National Football Post - http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Week-3-rookie-report-card.html
I disagree with everyone who is down on the Oline. I think that Denver should be happy with the play of the Oline considering.
Stanley Daniels = Zero NFL starts before this year.
JD Walton = Zero NFL starts and is a Rookie making all the calls.
Zane Beadles = Zero NFL starts and is a Rookie who change positions twice already.
The future of the Oline should be bright - Real Bright!!!!
Indianapolis at Denver
Denver has three rookies who get abundant playing time on offense. They are J.D. Walton, the starter at center, starting right tackle Zane Beadles and first-round pick Demaryius Thomas, who is playing as a backup wide receiver.
ICONDemaryius Thomas dropped a TD pass and fumbled this past Sunday.
Thomas broke his foot in the spring and had trouble with it until recently. He did little in training camp and did not play in the season opener, but played a huge role in Denver’s Week 2 win against Seattle with 8 catches and a touchdown. In Sunday’s game he was targeted 6 times and came up with 2 catches for 43 yards. He had a drop in the end zone with about 2 minutes left in the game. A catch would have brought Denver within 7 points.
Thomas is a unique talent, with great size, speed and overall athleticism. In college he played at Georgia Tech, which is not known for its passing game and because of that he is still very raw. While saying that he has the natural talent to be a star, he just needs playing experience. Thomas has very good route quickness, he can make quick cuts and get separation. He has very good ability to adjust to the ball and is a strong and fast runner after the catch. In Sunday’s game, he caught a crossing route in traffic then put a move on the defender to get a first down. He also had a good move on a catch in the red zone earlier in the game but then fumbled the ball. For the game, because of the drop and fumble, I can’t grade him better than a C+. But Thomas will be a big playmaker for the Broncos before the year is out.
Beadles starts at right tackle. They drafted him to play guard but when Ryan Harris got hurt, Beadles was moved over to tackle. He has adequate size and good ability to bend. As much as Denver throws the ball, the tackles have to be able to pass block and I was impressed with what Beadles did in this game. Denver dropped back to pass almost 60 times in the game and Beadles gave up 1 sack and a pressure. He was going against Robert Mathis, who doesn’t have great size but is an outstanding speed rusher. Beadles more than held his own. He has quick hands, good hand placement and anchors well. He still needs to improve with his run blocking. He is very tenacious but lacks the bulk and power to get consistent movement with his run blocks. He does a good job getting to the second level.
Overall, this was a good game; he deserves a solid B+. When he improves his run blocking this will be a winning player for the Broncos.
Walton was the Broncos third-round pick after an outstanding career at Baylor. Though he does not possess great size, he is smart, strong and can really use his hands. He has great snap quickness and gets to his blocks very quickly. He is not an overpowering guy but he is very competitive. He tries to keep good position and always looks to finish. He is a very alert player who looks to help out and does a good job adjusting to stunts and blitzes. On the negative side he was called twice for holding. On both plays he did not keep good position on his opponent. While he usually has good hand use, he did not on those two plays. He also missed a block near the goal line and his man made the stop. While saying that, I like his overall play. He gets a B for the game but this player will be a top center in the league for years to come. He reminds me some of Olin Kruetz, the great center with the Bears.