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|When the Denver Broncos reported to training camp they were met by cushy new team and position meeting rooms and an expanded training room that features two cryogenic chambers and a flotation pod along with other amenities courtesy of a $9.5 million facilities face-lift that capped a five-year Jaguars Logan Cooke Jersey , $45 million renovation. An even bigger upgrade is the $56 million one on offense.
General manager John Elway signed quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal and acquired right tackle Jared Veldheer from Arizona.
Then, he bolstered his backfield by drafting running back Royce Freeman out of Oregon and receivers Courtland Sutton of SMU and DaeSean Hamilton of Penn State.
They are the pillars of a 10-member draft class that's led by first-rounder Bradley Chubb and has already drawn raves for its depth of talent and knowledge. All 10 spent four years in college honing their crafts, a reversal of last year's draft class that was loaded with projects and problems.
The Broncos haven't bolstered their offense like this since the Peyton Manning era, and with Keenum, they're no longer bogged down by a QB competition like they were each of the last two summers 鈥?unless you count Paxton Lynch and Chad Kelly's battle for the backup job.
"We're a better football team," Elway said Friday on the eve of training camp. "We have some better depth. I think Case is a big part of that. ... Now, we have to all come together. It's about getting continuity on the offensive line as well as the young wide receivers getting up to speed. As well as the young running back.
"So, offensively, I'm excited about it http://www.cowboysauthorizedshops.com/authentic-bo-scarbrough-jersey , especially with Case" leading the way.
So is coach Vance Joseph.
"I think it's huge to have a starting quarterback in place," Joseph said. "In at league that's built for parity, from the top to the bottom of the roster every team's got talent. But the one position that makes a huge difference is quarterback. And we do have one in place. So, that's exciting for our team."
No more splitting snaps. No more getting used to two different cadences or throwing styles.
And no more wondering.
"It's given us clarity for our football team," Joseph said. "We're not guessing who the quarterback's going to be. We're not guessing who the leader's going to be."
In Sutton and Hamilton, the Broncos finally have receivers who can not only take pressure off Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders but also apply some pressure to the veteran starters who were smothered by D-backs last season.
"Adding those two young guys, they're going to help us," Joseph said. "In this league it's about matchups, it's about getting 1-on-1s. When you have two guys and you have no tight end threat, not halfback threat Authentic Ito Smith Jersey , the defense can easily bracket those two guys.
"When you have three and you have a guy like Jake Butt in the slot, it's going to be hard for teams to do that."
Butt missed his rookie season while recovering from ACL surgery, which caused him to slip into the fifth round in the 2017 NFL draft. But the Broncos believe that if he can stay healthy, his presence is like adding a first-round talent to the offense.
The Broncos jettisoned veteran C.J. Anderson in the offseason in a cost-cutting move, leaving a group of running backs long on promise but short on experience, including rookies Freeman, David Williams and Philip Lindsay along with second-year pro De'Angelo Henderson and third-year pro Devontae Booker.
"It's a young group, but I like that," Joseph said. "From a halfback perspective, you want guys who are young because that means they are healthy. Healthy. Willing. Open-minded."
Notes: Joseph said it's up to WR Carlos Henderson http://www.seahawksauthorizedshops.com/authentic-will-dissly-jersey , who failed to report to camp, whether he has a future in Denver: "He's having some family problems right now and it's strictly on Carlos whether he wants to continue to play football." ... Joseph said LG Ron Leary (knee) and RT Veldheer (foot) will both be eased into the lineup. The only player on PUP will be WR Jordan Taylor, still recovering from hip surgeries.
The Detroit Pistons could not stop the woeful and depleted Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.
Now the Pistons are tasked with trying to defend the best team in the Eastern Conference when they host the Toronto Raptors on Monday.
Detroit set a franchise record by making 23 3-pointers in Memphis, yet still lost 130-117. Conversely, the Pistons allowed season highs of 57.8 percent shooting and 130 points.
Coach Stan Van Gundy, whose job status will be determined shortly after the season, was mortified how easily the Grizzlies picked his team apart.
“Our defense was horrendous,” Van Gundy told reporters. “They scored over 30 in every quarter. There’s nothing to be happy about there. Our effort was bad. Our concentration was bad. We were terrible defensively.”
The Pistons (38-42) had won eight of their previous 10 games following a stretch of 13 losses in 16 games, which assured them of its ninth losing season in the last decade since reaching the Eastern Conference finals in 2008.
“You’ve got to finish strong,” Detroit point guard Ish Smith told Pistons.com. “But these teams are good Authentic Jack Eichel Jersey , too. What you have to do is be ready to play at all times. Guys are playing with freedom. They’re getting an opportunity to play. I’ve been in that position several times. That’s what these teams are doing — being aggressive and playing with a lot of freedom.
Toronto (58-22) has contributed to the Pistons’ woes, winning the first three games of the four-game season series. The last meeting brought the most entertainment value, with the Raptors pulling out a 121-119 overtime win on Detroit’s home floor March 7. DeMar DeRozan scored 42 points and Fred VanVleet hit the game-winning shot with 1.1 seconds remaining.
DeRozan and center Jonas Valanciunas were rested in Sunday’s 112-101 home victory over Orlando while VanVleet exited with lower back tightness C.J. Miles scored a team-high 22 points off the bench and rookie forward OG Anunoby supplied a career-high 21 points and eight rebounds.
“We needed it. He needed that,” coach Dwane Casey said of Anunoby’s outing. “We’re trying to rest people. It’s not like we totally need rest, but I feel like it’s the prudent thing to do for our team.”
Point guard Kyle Lowry could get a rest against Detroit, though he feels he doesn’t need one. Lowry contributed 11 points and seven assists on Sunday.
“I haven’t played that many minutes this year, so it’s a little bit different for me,” said Lowry, who averages 32.2 minutes this season after playing 37.4 per game last season “I don’t need the rest. We get paid to play.”
Toronto center Lucas Noguiera left Sunday’s game early with hamstring tightness. Nogueira’s exit increases the possibility that Valanciunas will dress on Monday.
The Pistons will be missing two regulars.
Forward Blake Griffin has been sidelined the last five games with an ankle injury. Shooting guard Reggie Bullock has been shut down due to a swollen knee.
Toronto has the Eastern Conference’s second-best road record at 24-15. Boston has gone 28-12 on the road. The Pistons are 25-15 at their new Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit but have just 13 road wins.
Toronto has won the last five meetings and eight of the last 10.
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