Damn, it sho is cool to see PEYTON ****ING MANNING out there in a Broncos uniform!
He showed some zip on the first down over the middle to Decker. Looked like he was pushing passes to the sideline. I'm guessing he definitely doesn't have his full arm strength back. He's still Peyton Manning-- he'll figure out how to get it done, whether it comes all the way back or not.
Did I mention. . . ?
PEYTON ****ING MANNING!
Okay, enough. . . I've always liked Matt Willis as a developmental type, and he looked good tonight. I think he'll see some work in the offense this year. Knowshon actually looked good. If he keeps running like that, he should have a legit chance to earn the second spot.
Cornelius Ingram is an interesting player. Another one of those highly athletic receiving TE types, he was pretty well-regarded coming out of college-- third round pick, IIRC. Nice pickup on the cheap, and he looked like he was healthy and moving well. I noticed him getting open a few different times away from the play. Virgil Green had a couple of nice blocks. I think Julius Thomas might find himself the odd man out. Or if Ingram does come on, we could even trade one of the top three TEs if some NFC team has an early injury. I wonder if we could even go as far as keeping four-- did we have four on the roster at one point last year? Or maybe we PS at least one of the young guys, or stash somebody on IR with the ol' phantom injury.
Wolfie looks to be as advertised-- high motor. Dude was flying all over the place for a big guy. Looks like he plays with quick feet and strong hands, and finds the ball well. It's very early still, but you have to like the preliminary signs from the kid. And I still like Ayers. I know he has to earn it, but damn I hope he ends up back in the starting lineup-- IMO, there's just no comparison in talent level between him and Hunter. Ayers is significantly more dynamic. If we can get him wound up consistently, along with Wolf, Doom and Von. . . yea. Our pass rush could be ferocious.
It's good to see Syd the Squid out there. Only a few plays on ST so far that I noticed, but the guy just looks smooth and natural with the ball in his hands. IF he can regain his short area burst, I still think he can be an impact player as a nickel or dime corner and punt returner-- the kind of player who can make his presence felt despite not playing a lot of snaps. And it was good to see Nate Irving at least make a play. Gotta get that dude going.
Oh, and PEYTON MANNING!! YEA!!