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On Deck: Broncos on Offense



Last year Denver could only produce six points against the Chargers defense, this year could be very different.  The Denver Broncos look to have a first class offense this season.  With Jay Cutler's diagnosis of and treatment for diabetes, he appears to have regained his lost weight, and his zip.  Coupled with Brandon Marshall at wide receiver and rookie standout Eddie Royal, he looks poised to have a breakout year.  The Denver offensive line has been bolstered with first round draft pick Ryan Clady, but will be without Pro Bowl center Tom Nalen who is out with an injury.  Clady has performed well in preseason, but with just a few rough spots.  Denver's offense dominated Dallas' defense in the preseason, and just last night completely dismantled the Oakland Raiders; that without star Brandon Marshall who was suspended.  Marshall will be back for the game against the Chargers next weekend.

Bronco tight end, Tony Scheffler performed admirably last year, in this offense he could also be a breakthrough candidate.  In the preseason, Denver improved their pass protection with their retooled offensive line.  The Broncos'  zone run blocking is usually terrific.  The one question mark is the quality of their running backs, Selvin Young did well last year, but it's a big question if he can hold up as the primary back.  Andre Hall and Michael Pittman are their other tailbacks, neither have been dominant in preseason and they are very thin here after Torraine went down in camp.  The old saw is that the Broncos can plug anyone in at RB and have them gain 1,000 yards, that just may be tested this season.  Peyton Hillis has taken over as their starting fullback, and has paved the way for college stars McFadden and Felix Jones.  How he fell to the seventh round of the draft is a mystery to me.

In 2007 the Denver offense ranked about tenth in most categories, except for points scored where they fell to twenty first.  This was the result of too many turnovers as well as not converting in the red zone.  To excel this year Denver need only maintain their performance from last year, but punch the ball into the endzone and, obviously, hang on to the darn thing.