Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm
Up to this point, the veteran has been used mostly as a blocker to help a struggling offensive line. Daniels' value has come not from the amount of production, but when he has provided it.
In back-to-back games, quarterback Peyton Manning found Daniels in the end zone for touchdowns.
Sunday vs. Minnesota, it was fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line. Two runs up the middle by running back Ronnie Hillman got stuffed on second and third down plays. Coach Gary Kubiak knew the offense needed a touchdown, not just for the game, but for the team's overall confidence.
So Kubiak drew a misdirection play-action lob pass to the man who could sneak behind the unsuspecting defense, Daniels.
It's a staple of Kubiak's system. Bait the defense with the run, then hit the tight ends and crossing receivers off the play action passes. And Daniels expects to see a lot more of it going forward.
He's expecting to get the ball more too once the offense can get the run game rolling, the story said. The article added Daniels did his research before he came to Denver. He knows about Manning's love affair with the tight end. And he saw former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas, now with Jacksonville, total 151 catches, 1,277 yards and 24 touchdowns in his last two seasons in Denver. If you need help at TE and Daniels is still on our wire he should at least be considered as a guy with his stock rising at the position.
Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:11pm
Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 6:25pm
The pistol revived the Broncos' offense, but ineffectiveness and injuries remained the double-barreled theme of the ground game. Denver ranks last in yards per carry (2.6) and 31st in overall yards with 171.
Coach Gary Kubiak promised to run what the Broncos do best, following through by placing Peyton Manning under center for three snaps against the Lions. However, Kubiak's teams have averaged a 10th place rushing attack in his two decades as a coordinator and head coach. The Broncos offense is tweaked, using one-back sets, but Kubiak has no plans to abandon the run. C.J. Anderson remains the starter, and the Broncos would like to get him on track against Minnesota.
"We have to keep C.J. on the field. C.J. has been coming off the field the past three games because he's been nicked up," Kubiak said. "Things are going on, and we need to keep him on the field consistently."
Anderson missed time the first three weeks with ankle, toe and head injuries. He cleared the concussion protocol during the game at Detroit on Sunday and returned, but his abbreviated outing left him with 18 yards on eight carries. For the season, he sits at 74 yards on 32 attempts, admittedly struggling to have fun as he has tried too hard to make the perfect runs, the story said. It sounds like the Broncos want to continue to use Anderson as their RB1 despite Ronnie Hillman playing better most week. Hillman and Juwan Thompson remain the backups, with Thompson expected to be available this week after suffering a neck injury against the Lions. If Thompson can't go, the Broncos could activate Kapri Bibbs from the practice squad. This is at least some potentially encouraging news for Anderson owners.
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:12pm
Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Raiders QB Derek Carr (right hand, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 2. Carr will play, which is good news for Amari Cooper and Co., but he’s not a good matchup against a Ravens defense that shut down Peyton Manning in Week 1.
DE Kenny Anunike (knee)
S Omar Bolden (foot)
RB C.J. Anderson (ankle, toe), DE Malik Jackson (head), S Darian Stewart (groin)
S David Bruton (hip), QB Peyton Manning (back), LB Brandon Marshall (foot), LB Lerentee McCray (groin), WR Demaryius Thomas (hand)
Kansas City Chiefs
S Husain Abdullah (quadricep), LB D.J. Alexander (hamstring), G Jeff Allen (knee), WR Jason Avant (hip), T Eric Fisher (ankle), LB Tamba Hali (neck), TE Demetrius Harris (foot), TE Travis Kelce (hip), WR Jeremy Maclin (back), LB Joshua Mauga (achilles), DT Dontari Poe (back), WR De'Anthony Thomas (calf), RB Charcandrick West (achilles), WR Albert Wilson (shoulder)
After getting sacked four times against the Ravens on Sunday, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning found himself on the injury report. Though he was listed with a back injury, Manning fully participated at practice.
But with the Broncos playing a game on Thursday and with Manning looking less than optimal on Sunday, eyebrows were raised at the sight of Manning's name on that injury report. So, when members of the media met with Manning on Tuesday, they asked him about his back injury.
It turns out Manning's back injury is not a cause for concern.
"I was kind of surprised I was on it to tell you the truth," Manning said via NFL.com. "I think like a lot of guys, it's a pretty physical game on Sunday, so in many ways maybe I'm honored."
Manning went on to say he hates injury reports, then jokingly diagnosed members of the Denver media with his own injury report about them. Manning and the Broncos play Thursday night but it seems Manning is in no danger if missing Week 2.
As a result, the offense the Broncos ran Sunday looked a lot more like the offense the Broncos have run over the previous three seasons than what was expected from Kubiak's often run-first past. The Broncos were in three- or four-wide receiver sets on 48 snaps (penalty plays included) -- or 62.3 percent of the time -- and put QB Peyton Manning in the shotgun 48 times. They used a four-wide receiver, no running back set seven times.
This was after some offseason work when Kubiak kept Manning under center for entire practices to get him ready for that adjustment. The Broncos didn’t protect well in the look, with all four of the team’s sacks allowed, as well as Manning’s interception that was returned for a touchdown, coming with the Broncos in a three-wide receiver set.
As the story said, it is just one game, but it is something the Broncos don’t want to be a trend. The Broncos did pump up things a little more on their final drive -- the 17-play, 81-yard game-clincher that used up 10:56 of the fourth quarter -- and used a two-tight end set more in that possession as they gained 43 of their 73 total rushing yards.
Peyton Manning’s on-and-off relationship with the glove is back on.
The Broncos’ quarterback didn’t wear a glove on his throwing hand during offseason workouts and throughout training camp. But on Monday, in the team’s first regular-season practice, the glove made a comeback.
Manning has opened up about his use of the glove, mainly because others have forced him to. His neck surgeries left him with numbness in his fingertips, and he’s turned to the glove for added grip.
Many of his top targets — most notably Emmanuel Sanders — commented on the “zip” on his throws in camp, adding that the noticeable strength was all the more impressive because he was throwing bare-handed, the story said. Another year older and coming off a second half in 2014 which he didn't put up the same fantasy numbers, owners can at least feel good about him going back to the glove.
The bulky black brace Cards QB Carson Palmer wears on his left knee is about the only sign he is less than nine months removed from his second torn anterior cruciate ligament.
That and, well, the way head coach Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians still sometimes shakes his head in disbelief that three weeks into training camp, Palmer isn’t just healthy, he’s better.
And maybe better than he’s been at any point since he made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2005 and 2006 while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.
“Carson is in great shape, mentally and physically,” Arians told USA TODAY Sports.
Plenty of coaches gush these sorts of platitudes about their quarterback this time of year. But it means something coming from a quarterback guru like Arians, who has tutored passers like Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Andrew Luck.
The story said that through three weeks of training camp, Palmer has been among the Cardinals’ most consistent players, something that backs up numerous reports we've had here at 4for4. In a recent fully-padded practice, he zipped pass after pass across the middle of the field to Larry Fitzgerald, and nailed several deep touchdown passes to second-year receiver John Brown — all while playing against a secondary that includes stars Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. Then, in his first live action since suffering the knee injury on Nov. 9, Palmer went 4-for-4 for 77 yards to lead the Cardinals to a touchdown in his one series of work in the preseason opener against Kansas City last week. All signs are pointing to Palmer having very nice, later-round value at the QB position, definitely something to note if you're waiting to draft at the position.
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