Watch Broncos film from their first three games and one big trend is clear.
Want to attack Denver’s defense? Hit their secondary with quick strikes and reap the rewards. Seattle destroyed 298 yards passing and three tons. Oakland born 288 and one touchdown. Then Baltimore lit up the Broncos for 277 and some other score. Opposing wide receivers all banqueting on mostly short-to-intermediate routes.
“If teams want to throw the ball that quick, then we have to play closer in coverage and make some plays early,” Joseph aforesaid. “It’s a blue-print on tape now the last couple weeks — throw it quick, challenge the DBs and keep Von Miller and (Bradley) Chubb and those guys at bay.”
Help arrives in Week 4 on Monday night against the Chiefs, with two football players set to return from injury: Tramaine Brock and Adam Jones.
Brock suffered a left groin strain against the Ravens, had an MRI, and Joseph aforesaid “it looks to be OK.” Brock is expected to practice Wednesday, Thursday and then play Monday night against the Chiefs. Jones lost the week of practice leading up to Denver’s trip to Baltimore and joined the inactive list with a hamstring injury. Joseph aforesaid he is besides expected to be back Monday.
Rookie Isaac Yiadom made his NFL debut as the team’s third football player in their absence. He was targeted often and finished the day with four tackles.
“Every game, I’ll be able to build,” Yiadom aforesaid. “I made some mistakes and made some plays. I have to fix the mistakes and go into next week and be better.”
Lindsay reaction. Joseph self-addressed cub running back Phillip Lindsay’s Sunday ejection in Baltimore for throwing a punch in a scrummage for a loose football.
“I saw him dive into the pile, which is amerciable, so he can’t do it,” Joseph aforesaid. “There were three guys who dove into the pile. It was (Marlon) Humphrey for (Baltimore), he was the first guy, then (left guard Ron) Leary dove into the pile and then Phillip into the pile. It should have been three penalties on all three of those guys.
“I didn’t see a punch being thrown. … But we have to own the penalties.”
More expected from King. The Broncos signed former Raiders punter Marquette King with the expectation he’d systematically pin opponents deep in their own territory with booming elevation-drive distance. It has yet to happen. After four games, King checks it at No. 23 league-wide for gross punt (44.6 yards) and No. 15 for net punt (41.6). He’s checked opponents inside their own 20-yard line six times.
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