By Jimmie Kaylor @jimmiekaylor on August 26, 2014
It is clear that the Denver Broncos are going into the 2014 season with a new attitude and a renewed sense of urgency. Peyton Manning is as sharp as ever and the offseason defensive additions look well worth the money the Broncos invested in them. They may have lost, but 2014 looks promising for the Denver Broncos.
Here is a look at five takeaways from the Broncos preseason Week 3 loss.
Manning looked as focused as he has ever been throughout his Hall of Fame career. He showed an attitude few have ever seen when he was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct Saturday night, called out the entire offense following a practice with the Houston Texans and made it clear to Emmanuel Sanders that he needed to be out on the field. This stuff isn’t totally out of the norm for Manning, but his sense of urgency appears to be sky-high for 2014.
The Broncos ran the ball really well against a very tough front seven on Saturday night. Chris Clark was beat early in the game for a sack, but after that, the starting offensive line played a great game. Having an All-Pro on both the right and left sides of the offensive line doesn’t hurt either.
This new attitude and swagger is apparent on both sides of the ball. T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib have added not only a physical presence, but also a newfound confidence to the defensive backfield. Offensively, the line has flashed a nasty-streak that was missing in 2013 and Peyton Manning uncharacteristically showed some fire on his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following his second touchdown pass.
In his first extensive game action as a Denver Bronco, all Emmanuel Sanders did was catch five passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns…in one half. On an offense that is already loaded with weapons, Sanders bring world-class speed, quickness and breakaway ability that few guys can match. His ability is going to open things up even more for Demaryius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker.
Welker has to think long and hard about whether he wants to risk the rest of his life to continue his NFL career. With every concussion he suffers, he is becoming increasingly susceptible to further concussions down the road and is putting the quality of his post-football life in serious jeopardy. He has had a fantastic career, has made a lot of money and has the type of personality and aura that will open several doors for post-football careers.
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