NELSON MAY STEP INTO SPOT­LIGHT

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Nicki Jhab­vala, The Den­ver Post

Bron­cos quar­ter­back Trevor Siemian told Den­ver Sports 760 AM, a part­ner­ing ra­dio sta­tion of the team, that he is “mak­ing some progress” to­ward a re­turn.

“I think I’m get­ting bet­ter ev­ery day,” Siemian said. “(I’m) try­ing to do some dif­fer­ent things this week and see how it holds up. I think I’m mak­ing some head­way and we’ll see how it ends up.”

Siemian is no longer wear­ing the pro­tec­tive boot on his left foot, and coach Gary Kubiak on Mon­day said he is hope­ful his quar­ter­back will be able to play Sun­day at Ten­nessee.

“If it was up to me, I’d try to be out there ev­ery day do­ing some­thing,” Siemian said. “But, again, this is a day-to-day thing, and that’s how we’re tak­ing it. We’ll come in (Wed­nes­day morn­ing) and see how I’m do­ing and lis­ten to Greek (head ath­letic trainer Steve Antonop­u­los), and he’ll take care of me.”

WR ad­just­ments.

Since De­mary­ius Thomas en­tered the league in 2010, he was forced to ad­just among mul­ti­ple quar­ter­backs in a sea­son. First, it was Kyle Or­ton and Tim Te­bow. Last year, it was Pey­ton Man­ning and Brock Osweiler. And mostly re­cently, it has been Siemian and Pax­ton Lynch.

“It’s a lit­tle dif­fer­ent be­cause you’re so used to go­ing with one guy and then you have to switch over to an­other one,” Thomas said. “Still, it’s ba­si­cally do­ing your job as a re­ceiver and putting the pres­sure on him to do his job as a quar­ter­back. My job was to get open and give him a throw (to make).”

Thomas’ num­bers have been hin­dered, in part, by the var­i­ous of­fen­sive changes over the past two sea­sons. But he says his focus re­mains sin­gu­lar.

“All guys are dif­fer­ent,” he said. “They all (throw) dif­fer­ent balls — some throw fur­ther than oth­ers. It’s dif­fer­ent with ev­ery quar­ter­back. From my stand­point, my job is get­ting open and get­ting my quar­ter­back a throw.”

Fight­ing fa­tigue.

Kubiak said af­ter Sun­day’s game at Jack­sonville that he sensed fa­tigue from his play­ers, com­ing off a five­quar­ter loss to Kansas City in a night game the pre­vi­ous Sun­day and a lengthy plane trip to Florida.

As they pre­pare for the Ti­tans, the Bron­cos will have a walk­through in the in­door field­house Wed­nes­day in­stead of full prac­tices to keep play­ers fresh.

“I’m look­ing at it,” he said. “We had come off a lot of foot­ball against Kansas City. We had a long trip. We played 85 plays on de­fense — a lot of foot­ball there. I think late in the year, you have to look at it week to week. That’s what I try to do.”

Foot­notes.

Ac­cord­ing to ESPN’s Adam Ca­plan, the Bron­cos worked out 12 play­ers Tues­day, in­clud­ing quar­ter­backs Sean Ren­free and T.J. Yates, run­ning backs Bernard Pierce and Zac Brooks, and wide re­ceiver Ke­shawn Martin. … Four more teams can clinch play­off berths this week. In one sce­nario, the Raiders can clinch with a vic­tory at Kansas City on Thurs­day and a Bron­cos loss on Sun­day. … New Bron­cos run­ning back Justin Forsett ar­rived in Colorado on Tues­day.

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