As the Denver Broncos prepare for the first game in the Josh McDaniels era, it appears that former first round pick Jarvis Moss is finally finding a niche as an outside linebacker.
Since I am not in Denver, I am only reporting what was offered on the Denver Broncos' official training camp blog, but it appears as though No. 94 is one of the team's most improved players in camp.
The site reports that before practice last night, Moss was working diligently with defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely on his hand technique (pictured) with the focus of the session being fending off blockers.
Per Gray Caldwell, Moss was "all over" the practice field, making plays left and right. During 11-on-11 drills, Moss quickly made his way to the backfield to wrap up running back Darius Walker for a loss, and during a two-minute drill, the linebacker blitzed and sacked quarterback Kyle Orton. He also had multiple sacks during one-on-one drills.
Many analysts, namely Bill Williamson of ESPN.com feel Moss' days with the team are numbered, but due to the high praise he has received the last week or so I think this team will be hard pressed to not find a roster spot for him.
In addition to Moss, rookie tailback Knowshon Moreno continues to prove why the Broncos picked him up with the 12th overall pick in the draft.
The Georgia product showed great speed when he broke through the defensive backfield and sprinted past everyone for a touchdown, and later in the practice, he hurdled wide receiver Brandon Stokley after the wide receiver scored a touchdown during two-minute drills.
I do not know that I would want him doing too much of the latter though.
Moreno also sported for the first time his "rookie hairdo." Have a look.
It should also be noted that with the release of the Broncos' first depth chart, head coach Josh McDaniels was not lying when he said "That is not our depth chart." Seeing time with the first unit last night that were not listed were Robert Ayers, Wesley Woodyard, Darrell Reid, Alphonso Smith, Darcel McBath, and Jack Williams.
Woodyard also played the role of Patrick Willis at times during practice, sporting a sleeveless, red, No. 52 practice jersey. Other players posing as 49ers were Ryan Torain (Frank Gore, No. 21) and Marquez Branson (Vernon Davis, No. 85).
"We started talking about San Francisco last night," Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. "We put some specific players in jerseys today to kind of simulate some of the things that (San Francisco) does. This is like a game week for (the team)."
McDaniels also had some profound words for the team's current starting running back, former Philadelphia Eagle Correll Buckhalter.
"Buck, he is kind of like the rest of our backs. He has got a lot of versatility. He can, certainly, run the ball. He has got a great, great burst. (He) may be our fastest back. He probably is. We aren't ever going to time them and run them out here, but he is probably our fastest back. He is very good in pass protection, catches the ball very well (and) comes from a program where they don't accept anything other than winning. A lot of those things are very positive. Buck has been a great influence on some of our younger players. There is really nothing that disappoints you about Correll. He shows up every day ready to work."
More from Broncos camp including a preview of Friday night's game to come.