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, Colo. (AP) — showed off his strong right arm Tuesday as the Denver Broncos kicked off their three-day minicamp , throwing frozen ropes over the middle and deep passes down the sideline.“He looks like a Super Bowl MVP to me,” Von Miller said. “Today he had a play-action, rolled out to the right and threw the ball from the opposite 20 to the opposite 15. Now, I don’t know how far that is.”Sixty-five yards — and just out of wide receiver Brendan Langley’s reach.“He threw the ball far,” Miller said. “He can throw 80 yards, easy.”Another time, Flacco hit rookie tight end Noah Fant in stride for a 50-yard gain.Asked afterward how far he can still throw it, Flacco said, “I have no idea. I hope I don’t have to throw the ball too, too far. You want to get the ball out and throw it in rhythm. So, hopefully, 50 yards downfield and you won’t push it down much further than that.“But I would think that the air up here, you actually can get a few more yards further. I mean, I have no idea how far I can throw a ball up here. I haven’t really tried and I don’t really plan on going out there and trying to do it.”Well, he did it once.Back in the playoffs in 2012, he hit Jacoby Jones with a 70-yard touchdown throw in the final minute of regulation that sparked Baltimore’s stunning double-overtime win over Peyton Manning and the Broncos.“That gets pumped up,” Flacco said. “If you go back and look at that throw, it was only like 50 yards. It could have been more. Jacoby didn’t think the ball was coming to him. I was getting ready to wind up and fire it. Next thing you know I had to kind of take some off. I don’t think I threw the ball that far there. But, whatever you want to say, it sounds good.”What the Broncos want to get out of their three-day minicamp that caps their offseason program is confidence that Flacco can hit his targets all over the field, short, medium and long.The Broncos’ hopes of ending a three-year playoff drought rest on Flacco being the steady veteran they thought he was when they traded for him this offseason and not having to rush rookie Drew Lock.So far, coach Vic Fangio likes what he sees in Flacco.“He still has a big arm, the ball still comes out of his hand with a lot of liveliness to it,” Fangio said. “It’s a very catchable ball. I think the guys like playing with him. I’ve been happy with Joe.”Of course, Flacco flashed Tuesday during 7-on-7 drills and without the likes of Joey Bosa or Chris Jones bearing down on him. But his passing prowess is a welcome change after the Broncos quartet of Trevor Siemian Womens Noah Fant Jersey
, Brock Osweiler, Paxton Lynch and Case Keenum over the last three seasons.The key come September is keeping Flacco upright, and that’s why the Broncos are excited about the changes they’ve made up front, drafting LG Dalton Risner, signing RT Ja’Wuan James and hiring O-line coach Mike Munchak, who will try to fix LT Garett Bolles.When Manning visited the Broncos practice last week he mentioned how having Fangio as his defensive coordinator early in his career in Indianapolis made him a better quarterback because Fangio tried to win every practice.“There’s no doubt, you can see it, man,” Flacco said, suggesting Fangio still has a bit of that defensive coordinator in him as he transitions into being a head coach for the first time.“I think it’s a good thing. It creates that competition every day in practice,” Flacco said.Flacco said he was a bit awed by Manning’s visit.“I don’t really know Peyton that well. So, it’s still cool for me,” Flacco said. “He’s still a guy that I grew up watching play. Now, I’m on the same football field as him. So, I really don’t lose sight of that. Shoot, it’s Peyton Manning, I’m still watching him do Nationwide commercials, just like (everyone else). So, anytime I get a chance to talk with him it’s pretty neat.”Some of Flacco’s teammates have said similar things about how they grew up watching him, especially members of his exceptionally young receiving corps.Not that it makes Flacco feel old.“I forget. I think I’m 23, too,” Flacco said. “And it really does happen. I’ll be sitting in there and we’ll be shooting the breeze in the cafeteria or locker room or whatever and you really do forget, oh my God, these guys are 10 years younger than I am, at least some of them. It doesn’t really dawn on me. I really don’t see it that way. Everybody wants to talk about age. But in this sport it really doesn’t matter that much. It’s just about going out there and performing.” There is something ominous about a must-win game in Week Five.That’s where the Denver Broncos sit as they head east to face the New York Jets on Sunday. Yes, there’s that sense for the game, but also for what lies ahead; especially if Denver loses. After New York Womens Bradley Chubb Jersey
, in two of the next three games the Broncos host the Los Angeles Rams and are on the road for the Kansas City Chiefs.As Adam Malnati and I talked about on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, if Denver (2-2) gets back on track against the Jets (1-3), it doesn’t guarantee squat, but it’s a heck of a lot better than the alternative. If the Broncos lose, they’re staring down a four-game losing streak, and, in the best case scenario, will win one of six games. Not to compound that ominous sentiment, but Denver’s lack of success on the road doesn’t help. In the last six games played in the East Coast, the Broncos are 1-5. Overall, in the last nine road games they’re 1-8 and 4-13 in the last 17. Buckle up, Broncos Country.Offensive RankingsDenver: Thirteenth in overall offense (383.3 yards), third in rushing (148.3), 19th in passing (235.0) and 25th in points (21.0).New York Jets: Twenty-ninth in overall offense (289.3 yards), tied for 25th in rushing (88.0), 27th in passing (201.3) and 21st in points (22.3).Defense RankingsDenver: Seventeenth in overall defense (366.8 yards), eighth in rushing (93.8), 20th in passing (273.0) and 17th in points (24.3).New York Jets: Thirteenth in overall defense (355.5 yards), 16th in rushing (108.3), 14th in passing (247.3) and 13th in points (22.3).Here are our keys to the game. Run. The. Damn. Ball If you read MHR after the loss to the Chiefs, it seemed all of our stories hammered Bill Musgrave for the lack of running game, play calling and whom he had on the field in key situations. There’s a reason for that — the Broncos offensive coordinator played a major role in their loss. For the life of me, over two days later, I still can’t wrap my head around calling 22 run plays and rookie Royce Freeman gets only eight. Eight freaking carries for a guy Kansas City still hasn’t tackled. And he wasn’t on the field in the most crucial drive of the game midway through the fourth quarter. That has to change on Sunday. As the stats show, it’s what Denver does well and the Jets can’t stop. Run the damn ball, and get Freeman 15-20 carries. — Ian St. Clair Take advantage of matchups Sign up for FanPulse, our weekly Broncos survey.When the Broncos do pass Womens John Elway Jersey
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