Last Monday, Broncos safety Kareem Jackson downplayed the significance of facing a Houston Texans team that drafted him in 2010 and employed him for nine years until letting him walk away in free agency. Just another game. … Good to see familiar faces. … But the past is the past. The usual drill. Well, almost.Before his foundation sponsored a holiday shopping spree ($100 gift card apiece) for 30 kids from Children’s Hospital Colorado at the Wal-Mart in Centennial, the semi-gravity of facing the Texans hit Jackson when he was asked about possibly telling his mind and body to slow down in the game’s opening minutes. “Depending on how games start out, I find myself having to say that sometimes,” he said. “But it will be great to go back.” And it will be great for Jackson if he can lead the Broncos to an upset over the Texans. And, really, there should be an incentive for him. Scar tissue like that doesn’t heal overnight. That was … [Read more...] about In first year with Broncos, Kareem Jackson has proven to be right fit
Eleven things about the Broncos entering Sunday’s game at Houston: 1. In quarterback Drew Lock’s final preseason game — Aug. 19 against San Francisco — he did not wear a wristband that included the plays, but he did last week against the Los Angeles Chargers, sometimes reading it as he was getting under center. “It helped a lot,” he said. “I think it not only helped myself, but everyone with the play calls. Just make it clean to where I can go in there and give it cleanly to the guys.” 2. Offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello said having Lock wear a wrist-band play-list is “part of this whole process. Each guy’s a little different. Their visualization, how they call plays, how they function and what’s best for them. The way the game has evolved, you have to find work-arounds that make them comfortable. … Part of that was the wristband.”3. So did Scangarello just give Lock a play number through the headset? … [Read more...] about Broncos Journal: Wearing wristband with play calls a benefit for quarterback Drew Lock
Denver Post Broncos writer Ryan O’Halloran posts his Broncos Mailbag weekly during the season. You can pose a Broncos- or NFL-related question for the Broncos Mailbag here. Follow Ryan for more daily updates on Twitter. What’s the problem with the Broncos’ offense in the second half? Rich Scangarello? Joe Flacco? — Juan Nunez, El Salvador The Broncos are making progress. At least the questions are about the “second-half offense,” instead of the “game-wide offense.” In the last two games, the Broncos have scored 17 points apiece in the first half, but then hit the skids in the third quarter. Jacksonville — no points, 0 of 2 on third down and six plays for 8 yards. Chargers — no points, 0 of 3 on third down and 13 plays for 36 yards. Let’s take a look at Sunday’s game. Leading 17-0, the Broncos forced the Chargers into a three and out and took over at their 35-yard line. Phillip Lindsay ran for 16 yards, but then … [Read more...] about Broncos Mailbag: Will Drew Lock get to play in the regular season this year?
Will Parks‘ teammates call him “Philly”, a nickname that’s both a reflection of where he’s from and how his old neighborhood of Germantown in north Philadelphia continues to shape the Broncos defensive back today. On Sunday in Houston, Parks will wear cleats promoting Philadelphia CeaseFire as part of the NFL’s “My Cause My Cleats” initiative. For the fourth-year pro, the skyrocketing gun violence in Philadelphia — the city had 353 homicides in 2018, the most in more than a decade, and is on pace to surpass that in 2019 — is raw and personal. It’s personal for Parks, whose focus and work ethic enabled him to rise above the distractions that came with being a star football player at Germantown High School. And he believes he now needs to use his platform — shoes and all — to help spark change. “It was definitely hard to stay focused in Philly growing up, especially playing football and always being a … [Read more...] about “Philly” Will Parks’ roots continue to define versatile Broncos defensive back in a contract year