One of the hardest parts about covering the Broncos at this time of year is the fact I can’t attend training camp. There’s no substitute for your own eyes.
With a little over a week until the Broncos’ preseason game I’m digging through every word out of the practices just like the rest of you.
So when The Denver Post’s Ryan O’Halloran was gracious enough to join me on Cover 2 Broncos, I was over the moon.
Here’s a quick rundown of the things we discussed:
- Are the Broncos going to base out dime personnel?
- Kyle Fuller
- Bryce Callahan
- Ronald Darby
- Kareem Jackson
- Who is Patrick Surtain going to steal playing time from?
- Who’s rotating in with the starters?
- Caden Sterns
- Michael Ojemudia
- Have any “no-name” DBs stood out?
- How often do the Broncos use two linebackers vs. one?
- Do you think Josey Jewell is going to lose time to Justin Strnad?
- Will Alexander Johnson?
- If Baron Browning’s injury means five LBs, who looks like they’re in the lead for LB4?
- Malik Reed
- Bradley Chubb
- Since the edge trio have been back together, has Fangio used all three at the same time?
- Is the starting nickel and dime personnel using Shelby Harris and Dre’Mont Jones?
- Who is playing nose with the starting base personnel with Mike Purcell out?
- Outside McTelvin Agim, who has stood out among the defensive linemen?
- If you had to score offense vs. defense through camp thus far, who comes out on top?
- Who do you think will play more: Tim Patrick or K.J. Hamler?
- Who are the active receivers on gamedays?
- Is Eric Saubert TE3?
- Has Andrew Beck played on offense?
- Is it Massie vs. Anderson for RT?
- What happened to Cameron Fleming?
- Who else stands out along the offensive line?
- Lloyd Cushenberry
- Quinn Meinerz
- Will it be a two or three headed monster in the backfield?
- Drew Lock vs. Teddy Bridgewater
- Did Lock make “the leap?”
- Who starts?
I can’t thank O’Halloran enough for his time as I have immense respect for objective reporters, and he’s a true professional. It’s something a fanalyst like me can’t hope to replicate, even if I try to take a pragmatic approach to my favorite team.
Let’s go Broncos.
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