The Broncos have hired Mike McCoy as their new OC. It's a homecoming after McCoy spent the 2009-2012 seasons in the same role. His QBs during that stretch ranged from Kyle Orton to Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning. McCoy was able to coax top-15 finishes in total yards and passing yards out of the Orton-led squads. With Tebow in 2011, Denver ranked 1st in rushing attempts and yards but 31st in passing and 23rd in total offense. McCoy's 2012 season with Manning produced a #4 finish in total yards and #2 in points. McCoy struggled as the Chargers' HC for the past 4 years, producing a 27-37 record (although injuries did him no favors). All 4 of those squads led by QB Philip Rivers ranked top 10 in passing yards. McCoy is widely regarded as 1 of the better offensive minds in the game, so this is a nice hire for Denver. He seems to lean toward a pass-heavy attack but has shown the willingness and ability to adjust his scheme. We'll see what he has in mind for this Broncos attack.
Broncos LB Josey Jewell is doubtful for Monday night's game against the Seahawks with a calf injury that kept him out of practice both Friday and Saturday. That clears the way for Jonas Griffith to work as lead LB in the opener. Griffith missed most of the preseason with an elbow injury suffered early in the 1st exhibition, but he practiced in full all week and is off the injury report. Denver also lists EDGE Randy Gregory as questionable with shoulder and knee issues. We'd plan to not use Gregory in Week 1 IDP lineups, given the late kickoff.
Broncos CB Ronald Darby (shoulder) and LB Kenny Young (concussion) are inactive for today's game against the Chargers. With Baron Browning out on the COVID list, LB Jonas Griffith looks like an upside play vs. the Chargers. DE Dre'Mont Jones (foot), S Kareem Jackson (back, shoulder) and DE Shelby Harris (ankle) are active.
Broncos S Kareem Jackson (back, shoulder), DE Dre'Mont Jones (foot), LB Kenny Young (concussion), DE Shelby Harris (ankle) and CB Ronald Darby (shoulder) are all questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
The Broncos on Friday placed LB Baron Browning and EDGE players Bradley Chubb and Jonathon Cooper on the COVID list. They'll miss Sunday's game against the Chargers.
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