But will it close with C.J. Anderson still on stage?
So, guess who earned a promotion to run with the second-team offense today at Dove Valley?
That’s right: Anderson, the undrafted free agent from Cal.
I asked Anderson (upper right, in drills) for his reaction when coaches called his name.
“I looked around and thought, ‘Me?’” he said.
Yes, you. No doubt this move is partly in response to Knowshon Moreno’s absence today. Moreno was out with a bruise and won’t be out for long.
But Anderson earned it. He’s been memorable, which is more than you can say for the Broncos running game to this point.
“It was the first time (he’s played with that unit),” Anderson told me. “It was a good feeling. But I know what I’ve got to do.”
Will the Broncos keep Anderson on the 53-man roster?
We don’t know yet. But in a backfield that so far leaves much to be desired, he has been a standout.
More on Anderson coming later this week in The Gazette.
Play of the day: This was Trindon to a ‘T.’
Trindon Holliday, the risk-reward return man, was called on to run a reverse in 11-on-11 drills. He took the handoff from Brock Osweiler, fumbled the handoff from Brock Osweiler, scooped the ball and outraced the defense to the end zone.
If nothing else, little man is big-time time entertaining.
Newsworthy: Von Miller (above left, before practice today) was arrested this weekend on an outstanding warrant, according to a report by 7News.
Here’s what the Broncos said about the arrest a few minutes ago in a statement to media:
“We have been aware of the matter involving Von Miller’s failure to appear in court for traffic violations. It was reported to the league earlier this week and is being handled through the legal system.”
This is a small deal… that turns into a bigger deal considering Miller’s less-than-favorable offseason. This is what you could call a pattern of behavior, I guess.
We’ll know soon enough if/how this affects Miller’s playing status.
What I want to know (and we won’t know for a while): Will this forgettable offseason affect the Broncos’ decision-making process when the star linebacker is up for a new contract?
Sunday was the team’s day off, and Miller was arrested a gun club near Dove Valley.
The untrained eye saw: During 11-on-11 drills, in which Peyton Manning again ruled the day, the offensive line looked like this (from left to right): Chris Clark, Zane Beadles, Manny Ramirez, Louis Vasquez and Orlando Franklin.
In other words, the Broncos’ big boys are getting closer to full health. Good news, since coach John Fox told us after practice he expects the first-teamers will play “roughly” the first half in the second preseason game — at Seattle on Saturday.
What’s next: The final day of training camp, Thursday from 8:50-11:30 a.m. It is open to the public.