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    Articles on Dumervil, Holland and an injury update...

    Just passing on a couple more articles I think my fellow Broncomaniacs will enjoy. These two are from the Rocky Mountain News, the first on Dumervil as well as an injury update. I sure hope Elvis meets his goals:
    Monday’s Broncos report: Dumervil aims for double-digit sack total

    By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News
    August 27, 2007

    The bar has been set.

    Elvis Dumervil has established his goal for sacks this season coming off a promising rookie year.

    And he's shooting high.

    "Definitely 12 to 15," he said Monday.

    Dumervil was inactive the first three games of last season but ended up leading the team with 8 1/2 sacks. And after an offseason when he worked hard on better using his hands and varying his overall repertoire of pass-rush moves, it's his belief his goal is easily attainable.

    "Very much so, especially with the corners we have in Dré Bly and Champ Bailey," Dumervil said. "It's really like stealing. I think up front we have to take it upon ourselves to get after it because we have guys that can cover."

    Simon Fletcher set the Broncos' record with 16 sacks in 1992. No one else has gotten more than 13 1/2.

    Dumervil, who recorded a sack in his start against Cleveland, was particularly impressive on a bull- rush of Browns tackle Joe Thomas, the third pick in this year's draft, that forced Cleveland quarterback Charlie Frye out of the pocket and into teammate Amon Gordon's arms.

    Dumervil has been fighting a reputation as a specialist, given his 5-foot-11, 260-pound frame. But he has insisted he can hold up in the pros against the run despite facing bigger, stronger and quicker athletes.

    "I'm going to play my best and keep that spot," he said.

    Feeling good

    Running back Travis Henry returned to the practice field for the first time since spraining his left knee in the Broncos' Aug. 18 preseason game against Dallas. He wore a brace and took limited repetitions with the scout team.

    Henry admitted he was "a little timid" running to his left but said this week's practices should be enough for him to get back his conditioning for a full workload next week in preparation for the opener.

    "No pain," he said. "They just wanted me to feel my way, so I was just picking and choosing when I burst when I felt good. It was just to see how I was, and it was great."

    The backfield was replenished all around, as Mike Bell (hip) and Andre Hall (groin, hamstring) also returned to practice after extended absences.

    On defense, end Tim Crowder made his first appearance since spraining his left ankle Aug. 16.

    Watching and waiting

    It appears guard Ben Hamilton (concussion) will not play against the Cardinals, as had been originally hoped. But his agent, Peter Schaffer, did not rule out his client returning for the regular-season opener.

    "I would imagine Thursday's out," Schaffer said. "That's just too soon."

    The agent stressed Hamilton hasn't had a setback; instead, it's the team and everyone involved proceeding with extreme caution given the nature of the injury.

    "What is proper risk and what is unnecessary risk?" Schaffer said. "We're in consultation with the Broncos, and nobody wants to take unnecessary risk because it's the regular-season games that matter."

    Schaffer admitted getting Hamilton in playing shape could be an issue with 12 days before the season starts against Buffalo.

    "But no one works harder than Ben," he said. "It's one of those things where it's better to air on the side of caution. And I'm happy the Broncos aren't pushing him and being overly cautious."

    Paring the roster

    Defensive end Kenard Lang was the best-known figure among the first round of cuts to 75 players, though the team hadn't officially submitted the list to the NFL, pending today's 2 p.m. league deadline.

    Lang, 32, started all 16 games for only the third time in his career last season, following Courtney Brown's season-ending left knee injury. His departure leaves the Broncos with five ends, plus swing player Alvin McKinley, and means rookies Tim Crowder and Jarvis Moss will inherit more critical roles.

    Others absent as the team began preparations for the final preseason game Thursday included defensive tackle Demetrin Veal, receivers David Terrell and David Kircus, kicker Brandon Pace, running backs Cedric Cobbs and Troy Fleming and tight end Teyo Johnson.

    The Broncos had 78 players on the roster as of Monday's practice. That total includes receiver Rod Smith, who is on the physically unable to perform list and doesn't officially count.

    He said it

    "We call it 'The Sniper' - The Sniper's going to shoot them out - or the 'Grim Reaper.' It's tough for guys around this time."

    Travis Henry, running back, on the reality players might not have jobs with cuts looming this week.
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    While I obviously hope Holland does great, I was really hoping Kuper would take hold of that RG spot and run with it. But as that's not in the cards, here is a nice article on Holland:
    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/nfl/article/0,2777,DRMN_23918_5684925,00.html

    Holland blocks idea of backup plan


    Former Saint has won starting guard job and vows he will keep it

    By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News
    August 29, 2007

    ENGLEWOOD - Another game, another view from the bench.
    Only when guard Montrae Holland wears a baseball cap on the sideline Thursday night for the Broncos' preseason finale, he'll do so with the knowledge he'll be returning to the starting lineup soon enough, when the games count Sept. 9, as the team's starting right guard.

    "It's different circumstances for sure," said Holland, an unrestricted free-agent pickup in March.

    Holland was the New Orleans Saints' top player at left guard last summer before a knee sprain derailed his training camp.

    By the time he was healthy, Jamar Nesbit had moved from right tackle into his spot and wouldn't relinquish it.

    Holland ended up as the top backup at both guard spots once the season began. And while New Orleans went on its storybook run to the NFC Championship Game, his situation made it difficult to enjoy the ride.

    "It was a heartbreak because it was a big year for me," he said. "But the team is bigger than me. And I couldn't go all off and be disgruntled when we were on the move, winning games and going to playoffs. . . . So I played my role and did whatever the team wanted me to do."

    But in the process, he learned a lesson.

    "Coming into last year, I had the wrong mind-set, that I was going to get my spot back regardless. 'The coaches know I can play,' and this and that," he said. "But after awhile, when you're out, they're going to move on. So the main thing is to stay in there and don't give it up."

    Holland has done just that with the Broncos.

    Relegated to the second team behind Chris Kuper at right guard all offseason and during the beginning of training camp as well, he awaited his turn while learning the nuances of the Broncos' zone-blocking system that differs from the power-based schemes to which he'd been accustomed.

    Holland's mind-set changed Aug. 6. Kuper had a rough practice, was removed from the first team, then was publicly criticized by coach Mike Shanahan for his tough day.

    Holland since has stood his ground and won the job outright, using the experiences he had with the Saints to his advantage, only doing the replacing instead of being the one replaced.

    "It's like any other position on this team," Broncos assistant head coach/offense Mike Heimerdinger said. "Mike fired Chris that day and put Montrae in. And if Montrae hadn't stepped up and done what he was supposed to do, Chris would have been back and Montrae would have been out. But Montrae's stepped up and hasn't given that position back. And I don't think he's going to."

    Holland brings a different dimension to the Broncos' line. He's 320 pounds, but as his former Florida State teammate Milford Brown of the St. Louis Rams has reminded him, he looks 350 next to smaller linemates.

    Holland already was used to pass protecting in a pocket-based attack. And it has shown this preseason.

    "He's hard to get around," Heimerdinger said.

    The movement skills and combination blocking of the Broncos have been a bigger adjustment.

    "He's not there yet," Shanahan said. "But he does have quickness enough to run our scheme, and the more work he'll get, the better he'll be."

    That Holland already has moved into the lineup hasn't surprised Doug Marrone, the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach for the Saints.

    "Montrae is a big, strong player who actually has the quickness and ability to adjust to any system," Marrone said. "He has the athleticism and quick feet to move in space. . . . There's no question that Montrae is a starter, a player with that level of ability. He had to fight through some injuries heading into last season. But having him on our roster basically gave us a third player at guard who was of starting caliber."

    Unlike Tom Nalen, Matt Lepsis, Ben Hamilton and others, Holland hasn't had the luxury of extensive time in the Broncos' zone-blocking system before starting full time.

    Holland has tried to make up for the absence of that wait-and-see period by picking the brains of his new teammates and being diligent in his note-taking in meetings. Having Nalen, a 14-year veteran in Denver, beside him at center to identify different situations and make the proper line calls helps, too.

    "It's a pretty thorough system, but once you get in there every day you pick up things as you go," he said. "You can't master it all in six months. So I go through learning different situations day by day."

    One big plus is Holland, 27, does have previous experience playing against other defensive linemen to draw upon. He started 30 of 52 games during his four seasons with the Saints, including a career-high 13 in 2004.

    Even so, he can't help but feel as if he's completely starting over. Being named the No. 1 right guard for the Broncos has "meant a lot." The team further has demonstrated its faith in Holland by signing him to a contract extension through the 2009 season.

    He'll replace Cooper Carlisle, who departed in free agency.

    "Last year was depressing to sit on the sidelines. Sometimes I wasn't even activated. And it hurt," Holland said. "To be given an even better opportunity to come into a great team, with great coaches, and get the chance to be able to put last year behind me and move forward, it's been great. I'm excited to come to work and just to live up to what the guys want me to be."
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    Oh, one more on Holland. I didn't realize he was that strong. 565 lbs? Wow!
    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...684923,00.html

    Broncos guard has done some heavy lifting

    By Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News
    August 29, 2007

    It's apparently easy for Montrae Holland to get things off his chest.
    He still holds the record in the Florida State athletic department for the top bench press in the football program's history - 565 pounds.

    The Broncos guard beat the record held by Tra Thomas, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, by 10 pounds.

    "At Florida State, everything was about competition," he said. "And I was determined to put my name somewhere."

    Holland doesn't believe he has lost any of that strength, but he hasn't checked recently.

    He and former Saints teammate LeCharles Bentley a few years back were having their own contests as to who was stronger. Bentley ended up tearing a pectoral muscle.

    So Holland does more maintenance work now instead of trying to set new standards.

    Asked how it feels to have once pushed 565 pounds airborne, Holland smiled.

    "It brings tears to your eyes."
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    Thanks for finding these! Good stuff.

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    No problem, guys. And am I the only one thoroughly impressed by the 565 lbs? He actually got Bentley to tear his pec trying to keep up with him.

    While strength ain't everything, it's surely something. The articles indicated the coaches believe Holland also has the quickness and agility to work in our system (obviously, or they wouldn't have signed him and then given him an extension) so I hope he's the whole package.

    But I've always wondered about the big guys clogging too much of the lane in a zone blocking scheme where a lot of the holes are small enough as it is. I'll just hope the coaches know what they're doing by putting a wider body in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javalon View Post
    No problem, guys. And am I the only one thoroughly impressed by the 565 lbs? He actually got Bentley to tear his pec trying to keep up with him.

    While strength ain't everything, it's surely something. The articles indicated the coaches believe Holland also has the quickness and agility to work in our system (obviously, or they wouldn't have signed him and then given him an extension) so I hope he's the whole package.

    But I've always wondered about the big guys clogging too much of the lane in a zone blocking scheme where a lot of the holes are small enough as it is. I'll just hope the coaches know what they're doing by putting a wider body in there.
    What I took from it was with his weight (320 lbs) and strength (benched 565 in college) he can match up against the beasts that we have to play like Jamal Williams, Casey Hampton, Gerard Warren (just kidding) etc...you know, those big DTs that have given us trouble in the past. Plus I think he will help out in the passing game, he wont get run over like a smaller guy would like Cooper Carlisle who he is replacing.

    Plus he has the footwork necessary to excel in our running game, so im excited to see what he can do for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Javalon View Post
    No problem, guys. And am I the only one thoroughly impressed by the 565 lbs? He actually got Bentley to tear his pec trying to keep up with him.

    While strength ain't everything, it's surely something. The articles indicated the coaches believe Holland also has the quickness and agility to work in our system (obviously, or they wouldn't have signed him and then given him an extension) so I hope he's the whole package.

    But I've always wondered about the big guys clogging too much of the lane in a zone blocking scheme where a lot of the holes are small enough as it is. I'll just hope the coaches know what they're doing by putting a wider body in there.
    Well, It should be an asset in pass-blocking situations. The OL desperately needs to get better from last year in pass-blocking and I think it will.

    The thing to remember is that whatever his other flaws, Plummer was one of the most agile QBs in avoiding the rush in the NFL over the last 10 years. He was exceptionally good at that, and yet there was a lot of pressure in his face at times. The lighter OL just didn't do a very good job at pass-blocking. That showed up most visibly in the Pittsburgh playoff game, but at other times as well.

    Cutler isn't as mobile as Plummer and needs better blocking to be effective. Whether he gets that chance is an open question right now. The OL has to be able to keep pass-rushers out of his face enough to let him have time to throw or the Broncos offense will not be going anywhere this year. It doesn't matter how well Javon and Brandon Marshall do if Cutler doesn't have a chance to get the ball to them!

    I think that's largely why the got Holland in the first place, and why he's starting now. They want a larger G in there, so long as he's mobile enough to fit the system. The last time they tried that with George Foster of course it didn't work. Foster was too slow.
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    12 to 15 is a great expectation for dumervil, my look out on life is to live ur life while being above average, i will apply this to football. When nfl player play average they will always be average and will stay with the pack. If a player wants to have honor and be looked at as a elite player in the league, yes the road will be bumpy. Yes it’s the harder choice out of the two choices of playing average of above average, but with work comes things in return.He will be represented by all of his achievements and stats by setting goals high and following up,so with dumervil setting expectations high nothing can go wrong he is doing what most players in the nfl are not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Javalon View Post
    No problem, guys. And am I the only one thoroughly impressed by the 565 lbs? He actually got Bentley to tear his pec trying to keep up with him.

    While strength ain't everything, it's surely something. The articles indicated the coaches believe Holland also has the quickness and agility to work in our system (obviously, or they wouldn't have signed him and then given him an extension) so I hope he's the whole package.

    But I've always wondered about the big guys clogging too much of the lane in a zone blocking scheme where a lot of the holes are small enough as it is. I'll just hope the coaches know what they're doing by putting a wider body in there.
    Maybe it means the coaching staff wants to give Cutler more of a pocket then give Henry lanes to run. Hmmmm, priorities changing in the game plans perhaps...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astrass View Post
    Maybe it means the coaching staff wants to give Cutler more of a pocket then give Henry lanes to run. Hmmmm, priorities changing in the game plans perhaps...
    While I'm sure they want to give Cutler a good pocket I don't think Shanny would sacrifice a bit of the running game to accomplish it. He's too much about dominating on the ground to make the passing game more effective to do that, dating back to the Elway days. Then again, I suppose he could adjust his philosophy despite being a stubborn S.O.B.
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