I am a bit worried about injuries suffered by the Broncos. Keep an eye on the status of Rahim Moore, Aqib Talib and C. J. Anderson.
I am not a believer in Ronnie Hillman. He did not show me that he is anywhere near capable of being a No. 1 back in the NFL. Montee Ball is the top running back on the depth chart. However, Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs showed real signs of promise regarding earning a roster spot in Denver’s backfield. T. J. Ward is the real deal. However, he may be a bit penalty-prone due to his aggressiveness. The pass rush of DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller will be brutal on opponents this season, even though Miller did not play.
Nate Irving played a great game for the Broncos. Also, Denver’s defense against the run was good in this game. The return of Derek Wolfe was great for Broncos fans to see. Marshawn Lynch did not play in the game, however, and he is hands down one of the best running backs in the game.
Jordan Norwood can be a huge boost for the Broncos. Norwood proved he can make a big play and be effective on punt returns, which would be a huge load off the back of Wes Welker. Denver’s starting offensive line is very good. The return of Ryan Clady will be huge for the Broncos this season. I was not happy with how much Peyton Manning played. However, Denver showed that Manning to Demaryius Thomas is going to be one of the most prominent combinations in the NFL.
Brock Osweiler proved that he has a short memory. After throwing a terrible interception, Osweiler showed he could turn the page and take the Broncos down the field and score. That takes some guts; maybe he is the future quarterback in Denver. As for the Seahawks, I was very impressed with wide receiver Paul Richardson. After losing Golden Tate, Seattle has a wide receiver with very good potential.
Overall this was a really hard watch, even for a preseason game. There was a long delay due to lightning and many flags were thrown. How many weeks until the real season begins?