No one wants the NFL season to get here more than I do, and the recently completed OTAs for the Denver Broncos are certainly a welcome diversion in the offseason. However, there is a danger of reading too much into workouts at the beginning of June, three months before the regular season.
Don’t get me wrong, these practices are important and should be paid attention to, but not in terms of depth chart issues.
I guess the faction of people trying to replace or cut safety Rahim Moore is only going to go away when one of two things happen; he either gets cut or he turns into a great player. We’ll have to wait and see on the great player part, but I’m here to tell you that Moore is not about to be cut or even benched for that matter.
There was a lot made of the fact that special team’s ace David Bruton got some time at safety with the first-team defense in last week’s OTAs. I didn’t think anything of it other than it was a natural part of a June workout, and then I looked at my Twitter page.
It wasn’t overwhelming by any means, but there were a few people who thought that Bruton practicing with the first-team defense was the initial sign that Moore was done.
It may be depressing to some, but when the Broncos open the season on versus the Baltimore Ravens, Moore will be one of the starting safeties. Whether people want to believe it or not, the Broncos really like Moore and his potential.
How do I know this?
As much as I wish I had a hotline to John Elway — I don’t — it’s not too hard to read the tea leaves when it comes to Moore. The Broncos have repeatedly said that Moore had a solid season in his second year as a pro, and they’re right.
The Broncos also believe that the improvement will continue, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t.
There are many advantages to the “I want it now” society that we currently live in, but it is a killer for NFL draft picks. We are so anxious to call a player a stud or a bust in their first year or two after being drafted.
Truth is, final judgments on 95 percent of draft picks should never be made until they play at least three seasons, if not four. Moore made tremendous progress from year one to year two; if he continues on that pace, then the Broncos have a safety for the next 10 years.
I fully understand that my words are not going to change the minds of those who believe Moore should have been run out of town after the playoff loss to the Ravens, and that’s not my intent.
Just be careful how much you are reading into non-padded practices before summer has even officially arrived. There will be plenty of time for positional debates in training camp; until then, just enjoy your summer.
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