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Keith Brooking is starting for Woodyard tonight. Are you kidding me? Why?????

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I noticed that too. Not good...

Well what do ya know? Woodyard is in and instantly making plays all over the place. John Fox and JDR...you two are morons and deserve to lose this game.

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Was he benched the 1st quarter for any type of discipline we didn't know about?

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@JeneBramel: Fox said last week they'd rotate some. Expected Brooking on some base downs, but not this many.

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Briefly discussed this in my column last week. Brooking rotated in last week before hamstring injury limited him for most of the last three quarters. John Fox suggested they'd do more rotation this week. I thought it was worth watching his snaps and cautioned against using Woodyard (and Mays) as more than LB3s. Also noted possible rotation in every-down linebacker list. Surprising that rotation has been this heavy though.

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So Woodyard isnt an every down back going forward?

Or is he just rotating out in a small number of nickel and dime packages?

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Briefly discussed this in my column last week. Brooking rotated in last week before hamstring injury limited him for most of the last three quarters. John Fox suggested they'd do more rotation this week. I thought it was worth watching his snaps and cautioned against using Woodyard (and Mays) as more than LB3s. Also noted possible rotation in every-down linebacker list. Surprising that rotation has been this heavy though.

It will be really cool when/if DJ comes back. Maybe the only 3 down LB on the team will be Miller. A sucky 4 man rotation of Woodyard, Mays, Brooking, and DJ for us to deal with.

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Woodyard seems to be having some solid production for not being in all that much...

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Woodyard seems to be having some solid production for not being in all that much...

Woodyard played 89% of defensive snaps, Brooking played 11%, I don't think it is that big of a deal.Also keep in mind, Woodyard is the special teams Captain and plays a big role there, I imagine when covering a punt or kickoff, he may need a couple plays to catch his breath and judging by play counts that may add up here. He played 27% or 6 more plays on special teams which may have been kickoffs and punts.

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Wow I didnt think it was that much. Seems like 1st & 2nd downs all I saw was Brooking. What a sloppy game though. Now the question is, will he be a good start vs HOU? Since they like to pound the ball with 2 very good RBs will Brooking be in more?

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Wow I didnt think it was that much. Seems like 1st & 2nd downs all I saw was Brooking. What a sloppy game though. Now the question is, will he be a good start vs HOU? Since they like to pound the ball with 2 very good RBs will Brooking be in more?

This is what I noticed, as well. From what I could tell it was Mays/Brooking almost entirely in the 1st quarther and thereafter when it was an expected running down. Mays got injured for a series or two in the second half and Woodyard took his place. Woodyard played very well when he was in and showed good pursuit on both runs and passes. Brooking is mediocre at best and was slow (hamstring?) and missed tackles so have no idea why coaching staff would have him in that much.

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I was wrong about Woodyard's play count, I was looking at week 1 numbers, I thought the link in the other thread went to week 2, as it said "week 2 numbers are up", I assumed, which we all know is stupid.

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DJ Williams may not ever play another snap for the Broncos.

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FWIW, Norton has him highly ranked this week. He must not think Brooking is too much of a concern.

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FWIW, Norton has him highly ranked this week. He must not think Brooking is too much of a concern.

Saw that too. Personally, I'm not trusting the ranking given how they rotated in ATL but maybe we'll get more insight on the Audible or RTD.Seems it would be a weak matchup given the run-heavy HOU offense and unlikely HOU will be playing from behind.

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FWIW, Norton has him highly ranked this week. He must not think Brooking is too much of a concern.

it's still early.I haven't ever seen the rankings, or know what his routine is, but sometimes those type of things are fairly automated early in the week, then they comb through them later.that's a lot of guys to keep track of.unless you find something different from the team, and I doubt you will, I most certainly wouldn't trust woodyard at this point.

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Guy was still very productive given the rotation and Brooking looked absolutely putrid.

Hopefully Fox gets this one figured out.

Just give the kid a full time job and enjoy the results already Denver!

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Wow I didnt think it was that much. Seems like 1st & 2nd downs all I saw was Brooking. What a sloppy game though. Now the question is, will he be a good start vs HOU? Since they like to pound the ball with 2 very good RBs will Brooking be in more?

Unless being demoted for an 85 year old LB isn't a big deal.

DJ Williams may not ever play another snap for the Broncos.

That's why I picked up Woodyard again.

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Wow I didnt think it was that much. Seems like 1st & 2nd downs all I saw was Brooking. What a sloppy game though. Now the question is, will he be a good start vs HOU? Since they like to pound the ball with 2 very good RBs will Brooking be in more?

Unless being demoted for an 85 year old LB isn't a big deal.
not sure it's much of a demotion. Brooking was signed for a reason and hadn't played a down during the preseason. From everything I have seen/read the Broncos haven't viewed Woodyard as an every-down player. That said, it's Keith Brooking we are talking about. I am going to start Woodyard with confidence this week and I'll probably roll with him until he is taken out of the lineup. I think rookie Danny Trevathan may be as much a threat to Wood's PT as Williams. Williams may very well have played his last down as a Bronco. We'll see...

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You all rolling with him today?

It's DJ Smith, Barnett or him for me.

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You all rolling with him today?

I'm rolling with him today (although I am tentatively considering demoting him in favor of Miles Burris who will inherit nickle snaps if Rolando McClain is ruled out). :unsure:

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Well my only options are Von Miller/Hightower/Ingram. I picked up Jerrel Freeman and starting him over Von Miller.

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I thought Woodyard was going to be a sleeper but he's not panning out. :thumbdown:

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I thought Woodyard was going to be a sleeper but he's not panning out. :thumbdown:

Ok course not. John Fox has to play the (too) old vet in Brooking. Hopefully he hits the bench. I'm sure it will get muddier week 7 or 8 if/when DJ comes back

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I thought Woodyard was going to be a sleeper but he's not panning out. :thumbdown:

Ok course not. John Fox has to play the (too) old vet in Brooking. Hopefully he hits the bench. I'm sure it will get muddier week 7 or 8 if/when DJ comes back
http://m.nfl.com/news/0ap1000000077536/3 more games added to DJ Williams suspension.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos will be without linebacker D.J. Williams until mid-November after the NFL added three games to his suspension Friday. Williams, the team's leading tackler in four of the last five seasons, won't be eligible to return to the Broncos until Nov. 12.

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Traded for him today. :popcorn:

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I thought Woodyard was going to be a sleeper but he's not panning out. :thumbdown:

:hifive:

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I'll take my chances. Guy has been killing.

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Hey Jene, can you provide us with any information, updates, or thoughts about the Denver LBs this week? DJ is back now after the long wait. He restructured his contract, so I think both sides want the best for the team. Mays is gone, so do you think he will play MLB to fill the need (with Woodyard playing well at WLB) or do you see him being eased back in and not be worth lineup consideration for a little while?

This is a pretty big deal for those of us with Woodyard, DJ, or both of them. Does DJ stick it to Woodyard owners?

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I doubt they will reduce Woodyard's role. Why would anyone with a brain give DJ what Woodyard earned? I think Denver is smarter than that.

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I doubt they will reduce Woodyard's role. Why would anyone with a brain give DJ what Woodyard earned? I think Denver is smarter than that.

Stranger things have happened. It took several games and a Brooking concussion for Denver to start Woodyard and play him in base packages. Besides, DJ Williams earned what Woodyard has before Woodyard did. I see this potentially similar to the Indy Angerer/Freeman situation.

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