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opposing quarterbacks discover on game day.Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward are no longer here, but Chris Harris Jr., Darian Stewart, Justin Simmons and Bradley Roby remain.On Tuesday, Case Keenum got his first taste of that stellar defensive backfield that still uses the moniker following Ward’s dismissal last year and Talib’s trade to the Rams this offseason.When asked what it was like facing the merry band of pass snatchers in his first 11-on-11 drills since signing with Denver two months ago, Keenum feigned ignorance of the stellar secondary’s sobriquet.”Is that their nickname? Is that what they’re called?” Keenum asked. ”Is it? OK. Well, it’s good to know. Yeah, they’re talented. They’re a talented squad. And I think … going against good, it makes you better.”When the full pads come out and summer comes around, Keenum will get a pass from the Broncos’ bevy of pass rushers, donning a different color jersey to signal he’s off-limits to the likes of Von Miller, Shane Ray, Bradley Chubb and Shaq Barrett.He won’t get any favors Su'a Cravens Jersey
, though, from the No Fly Zone, which has both perturbed and polished Broncos QBs and offensive coordinators since the group formed during Manning’s tenure and helped them win a Super Bowl.Facing these defensive backs will surely chagrin and sharpen Keenum, too.”I think competition not only within positions and yourself, but against the defense, coming out here and competing here every day against the No … Fly … Zone … it’s going to be really good,” Keenum said, slowing down to pronounce the nickname right.”I’m excited. It’s fun competition. Those guys are really good.”Keenum signed a two-year, $36 million free agent deal in Denver after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game.The Broncos, who held QB competitions each of the first two seasons following Manning’s retirement, quickly declared Keenum their starter and said Lynch and Chad Kelly would vie for the backup job. This week they added former Colorado State QB Nick Stevens to the mix.This marks the first time Keenum has entered an offseason program as the established starter since joining the league as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Houston in 2012.”It’s been fun to watch,” coach Vance Joseph said. ”It’s good for our football team. It’s good for our coaches.””Yeah, it feels different,” Keenum said. ”It feels good. I like it. I like competing and I like knowing my place and knowing my role. There’s some comfort to that and I think that puts different things at ease and lets you go out there and play, lets you cut it loose. It’s nice.”Keenum is 20-18 in six seasons with the Vikings, Rams and Texans and is coming off his best season yet https://www.broncosfanstore.com/Courtland-Sutton-Jersey
, one in which he went 11-3 as Minnesota’s starter after a knee injury sent Sam Bradford to the sideline.He checked in Monday night at No. 51 in the NFL’s Top 100 – 43 spots better than Kirk Cousins, his successor in Minneapolis who signed a groundbreaking, fully guaranteed, three-year, $84 million deal this spring.”Yeah, that was cool,” Keenum said of his ranking. ”It’s something that’s voted on by our peers, so it definitely means a lot to me. I’m looking to build on that and move forward with these guys here.”Notes: Five players were sidelined at the start of OTAs: T Jared Veldheer (foot), G Ron Leary (knee), TE Troy Fumagalli (sports hernia), WR Jordan Taylor (hips) and DT Clinton McDonald (shoulder). … With Veldheer out, Billy Turner lined up at right tackle. T Menelik Watson moved inside to RG, sharing snaps with Connor McGovern. … RB De’Angelo Henderson practiced a week after he was hit by a drunken driver.— When the Denver Broncos entered their Week 9 matchup with the Houston Texans, it looked like Vance Joseph needed a win to keep his job. The struggles of the franchise are well documented. There are more holes than many fans - myself included - might be willing to admit. The one hole we all seem to agree on is coaching. All of us, except John Elway.As Ian St. Clair and I discussed on the MHR Radio postgame podcast, Joseph is bulletproof. The loss to the Texans should be the nail in his proverbial coffin. As we discussed on the pregame show Isaac Yiadom Color Rush Jersey
, some believe Joseph is already fired, it is more about timing than anything else. But what more does Joseph have to do?The issues that have plagued Joseph in his tenure were on full display against Houston. The first half of the game was competitive. The Texans turned it into the Demaryius Thomas show for a little bit, and scored first. Their 8 play drive included some big plays to Thomas, and eventually a touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to Jordan Thomas.It took a couple drives to get on the board, but a solid 8 play drive led to a Brandon McManus field goal. Then Devontae Booker put the ball on the ground and Houston turned that into points. When Denver finally put together an 82 yard touchdown drive in the middle of the second quarter, it looked like maybe they found their groove.At 13-10, the Broncos were down, but they looked like the better team. That lasted for a much shorter period than it should have. This was Vance Joseph’s time to shine. After forcing the Texans to punt, the offense stalled out with 22 seconds left. There was a 62 yard field goal sitting there. It was a no brainer. Punt.Unfortunately, the only person who really needed to know the answer to that riddle got it wrong. Joseph trots out his kicker, and McManus missed it. When Houston took over they only needed to move 20 yards to get into a comfortable field goal. Joseph called time out as Ka’imi Fairbairn missed his first attempt. With his second chance he gave the game a 6 point swing, and Vance Jospeh handed the Texans a golden opportunity. Bill O’Brien loved it.The Defense stood up to the test in the second half. They surrendered just three more points, but it was more than enough. The Broncos could only manage one more touchdown. As the game wore down, Denver found themselves in a position to tie the game one more time. Once again, Vance Joseph reared his ugly head.With time winding down, Case Keenum drove the Broncos into field goal range for a potential game winner. With 13 seconds left Josey Jewell Jersey
, the Broncos had a chance to move the ball a little closer for McManus. From shotgun, Keenum handed the ball to Philip Lindsay, who really hadn’t found much room to run. He ended up being tackled for a one yard loss.On third and six from 51 yards out, McManus pushed it, missed wide right, and Demaryius Thomas ran off the field with his new team as a winner. The Broncos are a team with several issues. From the top down, there are problems. However, the only guy that really seems to be impervious is Vance Joseph, the biggest reason they lost.The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher, TuneIn and a few other podcast hosts. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.