All Grown Up: Broncos in the NFL, Week 13

Alright Bronco fans, the moment most of us have been dreading all season long is just one dominating game over a 6-6 Pac-12 team that we shouldn't be playing away. We'll have to say goodbye to perhaps the most remarkable senior class Boise State has known, and many of them will move on to become features in All Grown Up. /tears

But in the meantime, we still have the rest of this NFL season ahead of us. I'll be quite honest, I'm excited looking forward to see what the incoming rookie class of Boise State'ers will do in the NFL. I think there is a chance a few of them will be quite successful. This week though in the NFL saw perhaps the best performance out of all the weeks in the NFL for our Broncos. Let's recap what happened...

Richie Brockel, TE/FB/ST, Carolina Panthers



Richie played sparingly in Carolina's 39-19 win over Tampa Bay. Although he only has once reception for five yards on the season, that's not to say that the Panthers don't look highly on him. Quite the opposite in fact. A short quote in this article talks a little tiny bit about Richie: "The Panthers like what they've seen out from rookie Richie Brockel, who is a combination fullback/tight end/special teams player. Because the Panthers don't use the fullback much in their scheme they allowed Jerome Felton to walk, figuring Brockel could handle the limited reps." Not bad for a rookie to beat out a veteran for a roster spot.

Chris Carr, CB, Baltimore Ravens



Chris was ruled out of playing yesterday due to a back problem that has been bothering him the past couple of weeks. This was his second game in a row that he missed. The Ravens beat Cleveland 24-10 without him. Hopefully he will heal up and be on the playing field next week.

Ryan Clady, LT, Denver Broncos



Clady and the Broncos played this week against Minnesota, and, drum roll please, they won again! Holy geez, what is the world coming to? Tebow has led the Broncos to six wins and only one loss and they are all happy as can be in Denver. Ryan had his hands full this week against former Idaho State Bengal Jared Allen. He spent all week preparing for it though, with a defensive lineman on his own team who isn't too bad, Elvis Dumervil. One of the premier defensive ends in the league, Allen managed three tackles, a sack, and one of his tackles was for a safety in the endzone. But, in the second half, Ryan held Allen in check for no tackles. Not many left tackles can go a whole game and shut down the likes of Jared Allen. It doesn't get any easier for him next week though, as the Bears travel to Invesco, bringing with them Superfreak himself, Julius Peppers. Check back here next week to see how he fared.

Daryn Colledge, LG, Arizona Cardinals



As an update to his previous game against St. Louis, where Beanie Wells set a franchise record in rushing yards, Colledge was named the "Unsung Hero of the Week" by Pro Football Focus, a blog "focusing" on the many different statistics NFL players generate. "Here though, he looked backed to his 2008 best, giving up nothing in pass protection and making a very good player in James Laurinaitis look particularly poor."
This week was a different story for Daryn though. While the Cardinals got the win over Dallas, offensive line play, including Daryn's was a liability at times. He had a false start and a holding penalty go against him.

Quintin Mikell, FS, St. Louis Rams



The Rams lost this week to the 49ers, 26-0. The 9ers were intent on locking up the division in convincing fashion, and they did just that. The Rams meanwhile fall to 2-10 on the season. Quintin had three tackles in the loss to St. Louis and a pass defended. Here is a quick shot from (his previous team) talking a little about the difficulty of transitioning from a special teams contributor to a solid starting player, a job that Mikell did very well when he was with the Iggles.

Legedu Naanee, WR, Carolina Panthers



Naanee had a big week this week. Not only did he finally get his first TD grab this season, but he also had a nice 27 yard pass to Cam Newton on a trickeration play that serves to remind everyone, once a Bronco, always a Bronco! Here is video of his TD reception, a very good catch in coverage:

and his pass to Newton. Almost a TD Cam! Lower that shoulder and get it in there!:

Legedu had 2 receptions for 38 yards and a score, putting his receiving total for the year up to 38 receptions for 410 yards and a TD.

Austin Pettis, WR, St. Louis Rams



Again, the Rams lost this week to the 49ers, in blowout fashion. Austin had three receptions this game, going for 33 yards. He also had a rushing attempt, but it was stuffed in the backfield, losing six. Starting QB Sam Bradford was nursing an ankle injury though, so Pettis had backup AJ Feely tossing the ball around to him. Helps to have your starting QB in there.

Orlando Scandrick, CB, Dallas Cowboys



In this weeks 19-13 loss to Arizona, Orlando had 3 tackles and a pass defended. He also had two game changing block in the back penalties go against him on one play, a Dez Bryant punt return that went for 35 yards and set the Cowboys up for good field position on the last drive of the game to try and win it. Instead, because of the two penalties called against him, the Cowboys were not able to drive the length of the field to get the win. Orlando did not agree with the penalties, but to that I respond, "You block a guy in the back, what did you expect?" Orlando now has 33 tackles on the season.

Winston Venable, SS, Chicago Bears



Winston had one special teams tackle for the Bears this week. The bigger news though, is that the NFL is going to let the fine for his illegal hit in a preseason game. The fine, $20,000, was upheld because Winston was signed to the active roster and not onto the practice squad. Winston makes $22,000 a week, so this fine is essentially taking away a week's worth of pay out of his pocket. Being an undrafted free agent that doesn't make a whole bunch of money, I am on his side in saying that the fine should have been reduced to something more proportional to what he makes. When you have Ndamukong Suh stomping on players and driving their helmets to the ground, but making the millions upon millions he is making, a fine is nothing at all to him. Venable had this to say on the matter, "Being a rookie, and for the amount of money that I make, $20,000 is pretty steep."

Kyle Wilson, CB, New York Jets



Another week, and another solid outing for Kyle Wilson. This week he notches his second interception of the season, this time against Rex Grossman of the Redskins. The pick came at the end of the game, as New York came out of Washington with a 34-19 win. Gang Green Nation had this to say about Wilson's performance against the 'Skins: "One of the biggest differences in this team this year is the rock solid third corner Wilson has become. Kyle had another excellent game in coverage as Washington receivers only had 77 combined yards."

Titus Young, WR, Detroit Lions



Detroit lost this week to New Orleans, but Titus had a decent outing. He had two catches for 60 yards, a 30 yard average per reception. He also had one rush for 11 yards. He did have a unnecessary roughness penalty called against him though, putting a damper on his on the field performance. It cost the Lions a potential touchdown instead of the field goal that they got out of the situation. Jim Schwartz, Lions head coach, isn't willing to throw Titus under the bus because of this though. He says that Titus did receive less playing time after the penalty and that he will have to learn from it and play smarter.

Korey Hall of the Saints got some special teams playing time this week. Jeron Johnson of the Seahawks was inactive.

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