Broncos vs. 49ers: Gameday Open Thread for Preseason Week 2


August 17, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; General view of Levi

Broncos vs. 49ers preseason action, while exhibition and meaningless in the final standings, should provide plenty of intrigue. Here at Predominantly Orange, we’ve got you covered with players to be watching for, training camp risers and fallers, injury news, online streaming information, and much more.

Training camp has come to a close. Players are finally starting to come back off of major injuries. Namely, Von Miller made a prominent return to the practice field this past week, and looks primed to see plenty of action in the Broncos’ third preseason game.

It’s an exciting time for the Broncos, who once again this season have major championship aspirations. They will get a test of their toughness for the second week in a row against the 49ers, who are a gritty, talented team that has depth across the board.

This game features two teams with some of the best depth in the league, and a lot of players worth watching and worth scouting. For the Broncos, the biggest differences or changes we’ll see will still be on the defensive side of the ball, where we likely won’t see much or any of Von Miller and Chris Harris, and definitely no Danny Trevathan or Kayvon Webster.

Stepping into starting roles, at least for this game, will be Lerentee McCray, Bradley Roby (we think), and Brandon Marshall. The Broncos will get a good, early look at some of their depth at the cornerback position. Some guys who made plays early in training camp were Louis Young and Jerome Murphy, both big, physical, athletic corners.

Omar Bolden should also see some extended work, possibly even some work with the starters depending what the Broncos are going to do with Bradley Roby.

Offensively, there will be no Montee Ball at the running back spot. He’ll be replaced at least to start the game by Ronnie Hillman. Another unknown for today is Emmanuel Sanders, who missed some time at practice this past week. He would be replaced by Andre Caldwell but expect the Broncos to work in Cody Latimer and Jordan Norwood as well.

Worth keeping an eye on today as well is whether or not Michael Schofield — the third round pick out of Michigan — plays at all, unlike the first game. My guess is, he will.