GLENDALE, Ariz. — It took a whilst, but the Broncos finally identified their form in the preseason finale from Arizona Cardinals.
Right after slipping at the rear of 7- when the Cardinals sprinted 45 yards to a score on their opening possession, Denver narrowed the deficit before halftime, then surged past the Cardinals fo a 21-10 as Paxton Lynch sent his ideal effectiveness of the preseason, guiding the No. 3 offense to a pair of landing drives whilst finishing 14 of 15 passes in the next half.
“Paxton played effectively,” Head Mentor Vance Joseph explained. “I assumed Paxton played effectively final week and from Chicago, so I’m not astonished that he played good football tonight
Observations from the preseason finale adhere to …
… Two of the most outstanding features of De’Angelo Henderson’s do the job are his potential to accumulate yardage immediately after contact and his proficiency at earning defenders skip him. Equally of these ended up on display screen on his next carry of the match, which saw him do the job through a deal with try, then dodge a Cardinals defender for the remaining two yards of an 8-garden match.
… Henderson and Dave Williams split the do the job at operating back again. Henderson led in speeding, gaining 53 yards on 11 carries, whilst Williams picked up 43 yards on 13 carries. But Williams concluded as the leader in yards from scrimmage, posting 78 yards, which include 35 yards on six receptions. Henderson included 17 yards on 3 catches to finish the night time with 17 yards from scrimmage.
… Quarterback Chad Kelly’s to start with experienced commence opened with assure, as he done a 3rd-and-3 pass to River Cracraft for 12 yards to get the offense going on its to start with sequence. But immediately after six runs and a 7-garden pass to Jordan Leslie acquired the Broncos to the Arizona 26-garden line, the travel stalled, as a scramble to the right established up a holding penalty, which led to an interception on the subsequent 3rd-and-11.
Kelly settled down immediately after that, later on primary a 76-garden march to a Brandon McManus subject target. He concluded the preseason with a 92.8 passer rating on 40-of-60 passing for 466 yards with 3 touchdowns and two interceptions.
“I assumed Chad played economical football, of course exterior of the interception the led to a landing for [Arizona],” Joseph explained. “He bounced back again and he played with self-confidence and that is critical for a younger quarterback.
“You don’t want these fellas to make a slip-up and come back again and be timid. He was not. He was intense. He was Chad immediately after the slip-up.”
In 15 belongings more than 4 preseason video games, the Broncos averaged 2.4 factors, 43.1 net yards and 2.3 to start with downs for each sequence with Kelly at the helm. All of these effortlessly eclipsed NFL league averages final period.
… Three days immediately after returning to exercise, Su’a Cravens started out and played the complete to start with half. He concluded the match with 3 overall tackles.
“I was amazed with Su’a, how actual physical he played. That’s what he was in Washington,” Joseph explained. “It was good to get him back again on the subject and have him engage in some stay football before the genuine offer starts off.”
… Within linebacker Josey Jewell turned in a dominant to start with half, notching 7 overall tackles, which include five solo stops.
… Exterior linebacker Jeff Holland concluded the to start with half with a sack even with the ideal attempts of Cunningham, who held the undrafted rookie as he burst toward Arizona quarterback Mike Glennon. Arizona was hoping to established up a “Hail Mary” try as time ran out before halftime, primary Glennon to drift back again in the pocket and lengthen the engage in.
The engage in gave Holland the crew direct in sacks for the preseason.
… Posture versatility is a essential to sticking around as a reserve offensive lineman, and Elijah Wilkinson showed the extent of his versatility Thursday night time. He started out and played the complete to start with half at right guard, then switched to left deal with for the next half.
… Joe Jones’ most likely route to a roster spot is on distinctive teams, and he built his situation for a spot on the 53-person roster in the to start with quarter. Jones sprinted downfield, halting Arizona punt returner Corey Willis for no acquire immediately after Marquette King’s 39-garden punt.
Jordan Leslie later on adopted go well with, sprinting downfield on a Brandon McManus kickoff with 8:26 left in the 3rd quarter to deal with Willis at the Arizona 13-garden line. That engage in was a signature minute of a night time that saw him post a crew-primary 70 yards on five receptions, which include a 16-garden landing capture that place the Broncos in front to continue to be.