Denver Broncos vs Washington Redskins: Four storylines to follow
By Andrew Wade
How will dress rehearsal go?
Typically, my favorite part of preseason is getting to watch a number of the young guys perform. Often, this is their only time to shine before being relegated to backup roles or the practice squad.
This year, however, I am excited to see the starters play a little longer.
Game two should have calmed many concerns Broncos fans had about this year’s offense. The first-team offense started out slow in game one but picked it up in game two. Sanders showed signs of life that were mostly missing from 2017, and the offensive line looked fantastic compared to last year.
On defense, will we finally see the full first-team play?
Miller sat out the first game, while Harris sat out last game. Moreover, “second-team” safeties Su’a Cravens and Will Parks are expected to see a lot of playing time this season but have battled injuries throughout the preseason. Cravens has yet to suit up, while Parks quickly exited game two with a leg injury.
Continuing with the defensive backs, free agent signee Tramaine Brock didn’t suit up game one, but saw playing time in game two. How will he look in third down situations and where will the defensive backs be aligned in these situations? Harris is one of the best slot corners in the game, but how do the Broncos game plan without Aqib Talib in these situations?
Linebacker Todd Davis also missed game one but returned against the Bears. Rookie Josey Jewell stepped in for Davis in game one but is running with the two’s again.
Speaking of Jewell, it’ll be interesting to see how he fits in with the first-team. The staff is high on him, but how often he sees the field in a real game remains to be seen.