        I love all those hits he has on special teams. :salute!:
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BRONCOS_OWN_U16 View Post
                          peytons biggest problem is that he is dumb as a rock
                          I think his biggest problem is that he is not getting RB carries. I think a guy like him can have much more success than Moreno (in his current state) against tough defenses like Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Remember he was the 1st RB to break 100 yards against the Jets last season.

                          As for Larsen, it is great to have him back since Woodyard was our only backup ILB.
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                          • #14
                            Here was an interesting quote from McDaniels:

                            http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.ph...4&storyID=9510

                            Regarding Spencer Larsen-

                            He contributes in all four phases of the kicking game. He was going to be an integral part of that unit the first six weeks and hopefully will be the last 10 games. He plays a role on our defense. (He) is a smart guy and can do that and flips it over and is a lead blocker on offense.
                            He was playing very well during preseason, but good enough to find a role on the defense? That's impressive.

                            I really believe that Peyton Hillis wasn't getting opportunities because he was the only fullback and he had to take Spencer Larsen's place on special teams, so they couldn't risk involving him more in the offense and having him get injured.

                            I hope Hillis gets his shot now that Larsen is back :salute!:


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