This is my first attempt at a real fan post. My first should have been a fan shot but what do I know? Fortunately for me noone hear busted my chops. That is why I love this site. Well, here goes.
It seems to me that in a society that wants everything right now fans fueled by the MSN are using the same sort of impatience when it comes to young professional athletes. In the case of three Bronco's rookies last year I will use these immortal words. The news of their demise has been greatly exaggerated. I will explain after the jump.
1. Knowshon Moreno. Held out early and then was injured but still managed almost 1000 yards running behind what was possibly the worst offensive line the Bronco's have had for years. With a year of experience under his belt, in better condition and running behind a better O line besides being it is the second year in the system he by all means should have a better season this year!
2. Robert Ayers- Also held out and even though his statistics didn't reflect it had a pretty good rookie year getting pressure on the QB. It took Lamar Woodley more than one year to become a factor for the Steelers and I think that with Denver's improvement on the D-Line Ayers impact should start to show early this season and he will continually improve.
3. Alphonso Smith-Cornerback is one of the hardest positions to master for a young player and I do not think that Smith had any real idea what he was in for in the NFL and was overwhelmed. I read an article around the first of the year where he pretty much said that was the case and he was going to put in the study time, the gym time, work hard and do whatever it takes for him to make more of a contribution to the team this year.
In my opinion all three of these players are high character individuals with bright futures and to base an opinion on their performance(s) during their respective rookie years would be a big mistake! What does Mile High Nation think?