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Peyton Manning was better, though certainly not back to his spectacular old self, in one half of play during Denver's 30-10 exhibition loss to Seattle. Manning went 16-of-23 passing for 177 yards and two interceptions in the game, struggling at times but excelling in the no-huddle offense. More importantly to both Manning and the Broncos, he took his first serious contact -- a hit after throwing an incompletion from Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin -- and bounced back to his feet.
Manning, though, was not particularly pleased (via Jason La Canfora):
"We can build on this," Manning said. "But there were some things we have to improve on, and some things I have to improve on."
As Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports points out, Manning looked more comfortable when directing the hurry-up offense, but did not take many shots downfield:
[Manning] went heavy no huddle, again largely in the shotgun, running back and forth to the line of scrimmage to bark out instructions and make adjustments as we've seen over all these years.
"We want to play fast and use that to our advantage," Decker said. "That's our goal."
Manning looked good putting the ball right in Dreessen's arms for a 20-yard gain over the middle, and was 4 for 4 for 47 yards on that drive, which ended with a one-yard touchdown run from Willis McGahee. There were also a few times when Manning rolled left and really stepped into his throws, putting some extra oomph into the delivery.
But Manning was also restrained in his approach, not attempting many deep throws. Some balls were wobbly and he was clearly not pleased with the interceptions.
The Broncos return to preseason action on Aug. 26, hosting the San Francisco 49ers.
The Denver Broncos dropped to 1-1 in the preseason following Saturday night's home loss to the Seattle Seahawks 30-10. The Seahawks scored three touchdowns in the second half to turn a one-point deficit into a 20-point victory.
The Broncos led at halftime, 10-9, on the strength of a Matt Prater field goal and a Willis McGahee touchdown, but that was all the offense the team was able to get with Peyton Manning on the field. Manning was 16-of-23 for 177 yards and two interceptions. The first interception was batted down by a defensive lineman and landed in the hands of K.J. Wright. McGahee led Broncos rushers with 28 yards on eight carries.
After Manning led the team during the first half, Brock Osweiler took over for the remainder of the game ad didn't do much to distinguish himself. He was 5-of-11 for 38 yard. Osweiler's rookie counterpart on Seattle, Russell Wilson, a former Colorado Rockies prospect, threw two touchdown passes when he led the offense during the second half of the game. He connected with Tyrell Sutton for a 34-yard score and Cooper Helfet for an eight-yard score. Wilson was 10-of-17 for 155 yards.
With Seattle's explosive offense in the second half and Denver's lackluster performance, the Seahawks out-gained the Broncos in total yards, 405 to 247.
The Broncos will host the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2:00 p.m. MT.
Rookie quarterbacks took over their respective team's offense at the start of the second half. Second-round draft choice Brock Osweiler is 2-of-4 for 24 yards for the Broncos. Meanwhile, Seattle's Russell Wilson, a third-round selection, is 4-of-8 for 38 yards. He also has rushed three times for 20 yards.
Wilson, unlike Osweiler, is actually competing for the starting quarterback position. His competition is Matt Flynn and he was hardly outstanding in the game. He was 6-of-13 for 31 yards in the first half. Two performed about evenly in the team's first preseason game and are close to doing it this week -- just with weaker production.
Also note, Wilson had been a Colorado Rockies prospect until last summer, when he decided to return to school and commit to football.
The Denver Broncos put a field goal on the board at the end of the second quarter to take a 10-9 lead over the Seattle Seahawks at halftime. However, that was a frustrating scoring drive for the Broncos, as Jacob Tamme dropped a third-down pass that would have been a touchdown.
Peyton Manning played the entire first half and was 16-of-23 for 177 yards. He did throw two interceptions to blemish his night, and on each one the Steve Hauschka wound up kicking a 43-yard field goal. The Seahawks picked up their other field goal after recovering a Lance Ball fumble.
On the Broncos' second-quarter scoring drive, Manning ran the offense in a two-minute drill situation starting with 2:39 left in the half. Manning threw 11 straight passes and completed eight of them. Tamme, who dropped a potential touchdown, did put the team in position for that by picking up 13 yards on the previous pass.
Brandon Stokley is Manning's leading receiver with three catches for 41 yards.
The Denver Broncos lead the Seattle Seahawks, 7-3, after one quarter of play at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday evening. The Seahawks held a 3-0 lead for a good portion of the quarter, but a late drive by the Broncos ended with Willis McGahee punching the ball into the end zone with no time left on the clock.
The Broncos opened the game with the ball in their possession, but they wound up going three-and-out. On the Seahawks' ensuing drive, Broncos safety David Bruton blocked a punt. However, the Broncos failed to capitalize, as Peyton Manning threw an interception while at the nine-yard line. A tipped ball fell into the hands of K.J. Wright.
Former Broncos kicker Steven Hauschka wound up kicking a 43-yard field goal after the turnover for the Seahawks. But then Peyton Manning and Willis McGahee led the team on an 80-yard scoring drive. McGahee picked up 30 yards on the ground and Manning threw for 47 yards. Lance Ball picked up the other three yards.
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks clash at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Saturday night.
The rookie completed four of seven passes for 38 yards and had a touchdown pass in his first preseason game and might have the chance to move up the depth chart in the coming games. As The Denver Post notes, Osweiler could get a look after Manning on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks.
Don't be surprised if rookie quarterback Brock Osweiler is the second quarterback in. Fox has a history of alternating the No. 2 quarterbacks in the preseason, and Caleb Hanie came in after Manning last week at Chicago.
Obviously it is still early and the expectation is that Manning is healthy all season so being his number two doesn't mean a whole lot, but Osweiler is still trying to carve out his place on the depth chart. If he follows Manning against the Seahawks then he will probably see more snaps and have more opportunities to impress the team.
While Manning is said to be 100% recovered from his neck injury, he has not been hit yet and is 36 years old. The Broncos hope that Osweiler can be their quarterback of the future and this preseason could be his chance to establish himself as Manning's successor.
Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman and cornerback Tracy Porter will both be game-time decisions for tomorrow's game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post.
Porter had injured an abdominal muscle earlier this week during practice, with the injury initially not being thought of as serious. This is Porter's first season in Denver after playing the past four years in New Orleans with the Saints.
Ronnie Hillman, drafted in the third round after a short but successful career with San Diego State, has been dealing with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of much of camp so far this year. Hillman is expected to be a big part of the Denver offense this season and getting some much needed game experience in the preseason would certainly help that transition.
Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson suffered a concussion during yesterday's final practice of training camp, according to the Denver Post, putting his status for Saturday's game against the Seattle Seahawks in doubt. Vickerson had to leave the field for the locker room before practice was over, with Ty Warren, Justin Bannan and Mitch Unrein all continuing to take snaps with the first-term defense.
Vickerson was awarded a two-year contract by the Broncos following a breakout 2010 season, and was expected to play a prominent role on a rebuilding Broncos defense. Unfortunately, a severe ankle injury cut his season short at five games, and this offseason, Vickerson took a pay cut in order to stay on the team.
Vickerson was currently slated to be in yet another rotational situation, behind Ty Warren and Derek Wolfe, although given the nature of injuries on the Broncos defensive line it was likely he would see decent time with the first-team defense this season.
Denver Broncos rookie running back Ronnie Hillman is expected to miss his second straight preseason game, as a right hamstring injury is likely to keep him from seeing the field, according to an Associated Press report. Hillman injured the hamstring on Tuesday during practice, the same day that guard Chris Kuper broke his forearm and defensive end Jason Hunter tore his triceps muscle.
Hillman missed the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears with the same injury. Missing two games certainly won't help him move ahead of Lance Ball and make him the backup to Willis McGahee, but being third on the depth chart is a bit misleading. Hillman, when healthy, is expected to be a change-of-pace back and a threat out of the backfield to catch passes.
The Broncos drafted Hillman in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of San Diego State.
Denver Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter has torn his triceps muscle and is out for at least two months.
The Denver Broncos will, of course, have Peyton Manning under center when they take on the Seattle Seahawks. And, as expected, the Seahawks will start Matt Flynn at quarterback, reports John Boyle of the Everett Herald.
Flynn is locked in a battle with rookie Russell Wilson for the position, and both played strongly in their preseason debuts against the Tennessee Titans. Flynn was 11-of-13 for 71 yards with an interception during the first half of play while Wilson completed 12-of-16 passes for 124 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Wilson will play the second half of the game, but maybe he should catch some of the Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field before he takes the field. Wilson was a 2010 Rockies draftee and gave up football at the end of the 2010 college season. However, Wilson decided to use his remaining year of eligibility and transferred to Wisconsin. He worked his way into being a third-round pick.
The Denver Broncos have had a rough week at team practice. On Tuesday, the Broncos found out that right guard Chris Kuper will miss six weeks due to a broken forearm, but that wasn't the only injury incurred during the day's practice.
Lindsay H. Jones at the Denver Post reports that in addition to Kuper and defensive end Jason Hunter -- who suffered a triceps injury -- first-year running back Ronnie Hillman had some hamstring issues. According to Denver head coach John Fox, Hillman "tweaked" his hamstring on Tuesday. This is the same hamstring that has caused Hillman to miss practices and kept him out of last week's preseason opener.
The Broncos and their fans are definitely hoping these hamstring issues don't continue, or blossom into something more serious before the 2012 season begins.
Denver Broncos right guard Chris Kuper can't catch a break. After breaking his leg during the 2011 regular season finale, Kuper has now broken his forearm on Tuesday, according to the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones. He suffered the injury early in practice and left for x-rays, which determined that he broke his left forearm. He will likely miss the first three games of the regular season (vs. Pittsburgh, at Atlanta, vs. Houston).
Kuper was recovering well from the broken leg and dislocated ankle he incurred back in January, but he had been held out of the team's first preseason game, a 31-3 victory over the Chicago Bears.
Manny Ramirez had been taking first-team snaps with the Broncos and is now poised to begin the season as the starting right guard. However, the team had in the past expressed interest in playing right tackle Orlando Franklin at guard. The second-year lineman played guard while in college at Miami. Whether that is a legitimate option right now remains to be seen.
In their preseason opener against the Chicago Bears, the Broncos started Mike Adams, Rahim Moore, newcomer from the Saints Tracey Porter and stalwart Champ Bailey. The team also has veteran Drayton Florence, Chris Harris -- a tough player coaches like -- and expect safety Quinton Carter back by the beginning of the season. That's seven players right there.
The Broncos opened 2011 with nine defensive backs on the 53-man roster, so there could be room in the secondary, but not much. Leonard and Bolden will have to battle for a spot with each other as well Syd'Quan Thompson, David Bruton and Rafael Bush. Thompson appears to be the frontrunner for a kick-returning job, which makes it even tighter.
Among the many other things the team is looking at this preseason, the Broncos will likely use this Saturday's game against the Seattle Seahawks to determine how to shed their crowded defensive backfield.
The Broncos had three players return to practice today after a day off on Sunday.
The Denver Broncos made a few of minor adjustments to their depth chart on Monday afternoon, as the knee injury to safety Quinton Carter continues to test the depth of head coach John Fox's secondary heading into the team's second preseason game. According to CBSSports.com's Broncos Rapid Report, veteran Mike Adams is now the team's starting free safety:
Depth chart notes: Mike Adams is now listed ahead of Jim Leonhard is 3rd-team FS; Keith Brooking is 3rd-team WLB.— Broncos RapidReports (@CBSSportsNFLDEN) at FS; August 13, 2012
Five-time Pro Bowler Keith Brooking was also elevated to the third team, as the 36-year-old linebacker hopes to further his career after signing a deal with the Broncos in early August. Brooking was initially expected to provide more leadership than depth when Denver brought him into the fold on August 6, but looks to be working his way into serious playing time with a strong camp.
The odd-man-out in the equation at the moment, Quinton Carter remains on the sidelines at practice nursing a knee injury. Although Carter did run through mental drills on Monday for the first time since having his knee scoped, it's clear that he'll have to beat out Adams over the next few weeks to win his starting job back.
The Denver Broncos play their first home preseason game on Saturday when they host the Seattle Seahawks.
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