I apologize for the lack of posts lately, but I had eye surgery at the end of last week, and my vision has been about as good as Kyle Orton’s under pressure.
A few things have happened since I last posted. Tim Tebow was promoted to third string QB with the release of 2nd year player, Tom Brandstater. More reps = faster improvement for the three remaining QBs. No complaints from me.
To help protect one of the three potential starting QBs, offensive linemen Chris Kuper just signed a 6 year, $25.5 million extension. That put him in the Matt Lepsis category in terms of raking in the cash. Coach McDaniels certainly sees potential in the three competing QBs by taking care of his offensive line.
Three Broncos who were down and out with injuries returned to the practice field on Friday. Rookie WR Demaryius Thomas took to the field for the first time and caught passes from Quinn and Tebow (Orton had the day off). Offensive linemen Ryan Harris also returned (what a relief!) as did J.J. Arrington. The more guys we have returning to the field as training camp approaches, the better. There’s a steep learning curve for the new additions, and for the rookies who not only have to adjust to a new team, but to a new lifestyle, the curve has an Everest grade that can make or break a player early on in his career.
Finally, Champ Bailey was awarded the 2010 Colorado Athlete of the Year Award. The award is given to the athlete who contributes the most on and off the field by giving back to the local community. Congratulations, Champ. You set a fine example for the rest your teammates.
Check back in this week for coverage of more OTA action.