Sunday, January 8, 2012, 3:23pm
Willis McGahee’s struggles — he picked up 18 yards on 12 carries and didn’t have a run longer than six yards — were endemic of the Broncos' running back corps as a whole. McGahee, Lance Ball, Spencer Larsen and Jeremiah Johnson combined for 47 yards on 25 carries. Johnson bobbled an option pitch from Tim Tebow that resulted in a seven-yard loss, while McGahee lost a fumble.
“That shouldn’t happen,” McGahee said.
While it wasn’t a banner night for McGahee on an individual basis, he didn’t make the healing hamstring worse by playing.
“And I’m surprised by that,” McGahee admitted. “It did a great job. I’m not sore or anything. I’m very pleased with it.”
Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 9:37am
Knowshon Moreno didn't practice last week, missed the Cincinnati game and isn't expected to be full speed this week.
Willis McGahee, now in his ninth NFL season, rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries Sunday, helping the Broncos beat the Bengals 24-22 in Denver. That was McGahee's first 100-yard game since the 2009 regular-season finale, when he was with the Ravens. It was the most carries McGahee had since Dec. 16, 2007, when he gained 104 yards on 29 carries against the Dolphins.
Giving 25 or more carries to McGahee week after week would be a lot to ask of him. And that would beat up the Broncos' best option in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
They likely will work Lance Ball into the mix more. Ball gained 28 yards on six carries Sunday, including a 17-yard gallop — the Broncos' longest run of the game. They also may give some carries to Jeremiah Johnson and to fullback Spencer Larsen while waiting for Moreno to return.
Sunday, December 12, 2010, 3:14pm
Saturday, October 2, 2010, 9:55pm
The Broncos will play Sunday at Tennessee without two of their top special team players. Fullback Spencer Larsen (ankle) and linebacker Wesley Woodyard (hamstring) have both been ruled out with injuries.
The team will miss Larsen on offense, sure, since is the only true fullback on the roster (tight end Dan Gronkowski is learning the position and will line up in the backfield at times), but the team will most miss Larsen and Woodyard on the coverage and return units. Woodyard is also the team’s specials teams captain.
And those units right now could use all the help they can get. The Broncos are allowing an average of 27.7 yards per kickoff return and 16.0 yards per punt return, both ranking near the bottom of the league. The Broncos’ kickoff return group is ranked No. 29 at 18.3 yards per return.
With a roster loaded with defensive backs and wide receivers, the Broncos special teams units were on the smaller side to begin with. Losing two of the bigger, more physical players, surely can’t help.
Sunday, August 22, 2010, 8:52am
Many in the Denver crowd came hoping to get a glimpse of the future in Tim Tebow and instead got a peek at the past.
Bly, who played two seasons in Denver before his unceremonious release following coach Josh McDaniels' hiring in 2009, picked off a pass against the Broncos for the second straight preseason - he did it while with the San Francisco 49ers last year.
Detroit third-stringer Drew Stanton's 25-yard touchdown on a quarterback draw with 1:53 left was the difference. Brady Quinn drove the Broncos into Lions territory in the closing seconds before Willie Young stripped the ball away and Korey Bosworth recovered.
Tebow's home debut will have to wait at least another week. He sat out with bruised ribs he suffered in the exhibition opener a week ago, much to the disappointment of throngs of Broncos fans donning his No. 15 jersey at Invesco Field.
Kyle Orton, fresh off signing a one-year extension that bought some time for the Broncos to formulate their long-term plans at quarterback, completed 16 of 22 passes for 177 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in four first-half possessions.
Orton has thrown four TD passes in seven drives this preseason despite playing behind a makeshift offensive line, with the team's top three tailbacks sitting out and a turnstile of targets catching his throws.
Jabar Gaffney caught six passes for 98 yards, all from Orton.
Stafford was 13 of 20 for 130 yards, guiding the Lions to scores on all four of their first-half drives.
The Broncos hope most of them return next week to play against Pittsburgh in the all-important third preseason game.
Broncos LT Ryan Clady, recovering from offseason knee surgery, did footwork drills with strength coach Rich Tuten on the field a few hours before kickoff.
FS Louis Delmas (groin) sat out for Detroit (1-1).