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MensajePublicado: Lun Ene 28, 2019 12:52 am    Asunto: Broncos Country hasn’t had a whole lot to cheer Responder citando

about so far this season as our team sits at 3-6 going into a bye week , and likely yet another season of missing the playoffs. However, there have been a few bright spots along the way, mainly coming in the form of young players stepping up their game. Jeff Heuerman’s performance against the Houston Texans last week certainly fits that bill.Heuerman, also known as ‘the other Jeff’, went off for 10 catches on 11 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown, with the majority of his yards coming after the catch as he showcased excellent open field elusiveness. This was one of the best performances by a Denver tight end since Peyton Manning and Julius Thomas set the league on fire in 2013 - 2014, and has been a key missing piece of this Broncos offense. What was even more encouraging, was not only Heuerman individually stepping up his game, but the coaching staff’s clear plan to get him more involved with Demaryius Thomas no longer in Denver.Heuerman was moved all around in nearly every alignment imaginable on Sunday. He was split out wide as a Z-receiver on a key 3rd down pass play to clear out the zone for Courtland Sutton.Here, he starts out wide and is motioned into the slot underneath Sanders’ tight split.He even came out of the backfield on this 3rd and short catch and run.Play #1He also found success from a traditional tight end alignment off of play action.Here, Denver fakes outside zone right and everyone goes that direction, except for Keenum and Heuerman.He gets a chip on JJ Watt on his way out to further sell the run.Now he’s wide open with plenty of room to run. Keenum hits him a little low and late, but Heuerman is able to bounce off tacklers for a nice gain.This is the kind of thing we saw multiple times on Sunday and was a great move by the coaching staff. This not only got Keenum in his comfort zone and got Heuerman involved, but also helped combat the Texans fierce pass rush.Play #2Another thing I really liked was Denver’s coaching staff taking advantage of matchups. This is something the Vikings did will Kyle Rudolph quite often last year with good success. The Texans played a lot of man coverage Garett Bolles Jersey , and would shadow Heuerman with a linebacker. So Denver split him out wide and let him work 1-on-1 against the 250 lb Bernardrick McKinney on the outside.Keenum does a nice job identifying the matchup pre-snap and throws with great anticipation here before Heuerman even breaks off his route.Great back shoulder throw from Keenum, and nice catch here by the tight end.Play #3Saved the best for last.The Texans are in a cover-2 at the goal line, and Denver is going to run to both Sanders and Sutton to the left to widen the safety and nickel corner, isolating the MLB, McKinney again.You can see the safety drift to Sanders in the slot, and the nickel corner is focused on the QB.Keenum once again throws with great anticipation and puts it in the perfect spot, away from the linebacker.Heuerman hang in there for an incredible catch, and Denver gets the score.I wrote last week how Denver’s passing game had been failing in the red zone and on 3rd downs this year. This week, they converted 100% of their red zone trips, and converted some key 3rd downs propelled by Heuerman and Keenum’s connection, plus great scheming to correctly utilize him.Look for more of this as the season progresses, and the offense continues to try new things and find it’s rhythm. The Denver Broncos are the same record at this point in 2018 as they were in 2017, despite losing close games as opposed to being blown out like they were during the losing streak last year.In many ways, losing those games hurt even more Authentic Jake Butt Jersey , especially for players like Chris Harris Jr. “Definitely, especially for me,” Harris said after the game. “When I just can’t change the game and can’t affect the game, that’s what really frustrates me. When I can’t change the game and they’re kind of scheming like that. I want to make plays and help this team win. They just wouldn’t let me.”Harris is a shutdown corner and teams know it. Against the Houston Texans, I can think of two plays where Deshaun Watson went the man Harris was covering. That kind of respect was something I haven’t seen since Champ Bailey saw his side of the field targeted once or twice a game.For Harris, being out there doing his job and not seeing opportunities to make a big play come his way is even more frustrating for him. “It’s frustrating. When you lose and you know you’re capable of beating this team. We had them. I pride myself in being able to make game-changing plays and being able to change the game. It’s just like last year. I’m just kind of out there. It feels like last year for me.”The defense held the Texans to 19 points, but that wasn’t enough. They gave up one very easy touchdown pass and rather than blame the offense for only scoring 17 points, Harris is looking at the one play as the play they (the defense) just had to make and didn’t.“We just have a small [margin for] error. We can’t mess up too much. We can’t just give people easy touchdowns when they’re double-teamed. We just can’t do stuff like that. We’ve got to play smarter football, cleaner football. That’s going to give us the chance to win. Those good teams, those games today, they pull those out.”The play in question was one where Justin Simmons put himself in poor position for the easy touchdown catch in what should have been double-coverage. Even though the Broncos defense played a good game, this play is the one Harris can’t let go of. It’s the little mistakes that are costing this team on both sides of the ball and the wins are not going to come any time soon if they don’t clean this up.
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