The Denver Broncos kick off their 2011 preseason with a road game in Arlington against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night. All eyes will, naturally, turn to the quarterback controversy between Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and even Brady Quinn.
Orton was named the first-string quarterback earlier this week when the first depth chart was released. Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn followed in order, but both will likely see the majority of playing time. Undrafted rookie Adam Weber should be in line for some playing time in the fourth quarter.
But we should also watch how the new defensive line plays. Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers both return to defensive end while Kevin Vickerson and Brodrick Bunkley man the middle. Backups Ty Warren, Jeremy Jarmon and Derrick Harvey are also persons of interest in this game.
The No. 2 overall pick the 2011 NFL Draft, Von Miller, will see his first action in the league and Broncos fans are looking for big things out of the rookie. The same goes for rookie safeties Rahim Moore, tentatively the starter at free safety, and Quinton Carter.
Wide receivers Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal are iffy for the game on Thursday morning. Tune into K-USA 9 at 6:30 p.m. MT for the scheduled kickoff. There will be 30-minute pre- and post-game shows as well.
For more on the Broncos, visit Mile High Report.