The Denver Broncos take on another tough opponent in week two of the NFL preseason schedule as they take on the San Francisco 49ers. Denver is coming off of a 21-16 win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks last Thursday at Sports Authority Field.
What: Preseason game two: Denver Broncos (1-0) vs. San Francisco 49ers (0-1).
When: Sunday, August 17th.
Where: Levi’s Stadium
Time: 4:00 PM ET, 2:00 PM MT.
TV: NFL Network
The Denver Broncos started running back Ronnie Hillman last week due to the absence of number one back Montee Ball who is out after undergoing an emergency appendectomy. Hillman struggled against the Seahawks defense, rushing the ball six times and only coming up with 15 yards. Then entered undrafted free-agent Juwan Thompson who made his name heard.
Thompson was handed the rock six times, rushing for 59 yards with a long of 20. Granted, a couple of his runs were called back due to penalties but the rookie stood out enough to earn first-team reps this past week in practice. Make sure to keep your eye on Thompson as he goes up against one of the best defenses in the NFL.
With defensive captain Danny Trevathan going down, it will have to be the next man up philosophy in the words of head coach John Fox. Brandon Marshall will get the first crack at replacing Trevathan who really broke out in the 2013 season. Trevathan will reportedly be out for up to 6-to-8 weeks with a fracture just below his knee joint.
Another player to keep out an eye for is Broncos wide out Jordan Norwood. Norwood caught the go-ahead touchdown to put the Broncos ahead 21-16 against the Seahawks last week on a beautiful pass from Brock Osweiler. The five-year pro out of Penn State is well on his way to earning a spot on the Broncos 53-man roster if he keeps it up. He caught three passes last week for 51 yards, including a punt-return for 20 yards.
San Francisco scored just three points in their preseason opener in Baltimore last Thursday as starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed his only pass on the afternoon for 17 yards. Their defense on the other hand pressured the quarterback quite a bit, collecting three sacks and four tackles for a loss. A key match-up to watch right away will be Denver’s offensive line vs. San Francisco’s defensive line.