Run­ning backs

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

Starter C.J. An­der­son is ex­pected to play a max­i­mum of three se­ries and vet­eran Ja­maal Charles will not play at all, leav­ing the bulk of the reps to Ste­van Ri­d­ley, De’An­gelo Hen­der­son and Juwan Thomp­son. The run­ning back race is tight — and stacked — and these reps are crit­i­cal to cre­at­ing sep­a­ra­tion. Ri­d­ley has im­pressed since his ar­rival on Day 1 of camp. A strong show­ing in Chicago and the sub­se­quent pre­sea­son games will make for dif­fi­cult ros­ter de­ci­sions at run­ning back.

Fourth CB bat­tle

Rookie Bren­dan Lan­g­ley has an edge on pa­per, but his ex­pe­ri­ence at the po­si­tion is lim­ited. Lorenzo Doss has showed out in camp and con­tin­ues to vie for the fourth cor­ner­back job, a cov­eted and im­por­tant spot on the Bron­cos’ “No-Fly Zone” sec­ondary. “We just want to put those guys in po­si­tions where they are com­pet­ing against the other team’s bet­ter play­ers as well,” de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Joe Woods said. “We just want to make sure we ro­tate them in right now at the two po­si­tion. Give them a shot to go against some of the bet­ter re­ceivers. Right now, they’re bat­tling.”

O-line co­he­sion

Coach Vance Joseph and gen­eral man­ager John El­way have lauded the Bron­cos’ new-look of­fen­sive line. Thurs­day’s game will pro­vide lim­ited reps to the starters — tack­les Garett Bolles and Mene­lik Wat­son, and guards Max Gar­cia and Ron Leary — but it will be the first test of the group’s co­he­sion. Con­nor McGovern will start at cen­ter as Matt Par­adis takes it slow in re­turn­ing from two hip surg­eries.

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