The Denver Broncos' offense has certainly had its moments in the preseason sun in the team’s first two August outings, but there is no question the group has let the opportunity to run a pile of additional plays slip away because of some short-yardage stumbles.
Or as coach Gary Kubiak put it following the Broncos’ 14-10 win in Houston Saturday night: “I’m pleased with a lot of things that we are doing, but I’m very disappointed with what we’re doing right now short yardage-wise.’’
Because in the Broncos’ two preseason games they have faced six third-and-1 situations to go with two third-and-2 situations. On those eight plays when the Broncos needed 72 inches or less worth of offensive production, they have produced just two first downs. Not converting is leaving plays on the field, and as the story said, in the five third-and-1 situations the Broncos have not converted, they have run for no gain three times -- two by Montee Ball and one by Juwan Thompson -- and quarterback Trevor Siemian has been sacked for no gain and fullback/tight end James Casey dropped a pass from Peyton Manning. The good news is projected starting RB C.J. Anderson didn't get any of those carries.