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    This morning seemed like a very solid practice, but not spectacular. Shoulder pads were worn for hitting, but no full pads and no full tackling. There were still some very solid licks though today. This practice did start to separate players on the depth chart though and bring a little more clarity to the picture.

    QB- Jake looks great so far. He really has a hold of this team with leadership, he's thrown accurately and a few balls with some very nice touch. He has even made good decisions for the most part and thrown the ball away when necessary. Bradlee Van Pelt has a very clear hold of the second string right now. Today, Van Pelt got nearly all of the snaps with the second unit and Mauck and Kanell were left to run third string together. Kanell is not impressing me so far, he threw a horrible INT in the end zone today on a ball batted by Terry Pierce and intercepted by Sam Brandon. Plummer and Van Pelt both handled the red zone drill well. Jake seems to be favoring his tight ends a lot, and he is hitting them consistently. Look for this trend to continue.
    Observed Depth chart order-
    1.Plummer
    2. Van Pelt
    3. Mauck/Kanell

    RB- M.A. seems to have a clear hold on the #1 job right now. He's running very hard and was nearly unstoppable on the goal line this morning. Tatum seemed to be playing harder and better this morning, but didn't seem to get as many snaps today, especially in the latter part of practice. Clarett had some very nice runs and played hard in all situations. He had one very nice cut back run against the grain of the defense. Q didn't practice and Ron Dayne looked solid and surprisingly nimble for the Ron Dayne we have known. The depth chart here is a little harder to figure, but M.A. is #1 and the rest are fighting. Really like what I'm seeing from Clarett. He also had one very nice 20 yard TD run in red zone drills.

    O-Line- Blocking looks very solid right now, but they've seemed to struggle with some false starts. Shanny really got on to them for the offsides, look for this problem to be resolved quickly if Mike has anything to say about it. 2nd string O-line had a tough time holding back the pass rush of the 1st team defense.

    TE- Again, the TE's are being used a lot. Putzier looks great and right on track to catch a number of TD's. Seems to be Jake's favorite target. Alexander has been solid, couple of drops though. Nate Jackson sat out some of practice but caught a real nice ball on the goal line from Jake over Ian Gold for the score. Mike Leach is not a TE, guy is lucky no one else long snaps very well. P. Hape seems to be falling down the depth chart and Wesley Duke REALLY REALLY needs to work on his blocking.

    WR- Got a little more clarity at WR today and some EXCELLENT play from Ashley Lelie. He is quickly becoming much more of an all around receiver. He caught several tough balls over the middle, an acrobatic sideline catch and deep bomb for a TD from Jake. Ashley is looking great. Rod is Rod, enough said. Darius Watts did much better holding onto the ball today and using his hands, ran the slant pattern very well and looked to have a little more confidence today. Jerry Rice was nearly invisible most of practice until Van Pelt hit him on a tight slant against the first team D that probably would have went for 20 yards. Charlie Adams had another very good day, Todd Devoe has now passed not only Crenshaw and Johnson on the depth chart, but T. Luke too. Luke was nowhere to be found today and is slipping despite his potential. Going by the 1,2,3rd team units, this is what the depth chart currently seems to be.
    1. Rod
    2. Lelie
    3. Watts
    4. Rice
    5. Charlie Adams
    6. Todd DeVoe
    7. T. Luke

    Kyle Johnson is very solid at FB and Cecil Sapp is really trying to get ahold of the #2 spot. Probably will get it too based on special teams.

    D-line- T. Pryce was solid, but didn't stand out much today. Courtney Brown and Luther Elliss practiced today, but not Ekuban. Brown looked pretty good and played active. Myers was solid and Gerard Warren looked to me like he had his best practice of camp, saw him in the backfield on several occasions. Anton Palepoi is moving up the list. When Pryce took a few snaps off from the 1st team, it was Palepoi, not Engleberger who took over. Pope and Fatafehi are holding there own in the middle against the run, but need more rush. Marco Coleman played less today with Brown back, but played solid as usual.

    LB- Al Wilson is playing very tough as usual and already laying big hits. D.J. Williams is not only playing SLB, but MLB with the other units on occasion. Ian Gold looked good again, his speed is such a great asset. Our first team LB's are blitzing very well. Jashon Sykes has been playing everywhere, and Terry Pierce raised his value today in coverage. Chuckwurah is running 3rd team with Kieth Burns, Sykes and Pierce on the 2nd.

    DB- Sam Brandon continues to raise his level of play. The coaches are obviously very pleased with LeSueur because he is entrenched as the starting nickel back and got to replace Lynch with the 1st team when he went out for a couple plays. Lynch and Ferguson are looking very good back there together and in command at all times. Chris Young's spot is falling and Brandon Browner gets a good hit in every now and then. Champ is Champ, nothing unusual today. But Lenny Walls, WOW, dude is playing out of his mind. Every other play he is either making a Big Hit, yes a big hit, or knocking the ball down in tight coverage. Foxworth is playing good and had really nice coverage on one deep ball to Adams to force an incompletion. Roc Alexander seems to be sliding down the depth chart to the 3rd team. Browner is playing safety exclusively, for good reason too. Paymah and Williams have a long way to go, but neither are getting embarassed. Both are improving each day it seems.

    Special Teams- Darrent Williams had one bad muff today, but otherwise he, Luke and Adams fielded the ball with ease. Sauerbrun was booming the ball, then Ernster came through with about two 70 yard punts of his own. Sauerbrun quickly put all thought aside though when he punted his next ball from his own 15 all the way to the end zone, it was ridiculous. His leg is like shooting a cannon.

    Overall, Lenny Walls and Ashley Lelie really seemed to steal the show in my eyes as far as consistency throughout the whole practice. Van Pelt had two offensive series' agains the first team defense and faced several blitzes and a lot of pressure. One bad decision on one of the series', then the drive failed. But his next series he marched right down the field agains our first unit for a score. The coaches are giving him every opportunity. M.A. will really help our red zone efficiency, he just wasn't stopped and our pass rush looked solid today. I think Charlie Adams is slowly assuring himself a roster spot if he keeps this up. Anyway, very interesting practice to watch to see the depth charts taking shape. And it looks like we have a favorite in Van Pelt surprisingly for the #2 job. He really did get almost every snap with the second team, and moved around with Jake at practice while Kanell and Mauck stayed together. Should be some interesting battles ahead during preseason, especially at RB. Let me know if you have any questions, sorry if I forgot to mention anything specific, just ask.
    Last edited by jletourneau; 08-02-2005, 11:29 AM. Reason: wrong date in title

  • #2
    Did you mean morning of 8/2?


    Otherwise, very interesting information. I'm not getting too involved with the training camp talk/questions until mid-late August. The depth charts are going to change constantly until then and pure time/contact is when we'll see if the injuries are healed.

    In three weeks though, Im going to be peppering you with questions, those will be the training camps not to miss.

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    • #3
      Yeah, I did mean 8/2, I was actually trying to fix in right when you posted that. Thanks for the reminder though.

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      • #4
        Great post. Im glad Jeremy LeSueur is doing well. I could name another CB out of Michigan who's doing pretty well... umm Charles Woodson? Im also glad to hear that Browner and Clarett are doing good. Hopefully those guys make it on the active roster, because if they were on the practice squad, they would be taken right away.

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        • #5
          great!

          thanks for the update
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          • #6
            How did Chris Myers do against the 1at team defense

            I saw this post and thought ....now here is someone who seems to pay attention to detail. I would like to find out how you think Chris Myers did at center during the workout you went to? I would appreciate any imput you may have noticed on Chris



            Originally posted by jletourneau
            This morning seemed like a very solid practice, but not spectacular. Shoulder pads were worn for hitting, but no full pads and no full tackling. There were still some very solid licks though today. This practice did start to separate players on the depth chart though and bring a little more clarity to the picture.

            QB- Jake looks great so far. He really has a hold of this team with leadership, he's thrown accurately and a few balls with some very nice touch. He has even made good decisions for the most part and thrown the ball away when necessary. Bradlee Van Pelt has a very clear hold of the second string right now. Today, Van Pelt got nearly all of the snaps with the second unit and Mauck and Kanell were left to run third string together. Kanell is not impressing me so far, he threw a horrible INT in the end zone today on a ball batted by Terry Pierce and intercepted by Sam Brandon. Plummer and Van Pelt both handled the red zone drill well. Jake seems to be favoring his tight ends a lot, and he is hitting them consistently. Look for this trend to continue.
            Observed Depth chart order-
            1.Plummer
            2. Van Pelt
            3. Mauck/Kanell

            RB- M.A. seems to have a clear hold on the #1 job right now. He's running very hard and was nearly unstoppable on the goal line this morning. Tatum seemed to be playing harder and better this morning, but didn't seem to get as many snaps today, especially in the latter part of practice. Clarett had some very nice runs and played hard in all situations. He had one very nice cut back run against the grain of the defense. Q didn't practice and Ron Dayne looked solid and surprisingly nimble for the Ron Dayne we have known. The depth chart here is a little harder to figure, but M.A. is #1 and the rest are fighting. Really like what I'm seeing from Clarett. He also had one very nice 20 yard TD run in red zone drills.

            O-Line- Blocking looks very solid right now, but they've seemed to struggle with some false starts. Shanny really got on to them for the offsides, look for this problem to be resolved quickly if Mike has anything to say about it. 2nd string O-line had a tough time holding back the pass rush of the 1st team defense.

            TE- Again, the TE's are being used a lot. Putzier looks great and right on track to catch a number of TD's. Seems to be Jake's favorite target. Alexander has been solid, couple of drops though. Nate Jackson sat out some of practice but caught a real nice ball on the goal line from Jake over Ian Gold for the score. Mike Leach is not a TE, guy is lucky no one else long snaps very well. P. Hape seems to be falling down the depth chart and Wesley Duke REALLY REALLY needs to work on his blocking.

            WR- Got a little more clarity at WR today and some EXCELLENT play from Ashley Lelie. He is quickly becoming much more of an all around receiver. He caught several tough balls over the middle, an acrobatic sideline catch and deep bomb for a TD from Jake. Ashley is looking great. Rod is Rod, enough said. Darius Watts did much better holding onto the ball today and using his hands, ran the slant pattern very well and looked to have a little more confidence today. Jerry Rice was nearly invisible most of practice until Van Pelt hit him on a tight slant against the first team D that probably would have went for 20 yards. Charlie Adams had another very good day, Todd Devoe has now passed not only Crenshaw and Johnson on the depth chart, but T. Luke too. Luke was nowhere to be found today and is slipping despite his potential. Going by the 1,2,3rd team units, this is what the depth chart currently seems to be.
            1. Rod
            2. Lelie
            3. Watts
            4. Rice
            5. Charlie Adams
            6. Todd DeVoe
            7. T. Luke

            Kyle Johnson is very solid at FB and Cecil Sapp is really trying to get ahold of the #2 spot. Probably will get it too based on special teams.

            D-line- T. Pryce was solid, but didn't stand out much today. Courtney Brown and Luther Elliss practiced today, but not Ekuban. Brown looked pretty good and played active. Myers was solid and Gerard Warren looked to me like he had his best practice of camp, saw him in the backfield on several occasions. Anton Palepoi is moving up the list. When Pryce took a few snaps off from the 1st team, it was Palepoi, not Engleberger who took over. Pope and Fatafehi are holding there own in the middle against the run, but need more rush. Marco Coleman played less today with Brown back, but played solid as usual.

            LB- Al Wilson is playing very tough as usual and already laying big hits. D.J. Williams is not only playing SLB, but MLB with the other units on occasion. Ian Gold looked good again, his speed is such a great asset. Our first team LB's are blitzing very well. Jashon Sykes has been playing everywhere, and Terry Pierce raised his value today in coverage. Chuckwurah is running 3rd team with Kieth Burns, Sykes and Pierce on the 2nd.

            DB- Sam Brandon continues to raise his level of play. The coaches are obviously very pleased with LeSueur because he is entrenched as the starting nickel back and got to replace Lynch with the 1st team when he went out for a couple plays. Lynch and Ferguson are looking very good back there together and in command at all times. Chris Young's spot is falling and Brandon Browner gets a good hit in every now and then. Champ is Champ, nothing unusual today. But Lenny Walls, WOW, dude is playing out of his mind. Every other play he is either making a Big Hit, yes a big hit, or knocking the ball down in tight coverage. Foxworth is playing good and had really nice coverage on one deep ball to Adams to force an incompletion. Roc Alexander seems to be sliding down the depth chart to the 3rd team. Browner is playing safety exclusively, for good reason too. Paymah and Williams have a long way to go, but neither are getting embarassed. Both are improving each day it seems.

            Special Teams- Darrent Williams had one bad muff today, but otherwise he, Luke and Adams fielded the ball with ease. Sauerbrun was booming the ball, then Ernster came through with about two 70 yard punts of his own. Sauerbrun quickly put all thought aside though when he punted his next ball from his own 15 all the way to the end zone, it was ridiculous. His leg is like shooting a cannon.

            Overall, Lenny Walls and Ashley Lelie really seemed to steal the show in my eyes as far as consistency throughout the whole practice. Van Pelt had two offensive series' agains the first team defense and faced several blitzes and a lot of pressure. One bad decision on one of the series', then the drive failed. But his next series he marched right down the field agains our first unit for a score. The coaches are giving him every opportunity. M.A. will really help our red zone efficiency, he just wasn't stopped and our pass rush looked solid today. I think Charlie Adams is slowly assuring himself a roster spot if he keeps this up. Anyway, very interesting practice to watch to see the depth charts taking shape. And it looks like we have a favorite in Van Pelt surprisingly for the #2 job. He really did get almost every snap with the second team, and moved around with Jake at practice while Kanell and Mauck stayed together. Should be some interesting battles ahead during preseason, especially at RB. Let me know if you have any questions, sorry if I forgot to mention anything specific, just ask.

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            • #7
              Can you post the depth chart for the CB's so far, on what you've seen. Thanks for the report.

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              • #8
                Wow!

                Great report! Thank you very much!



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                • #9
                  That is good, that Plummer, Brown and Warren are plying good. Thanks for the information.

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                  • #10
                    Another great post

                    Are you a journalist? If not, quit your day job right now and become one! Great, great stuff.
                    I know it is hard to see during practice, but how does Cooper Carlisle look so far? He is the only question mark on the line, IMO. Danny Neil was just such a stud that I never worried about that guard position.

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                    • #11
                      I highly doubt that BVP is going to be #2. Just because he was getting 2nd team reps means nothing. It's like a backup taking first team reps to see how they work out. From what I can see, Mauck is looking like the #2....
                      My Broncomania Adopt-a-Bronco: Rod Smith

                      Elway stops, loads up, throws deep down the middle of the field and Rod Smith's got it!

                      America is like your team, and if your not gonna root for your team then get the hell outta the stadium.

                      Madden Online Record 109-90 (7-3 L10)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 77OlinesDad
                        I saw this post and thought ....now here is someone who seems to pay attention to detail. I would like to find out how you think Chris Myers did at center during the workout you went to? I would appreciate any imput you may have noticed on Chris
                        Probably the most difficult thing for me to get a close look at is the o-line, but your son seems to be holding his own quite well from what I can tell. The sideline view doesn't give me a great view of the interior line, unless there is a big breakdown or a penalty. One of the biggest knocks I saw on the o-line today was the occasional false start, or a coach specifically correcting a player. I didn't notice your son being called for any of the false start penalties, nor did I hear him get specifically critiqued by the coaches. Foster got yelled at a little, Cameron Spikes who might fight for a guard spot got a little wrath from Shanahan and Anthony Clement has had his struggles sometimes. Your son plays like the prototypical Bronco lineman. It has looked like he has gotten more and more practice time each practice from what I could tell.

                        I saw a little more of your son at Sunday's practice than today, he looked very good that day. I'm sorry I haven't been able to peg more specifics. I have tried watching for him to see if he subs for long snapping, but haven't noticed. The practices I have been to have only had about fifteen minutes each of special teams. Mike Leach does the majority of long snapping, but they tried out Patrick Hape today, I didn't think Hape looked very great at it. Chris seems to be in a nice rotation though with Nalen and Ben Hamilton.

                        I really like what I've seen from your son. You have a lot to be proud of. Hope this gives you a little feedback, sorry I don't have much more.

                        To add a little more, when they went up agains the first team D, the offense was blitzed a lot it seemed. No easy task with Wilson and Gold coming up the middle. But the blitzes were held in check for the most part, I think one of them got a sack. But otherwise, they did give Van Pelt enough time to lead them to a score.
                        Last edited by jletourneau; 08-02-2005, 12:47 PM. Reason: a couple other observations

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                        • #13
                          Is John Lynch playing strong or free safety? Last year it was FS, and that's not where he needs to be IMO.
                          My Broncomania Adopt-a-Bronco: Rod Smith

                          Elway stops, loads up, throws deep down the middle of the field and Rod Smith's got it!

                          America is like your team, and if your not gonna root for your team then get the hell outta the stadium.

                          Madden Online Record 109-90 (7-3 L10)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BroncosB2B
                            I highly doubt that BVP is going to be #2. Just because he was getting 2nd team reps means nothing. It's like a backup taking first team reps to see how they work out. From what I can see, Mauck is looking like the #2....
                            Hard to say for sure. I shared the same opinion as you before, but read on the main page as well yesterday that Van Pelt was sharing 2nd team reps with Kanell then too, and Mauck was still the one back. At today's practice, it was not even close the kind of playing time Van Pelt got compared to Mauck or Kanell. Van Pelt may not win the #2 job, but right now he is being given every opportunity to take it. Mauck got one drive with the third team against the third team defense and still didn't move the ball. Van Pelt went against the first team defense twice and got the offense into the end zone. Time will tell I guess.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BroncosB2B
                              Is John Lynch playing strong or free safety? Last year it was FS, and that's not where he needs to be IMO.
                              That's a really good question, unfortunately, I have failed to ask it myself while at practice and haven't taken a specific look. He and Ferguson have just played so solid together that I've focused most of my specific attention elsewhere.

                              I'm not sure when I'll get to attend another practice, but I'll try and take a closer look. Regardless, I can assure you that both Lynch and Ferguson are looking very sharp.

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