Mile High Monday: The Broncos’ starting offense has begun to emerge


The Denver Broncos opened training camp last week at the UC Health Training Center. I will be there every day for camp and covering this event is always a whirlwind of activity.

I love – no, I love – when training camp is here. I’ve been an accredited member of the media covering camp since 2004, and watching practice is so much fun while also being incredibly informative.

I also like to contemplate life and sport when I’m driving with the top down on my old Jeep TJ! What follows is the result of these trips during the week.

Buckle up, let’s take a look inside my thoughts.


Crisis averted

Through the first four days of training camp, the Broncos remained relatively injury-free. This is not the case for all teams in the league, and we have seen some key players get injured with other teams. On Saturday, the Broncos got scared with starting cornerback K’Waun Williams.

He slid into coverage, leading to a big touchdown from Russell Wilson to rookie wide receiver Montrell Washington. On this game, Williams injured his knee but was able to leave the field. An MRI was performed and fans were gasping for breath before news broke that Williams would be fine after a few days.

This is great news for the Broncos, as Williams is arguably the best slot corner in the league when healthy. Williams is smart and he always seems to be around the game at camp. He’s quick enough to stay with receivers in the field, and he’s quick enough to redirect with smaller receivers on lower routes. We haven’t even seen the best part of Williams’ game yet – his ability to tackle. Williams is a physical player who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work, and that sometimes includes the quarterback blitz. He was a great addition to the roster, and they don’t have anyone who could replace anything he can do.

The Broncos have time to get Williams back into action. He is in pain after his knee injury, but after a few days off he will be back in action. Williams is a creature of habit, so getting back into a routine is important for him. This should be able to happen before the team’s first pre-season game.


Nice huddle

Not all Broncos offense starters are defined. During the training camp, the positions will be solidified. Right now, the offensive line has the most question marks of any position group on the team. Unlike other teams, the Broncos have a whole collection of talent – ​​but injuries have clouded their future. Don’t even get me started on what’s happening at right tackle, because the real competition hasn’t gotten to start yet because Billy Turner hasn’t practiced yet.

The right guard seems to be up for grabs between Quinn Meinerz and Netani Muti. During the mandatory minicamp, Muti rotated with Dalton Risner at left guard. During training camp, Risner is placed at left guard, but the right guard position appears to be open. Of the four days of training so far, Muti has been in one day with Meinerz for three days when the first team comes out for their first set of rehearsals.

Javonte Williams is the first running back with the first team. They will go through a whole series of rehearsals with Williams in the lineup. However, the next time the first team comes out, we’ll see Melvin Gordon on the pitch instead. To say it will be “like last year” is incorrect. To say that Williams will get 80% of the job is also incorrect. However, looking at the way the reps are split, you clearly see a favorite in Williams. That means Gordon could get 30% of the job compared to the 70% Williams gets as a starting running back in 2022.

Wilson is getting the best group of players around him he’s ever had, and that could lead to big things for the Broncos this season. During training camp, this beautiful huddle will fend for itself. The Broncos will work through August to find the top 11 on offense.


Almost there

Football is life. My job is to cover this big game, and it keeps me busy – really busy – all year. I feel blessed every day to have achieved my dream of covering the NFL. Because football means so much to me, it means I miss it after the Super Bowl and before the start of the preseason. We haven’t seen NFL football since Super Bowl LVI on Feb. 13, 2022. It’s been almost five months without seeing the game I love.

On Thursday, August 4, we can watch the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Las Vegas Raiders in the 2022 Hall of Fame game. The Jaguars won’t be good this year, but they have a second-year quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. who could one day become a Tier 1 quarterback. No matter how much he plays on Thursday, it will be fun to watch him hone his skills. As a newcomer to 2021, Lawrence didn’t look good at all. Outside of a Week 18 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Lawrence struggled a lot as a rookie. I can’t wait to see what he looks like at the start of his second season.

The Raiders are expected to push for the playoffs again. Many see them as the No. 4 team in the AFC West, but some forget that they went to the playoffs as a Wild Card team in 2021. They lost to eventual champion AFC Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 26-19 in this game. After the season, the Raiders pulled off a huge trade for superstar wide receiver Davante Adams. He’ll reunite with college quarterback Derek Carr this season, and that offense could be one of the best in the league. We’re unlikely to see Carr and Adams in the Hall of Fame Game, but I want to see players like rookie running back Zamir White to see what else the Raiders could attack the Broncos (and others) with. this season.

I can’t wait for the Hall of Fame Game. As someone who has had every pre-season game on tape, DVD or digitally recorded on hard drive since 2000, you can tell I’m a bit of a fan. I know I’m not the only one. Football fans, the game we love is almost back!


It was quick

Running an independent comic book business is fun enough, but it’s a lot of work. I’m about to launch three of my IPs on crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGo and Kickstarter. My plan is to build a fan base for Smokin Gun Comics and then continue to bring these IPs (I have nine in total) to Hollywood as movies and/or streaming shows. Growing up, I wanted to be a comic book artist, but life took me in a different direction. When my best friend and co-collaborator, Eric Hoffman had cancer in 2014, I decided to pursue the dream we had always dreamed of – to make it into the comics. Eric has undergone chemotherapy and I’m happy to say he is cancer free at this time. We went back to our roots and writing stories with him is one of the joys of my life.

As mentioned above, football keeps me busy, but I found some good people to hire to help me get my comic book business started. It’s amazing with the power of comic book fans and crowdfunding how quickly you can get a product into the hands of the consumer. There’s never been a better time to be a freelance comic book creator. With fan power, projects can take off quickly and become household names in comic book circles (watch Boom! Studios’ instant hit “Something is Killing the Children” from 2019).

This success hit a popular YouTube personality who wanted to create his own product. Eric July, aka “YoungRippa59” on YouTube, recently launched his comic “Isom” as the first upcoming title in his “RippaVerse” of titles. He crowdfunds on his own website and to date has raised over $3.3 million from around 38,000 backers. Not only has July hit a home run with comic book fans, but he’s seeing characters from “Isom” — which has yet to be released — at comic book conventions hosted by avid cosplayers. It must be a great feeling when you see the response from the community, which has been overwhelmingly positive. I wish I had that kind of response for my next titles, not just the money but the excitement and the energy around this project.

Which indie comic are you most excited about? Hit me up on social media and let me know!



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