1. Shane Ray is as good as goneBefore the game word broke that Su’a Cravens and Shane Ray were healthy scratches for Dymonte Thomas and Jeff Holland. Thomas had a quiet game outside of one play Womens Bradley Chubb Jersey
, but he made it count. As for Holland, he saved Mayfield from getting into the second level on a 3rd and 1 in the second half. He also had a few good rushes. Anyone who watched him in the preseason knew he just needed a chance, but sitting Ray for him said more about the 2015 first rounder than the undrafted rookie.Holland’s motor was evident on this rush in the 2nd. Great second effort to get to Mayfield. After Elway turned down the Ray’s fifth year option last spring, the writing was on the wall: the former Missouri Tiger had a put up or shut up season in front of him and limited opportunities to prove himself. He’s failed completely. Ray has been the primary rotation player on the Edge depth chart since Shaq Barrett was injured and still has all of 4.5 pressures on the entire season according to Sports Info Solutions. If his season is over, he’ll finish 2018 with 1 sack, 10 tackles and 1 QB hit. It will be interesting to see if what teams watch his 2016 tape and take a flier, unfortunately he never returned to that burgeoning star rusher that notched 8 sacks behind DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller. Cravens is easily the more peculiar inactive, while Ray is a free agent after the season, Denver inherited Cravens rookie deal when they traded for him from Washington. Initially I thought perhaps it had to do with the conditional 2020 6th round pick Elway gave Washington as part of the trade, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. In the end, it may well be due to performance as Cravens was one of the many Fly Zone members who struggled mightily to contain the Niners George Kittle last week. What makes the move even more bizarre is that Cravens was benched while Darian Stewart continue to play. 2. Sutton had a big first half, but disappeared in 2ndThe biggest play Sutton made tonight won’t be reflected in his traditional stats as he set up the first half touchdown when he drew a defensive pass interference penalty on Terrance Mitchell that gave the Denver O 1st and Goal from the 3. Two plays later Keenum found pay dirt. Sutton finished the 2nd quarter with 5 catches on 5 targets for 42 yards and the 25 yard penalty. It became his final statline as the Browns put the clamps down in the second half and DaeSean Hamilton was forced to try and carry the load. 3. The Broncos ground game is still stuck in neutralA week after averaging 2.8 yards per carry against San Francisco, the Broncos vaunted rushing attack averaged 1.6 tonight. Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman had moments, but could never provide the offense some degree of consistent production. Inevitably, the absence of Emmanuel Sanders and Denver’s rebuilt interior line has finally caught up to the team. Opposing defenses are using stunts to confuse the offensive line and coordinators in recent weeks are electing to sell out against the run, daring Keenum and what’s left of the Broncos pass catchers to beat them. 4. Tramaine Brock flew solo & Von made historyThe play after Taylor was ejected Von Miller made Broncos notched his 98th career sack, passing Simon Fletcher for the most in team history. The new all time sack record holder. Unfortunately, the Fly Zone was down to Justin Simmons and Tramaine Brock on drive that put the Browns ahead for good.5. Keenum did all he could to play hero Early on things looked great. At one point I thought that this was the best half of football I’ve seen from Keenum Womens John Elway Jersey
, all things considered. He was throwing to the 4th and 5th string tight ends and completing passes to 3 rookies and a receiver who couldn’t make the Ravens a year ago. Keenum and the offense were methodical in the first half. Then in a 3 play sequence Tim Patrick and Matt LaCosse dropped passes before the left side of the offensive line collapsed and Keenum threw a prayer into the end zone. It was picked off by Jabril Peppers. All things considered, it was an understandable decision as Sutton had a chance. There was a big hiccup in the 2nd half when Keenum threw one of his uglier picks. But as veteran quarterbacks need to do, he responded with a money drive to get Denver into the red zone with less than 7 minutes to go.Hamilton stretched to get the first on this clutch play. After the Hamilton catch on 3rd down though, Musgrave went conservative with 3 straight runs. Joseph called for a field goal with 4:35 left on the clock to get the Broncos within 1 point. Following Hmailton’s big catch on third down the Broncos took the ball out of Keenum’s hands. After the one of the gutsiest performances I’ve seen from the Broncos, Keenum got the ball back with 1:49 left on the clock and the field to drive. The first 4th down he found Devontae Booker who made a play after the catch to get the Broncos to the 50. Unfortunately, the Mile High Magic was all used up. 4th and Game, the Browns went man across and sent the house. This isn’t Minnesota. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway cycles through quarterbacks and head coaches at a dizzying rate. Yet, what’s really an annual rite of spring in Denver is his shuffling of the Broncos‘ offensive line.After hiring his fourth head coach in six seasons and swapping out quarterbacks again this offseason, the Broncos general manager targeted Ja’Wuan James in free agency, luring the ex-Dolphins lineman with a four-year deal worth up to $51 million, making him the NFL’s highest-paid right tackle.James’ arrival coincides with the departure of two of Denver’s own free agents, center Matt Paradis to the Panthers (three years, $27 million) and swing tackle Billy Turner to the Packers (four years, $29.5 million).Elway also filled another dire need, striking a three-year, $33 million deal with ex-Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson in the negotiating window before the league’s new year began Wednesday.Jackson replaces Bradley Roby, a former first-round pick who agreed to a one-year Bradley Chubb Broncos Jersey
, $10 million deal with Houston after an awful first season as a starter in Denver last year following Aqib Talib’s trade to the Rams.Jackson is the kind of sure tackler and hard hitter that new head coach Vic Fangio favors, and James is a player the Broncos coveted for new O-line coach Mike Munchak. James also played under new assistant O-line coach Chris Kuper for the last three years in Miami.James, who has missed major portions of the season with injuries in two of the last four years, replaces Jared Veldheer, last year’s veteran fix at right tackle, in a line protecting Joe Flacco, Elway’s seventh quarterback since Peyton Manning’s retirement three years ago.With the strongest snowstorm in Colorado since at least 1950 closing airports and highways, the Broncos pushed back introductory news conferences for their new players until Friday.But Elway did sit down with Broncos TV to discuss his additions, saying, “We think Kareem and the physicality he brings to the defensive side and the athleticism that Ja’Wuan has at right tackle, they’re both great fits for us.”NFL rules prohibited the Broncos from discussing Flacco’s acquisition until the start of the new league year on Wednesday, and Elway told the NFL Network that at 34, Flacco’s “arm strength is still great” and “he’s just going into his prime.”Flacco fits Elway’s quarterback profile: he’s tall, plays under center and can throw the deep pass, as he proved in the playoffs in 2012 with that 70-yard touchdown heave to Jacoby Jones in the final minute of regulation in Baltimore’s double-overtime win in Denver. The victory propelled the Ravens to a win in the Super Bowl.Elway traded a fourth-round pick to Baltimore for Flacco, then shipped incumbent Case Keenum to Washington along with a 2020 seventh-rounder for a 2020 sixth-rounder in a pair of deals that became official Wednesday.Keenum was a disappointment in Denver, going 6-10 after leading the Vikings to an 11-3 record and the NFC championship game in 2017. It wasn’t all his fault, however — he lost his top receiver Von Miller Jersey White
, two top tight ends and three O-line starters to injuries.Elway has had a tough time building a solid offensive line.Twice, he signed two veteran O-linemen only to watch them get hurt or fizzle out.In 2016, he signed tackles Russell Okung and Donald Stephenson. The Broncos declined Okung’s option after one middling season and Stephenson started 16 games over two seasons before his release. In 2017, the Broncos signed tackle Menelik Watson and guard Ronald Leary. Watson started seven games and was cut the following August, and Leary sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 6 last season.Elway’s best O-line acquisition in free agency was guard Louis Vasquez in 2013. Vasquez was named All-Pro his first year in Denver and started 47 games over three seasons.Elway has also selected at least one offensive lineman in each of his eight draft classes so far. His hits include Orlando Franklin and Paradis. Philip Blake and Vinston Painter were major misses and 2017 first-rounder Garett Bolles, who leads the league in holding calls over the last two seasons, is Munchak’s major reclamation project this offseason.The secondary also was a primary need for the Broncos, who released safety Darian Stewart and had three cornerbacks who are unrestricted free agents and a fourth, Brandon Langley, who is switching to receiver.Jackson was the most versatile cornerback on the open market. Although he’ll turn 30 next month, he’s coming off the best season of his nine-year NFL career, all in Houston. He posted 87 tackles, broke up 17 passes and forced two fumbles, all of which were career bests.Fangio will pair him with star cornerback Chris Harris Jr., the last remaining member of the “No Fly Zone” secondary that was the backbone of the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 team. Like Harris, Jackson is adept at playing outside or in the slot and has also lined up at safety.