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,153commentsThese guys stood out for better or worse during the Denver Broncos 14-10 preseason victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame Game. MDTBefore I ramble too much, one big caveat. I plan to re-watch the game when it hits NFL Game Pass and flesh out a longer draft with the benefit of slow motion, rewind and hot coffee.As I mentioned in my post earlier today, the score of the game doesn’t matter - even if Juwann Winfree’s first NFL touchdown was awesome. There were a lot of big moments mixed in with the things people may overreact to. Here are my first impressions.Big deal - Justin Hollins’ versatilityOfficially Justin Hollins is an edge rusher, but since OTAs, we’ve known that Fangio and the coaching staff envision so much more for the fifth-round pick out of Oregon. I noticed him bursting off the edge and drawing help from the back. He was in space. He mashed at the point of attack. He looked every bit as good as I could have hoped.No big deal - Drew Lock’s performanceLeading up to the game there’s been a lot of discussion that Kevin Hogan is a waste of time and Lock and Brett Rypien should eat all of the reps. Hopefully the rookies’ first games woke you up to the fact that they are still adjusting to the speed of the NFL, and that they’re both still figuring out how to make NFL throws. In Lock’s case this isn’t even surprising. Even before the Broncos drafted him, I mentioned how he’d need to completely refine his mechanics. Guess what, they were sloppy in spots. He still needs time.Big deal - Malik ReedReed was my early pick for Denver’s next Phillip Lindsay: an undrafted rookie who finds his way to making the roster. He’s an exciting, albeit undersized Emmanuel Sanders Jersey
, pass rusher. One of the big questions he’ll face going forward is how he can hold up in space and against the run, but if Fangio is looking for a situational pass rusher, Reed looks as promising as any on the current roster.No big deal - Shamarko Thomas’ sackI’ll spend some more time on this one tomorrow, but it sure looked like Thomas didn’t pick up his assignment on the Falcons’ touchdown.Correction: Working through the TD this morning and I made a mistake last night, it was 36, not 38 who looks like they missed picking up the back. Sorry Shamarko!Big deal - Garett Bolles didn’t play muchKeep this in mind the next time someone tries to say he’s going to lose his job. It sure looks like Fangio was speaking the truth when he voiced support for the Broncos’ left tackle.No big deal? - Jeff Holland’s playing timeEarly on I made note of the fact that Holland showed off a quick first step as he chased the ball down from the backside. Outside of his offside penalty, it sure looked like Holland was one of the better players early in the first quarter. As the game wore on, I didn’t notice him making big plays so much as the fact that his 46 jersey kind of catches your eye. He’s a guy I plan to focus on because I’m curious how he held up with so many reps.My early theory is that he played in part because the Broncos’ edge rotation consisted of him, Reed, Ahmad Gooden DeMarcus Ware Jersey
, and Aaron Wallace. He played the Khalil Mack role by and large while the other guys were rotating around in coverage and the edge.Big deal - Broncos football is backIt may be a sloppy preseason game where quarterbacks combined for all of 112 yards passing, but it sure beats baseball. One thing I’m hoping to do this offseason is provide you guys with some more neutral looks at the Broncos with the 3 & Out series. This time around I was fortunate enough to speak with FootballOutsiders’ Derrik Klassen, who writes the weekly Film Room series for the site. After talking a bit about League of Legends (Derrik and I are both huge Bard fans, but he also plays ADC), I started to bug Derrik about your favorite football team. I’ll spare you the nerd talk for now and cut right to our discussion.The interview has been lightly edited for clarity. 1st and 10:What changes do you think are coming for the Broncos defense in the Vic Fangio system? 2nd and 7:Elway has already called Case Keenum a short term fix this offseason, and reports are coming out left and right that the Broncos will be in the mix for another quarterback. Are there any veterans that seem to make sense?The odds on favorite seems to be Drew Lock. I have questions, but do you think he would be a good fit in the Rich Scangarello offense?3rd and 3: Are there any other big positions of need that you see for the 2019 Broncos? 4th and inches:Are there any under the radar free agents or draft prospects that you think could be solid scheme fits in the Fangio or Scangarello systems?John Brown could be just what the doctor ordered if Emmanuel Sanders can’t return to health. He’s a veteran with speed to burn.