At their first game of the preseason, which took place on Saturday at Empower Field at Mile High, the Denver Broncos played host to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Broncos won their game 17-7 even though they lost a key starter due to an injury. This injury could have repercussions for the defence.
Due to an injury, Jonas Griffith had to leave the game against the Cowboys.
Despite the victory over the Cowboys on Saturday, the Broncos defence took a significant hit as a result of the game.
Due to an elbow injury, Denver’s starting defensive player Jonas Griffith had to be taken out of the game.
On the second play of the game, the player suffered an injury.
Griffith collapsed on the field of play almost instantly and appeared to be in a great deal of discomfort.
He would then leave the game permanently and not come back.
The depth of starter experience at the position is a cause for concern, thus the injury to Griffith is a cause for concern as well.
The Broncos have Alex Singleton, who was acquired by the team during the NFL Free Agency period, playing behind him.
Singleton has previous experience as a starter, having done so for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2021 when he started a total of eight games.
In addition to them, we have linebackers like Justin Strnad, Barrington Wade, and Kaua’i Mauga on our roster.
Joe Schobert, a veteran linebacker for the Broncos, came in for a visit with the team last month. If Shaun Griffith is sidelined for an extended period, the Broncos may consider inviting Schobert back into the building for a second time.
The impressive work that P.J. Locke put in during the offseason has carried over into the game.
Behind the starting safeties Justin Simmons and Kareem Jackson, the Broncos have a deep and talented group of reserve safeties.
P.J. Locke and Caden Sterns both showed that they are capable of running the Denver defence on the back end of the secondary during Saturday’s victory.
The Cowboys were in Denver’s territory when they encountered a 4th and 2 situation halfway through the first quarter.
Locke swiftly read the route, which allowed him to jump it and intercept the pass that Cowboys quarterback Cooper Rush intended to throw to rookie receiver Jalen Tolbert.
The fruitful work that Locke put in during the winter is continuing to pay off, and it may be enough to drive him into a prominent role on defence this season.
After the conclusion of the game, the third-year safety had one interception and one pass defensed to his credit.
The competition at receiver for the Broncos is off to a blazing start.
The wide receiver competition for the Broncos was on full display during their victory over the Cowboys on Saturday.
On the offensive side of the ball, Brandon Johnson, Seth Williams, and Kendall Hinton made significant contributions, which helped them stake a claim to a possible roster position.
As things currently stand, it seems likely that Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Montrell Washington will be on the team.
Whether or not the team selects to carry six or seven receivers on the active roster heading into the regular season has a significant impact on the team’s ability to compete.
After making a spectacular catch down the left sideline for 40 yards in the second quarter, a Cowboys defensive player was called for an improper contact penalty for making contact with Johnson.
Williams finished off the drive by scoring a touchdown after receiving a pass from Josh Johnson that covered one yard. This gave the Broncos a 7-0 lead.
Hinton made a touchdown catch from Johnson of 24 yards out midway through the second quarter, extending Denver’s lead to 14-0 at that point. Johnson had successfully thrown the ball over the defensive player.
At the end of the game, Williams would finish with four receptions for a total of 29 yards and one touchdown.
Hinton finished the night with three receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown after he had been on the receiving end of the game.
Johnson finished his performance on Saturday with a total of four catches and 64 yards receiving.
Jalen Virgil, a rookie free agent who was not selected in the draught, put on a show in the second half by catching three passes for 83 yards.
When it comes to personnel matters, it is obvious that general manager George Paton will be faced with some very challenging choices at the receiver position when roster cuts need to be made.
Competition for the Backup Quarterback Position on the Denver Broncos
The first game of the preseason for Denver put a spotlight on the competition between the team’s two backup quarterbacks.
The Broncos kicked off the game with veteran quarterback Josh Johnson under centre.
The first three drives that were controlled by Johnson got off to lethargic starts, which resulted in two punts and a turnover on downs for a total of 12 plays and 39 yards.
On the other hand, Johnson showed a strong response on the last three drives, which resulted in two touchdowns and a field goal.
The seasoned quarterback with eight years of experience would finish the game having completed 16 of 23 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns for a completion percentage of 69.7.
The Broncos kicked off the second half with quarterback Brett Rypien, who is in his fourth year in the league.
The Broncos failed to score on their opening drive with him as the quarterback.
After beginning the second drive of the night with the offensive on the Broncos’ one-yard line, Rypien guided the Broncos’ offence all the way down the field for a gain of 96 yards.
During that drive, Rypien displayed excellent accuracy with his pass attempts. He connected with undrafted rookie Jalen Virgil deep downfield for completion that gained 42 yards, Travis Fulgham for a first down, and Darrius Shepherd for another first down.
On fourth down, Denver attempted to go for it, but a defender for the Cowboys swatted the ball away, which resulted in a turnover on downs for Denver.
At the end of the game, Rypien had thrown for 113 yards, completing 8 of 18 passes, with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
Injury Report for the Denver Broncos
In the course of the Broncos’ victory over the Cowboys, the following players sustained injuries.
After the second play of the game, it was determined that inside linebacker Jonas Griffith would not return due to an elbow injury.
Cornerback Michael Ojemudia (head) was checked out for a concussion but received clearance to play again after the evaluation.
Safety The condition of Delarrin Turner-head Yell’s (concussion) is currently under evaluation.
Miscellaneous Broncos notes
In his first game as head coach of the Broncos, Nathaniel Hackett directed an aggressive offensive attack.
The Denver offence tried going for it on fourth down three times, but they were unsuccessful in converting any of those opportunities.
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The Broncos concluded the game with eight penalties for a total of sixty-four yards.
This next week, the Denver Broncos will get back to work in the weight room and on the field to get ready for their game against the Buffalo Bills on the following Saturday.