Refresh this page for the latest news and notes before, during and after Broncos practice Thursday, Sept. 13, from Denver Post beat reporters Ryan O’Halloran and Kyle Fredrickson.
8:00 a.m. — Behind enemy lines
To get some intel on the Raiders, we turned to Jerry McDonald, beat writer for the Bay Area News Group. Follow him on Twitter @Jerrymcd.
Here are five questions and McDonald’s answers:
1. Eighteen combined catches for a tight end (Jared Cook) and a running back (Jalen Richard) last week. Were the Rams taking Cooper/Nelson away or should Raiders fans be concerned?
There is no doubt the Raiders were looking toward Cook and Richard as match-up advantages to exploit against the Rams and were avoiding going at Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. That said, the Raiders made no attempt to get Cooper involved with quick throws, bubble screens and the like. I wouldn’t expect that to continue.
2. The Raiders’ pass rush looked impotent against the Rams. What gives Gruden and Co. hope that it will improve?
Hope the rookies get better. Three of them — tackle P.J. Hall, tackle Maurice Hurst and end Arden Key — had major roles in the rotation. Now Hall has a foot in a boot and likely won’t face Denver. They’ll also need to consider dialing up some more pressure in the form of blitzes. Jon Gruden’s reasoning is that the Rams were running so well in the second half with Todd Gurley and that the Rams do so much with jet sweeps and the like (eye candy, he calls it) it makes it tough to get a pass rush. Getting the Broncos in second-and-10 instead of second-and-4 is a must.
3. Rookie first-round pick Kolton Miller started at left tackle in Week 1. What were the reviews on him?
Miller had a hold that negated a 16-yard completion to Cooper, but for the most part he was pretty solid in his NFL debut. The Rams are more of an interior pressure oriented team however with Aaron Donald and Ndumukong Suh. The game in Denver, on the road, is a big, big test. If he can hold up there, the Raiders have something to feel good about.
4. The Khalil Mack Trade is less than two weeks old. What was the locker room like after that and have they recovered?
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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports