The all ready struggling secondary for the Denver Broncos took a big hit in the past couple of days when it was announced the safety, Quinton Carter will miss the rest of the 2012 season with a knee injury. Carter is in his second season and was being counted on heavily this year. After a slow start to his rookie season, Carter came on in the second half of 2011 and showed the talent the Broncos thought he had when they drafted him out of Oklahoma. Carter hurt his knee on the second day of training camp and was never able to fully recover.
The safety spot was all ready a major concern for the Broncos and their play through the first three games has been spotty at best. Fellow second year safety, Rahim Moore has been a disappointment to this point in his career and I believe he was on the verge of being benched. That can’t happen now, Moore is going to have to step up and play better. If he doesn’t, opposing teams are going to have a field day with the back end of the Broncos defense.
The one option that the Broncos may have is veteran safety, Jim Leonhard. Before his injuries, Leonhard was one of top safeties in football and could see extensive playing time if things do not improve. From all indications, Leonhard is healthy and ready to go. So if the Oakland Raiders hit a couple big plays early in Sunday’s game, don’t be surprised if Leonhard makes an appearance.
Losing Carter is a huge blow for the Denver Broncos but they have to find a way to overcome it, or the season will get away from them quickly. The bottom line is this; it’s time for Moore to step up!
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