I just wanted to share this with you while I was organizing my thoughts on Friday morning's full pads practice and scrimmage.
QB: Had a chance to observe Kyle close up and get an autograph. Orton looks very in control. He gets rid of the ball, he looks buff, and he exudes serenity - like the kid in the song "All Kinds of Time" by Fountains of Wayne. If you don't know that song, give it a listen, it's neat. Be ready to see exactly what Orton can be barring broken throwing fingers, etc, so long as the pass protection is average or better. Quinn looks just like a backup and hopefully he will be a very competent backup. I happened to go on a day when Tebow appeared to be unable to read coverages or throw a spiral. I'm assuming that he is a long-term project who cannot fairly be evaluated for a year or two. Unlike others, I cannot expect any contribution from him this season from what I saw.
O-line: Got a good look at their drills and scrimmaging. Harris is playing without any apparent limitation. Kuper looks good. Beadles and Walton inspire hope and some confidence. They both look like they will be competitive right out of the chute. They look like men - very large men compared to what was - and even compared to Harris. Batiste looks like someone who will make the cut. Another very large man. Seth Olsen did not make any impression other than he had long hair like a Viking.
RB: On first impression, LenDale White stood out as a nice addition. The rest pale by comparison: First, #26 is about as big of a running back as I've ever seen (when he was standing next to lineman, he was just not that much smaller). Second, he blasted through the front seven a few times to the second level (one was for a TD just like on that highlight reel) , showing some speed. He just seems like a guy that can run effectively against eight in the box, and you know what that can do for your passing game. Hopefully he has his head screwed on straight and the crowds' chants of "Welcome home LenDale!" which he received every time he did something positive help keep him on track.
WR/TE: I boldly predict Demaryus Thomas will contribute on day one. The receivers were working on post patterns. Thomas runs them better than anyone who was out there. Bombs away Broncos. He looks very fast. He demonstrated how good he can be in scrimmage, getting behind everyone on the post, snagging Quinn's (I think) throw over the back's head, over his head, and going to the house. This is something you did not get with BMarsh. Brandon Lloyd continues to impress me, but I was a fan when he was with DaBears. Willis can really run and catch. But he is a smurf. He has terrific quicks and is especially impressive on out patterns. I have seen him in on returns, and he is no great shakes. Is there a role for him? I just don't know. For my comfort level, if it came down to Stokely versus Lloyd versus Willis, they had better damn well keep Stokely and Lloyd, unless they have a really good trade lined up. Graham looks ready to go. I really wish they used him more as a receiver. Unfortunately, no other TE impressed me at all.
I'd tell you more, but I have got to move on....