In 2012, the team that picked up Peyton Manning in free agency will face quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Carson Palmer, Tom Brady, and Philip Rivers.
All in the first six weeks of the season.
Then, it’s Drew Brees, Andy Dalton, Cam Newton, and Philip Rivers again.
So as the game tilts more toward passing and the Broncos’ schedule is skewed toward big-time quarterbacks, Broncos coach John Fox is looking to stock the shelves with plenty of cornerbacks.
“I don’t think you can ever have too many corners with a lot of the multiple receiver sets that you get — and we will get with the types of quarterbacks that we have on our schedule this year,” Fox said after Sunday’s rookie minicamp practice, via comments distributed by the team. “That was problematic for us a year ago and hopefully with some good competition we can fix that.”
The Broncos have signed Tracy Porter and Drayton Florence, parting ways with 2011 starter Andre’ Goodman.
The Broncos also added via round four of the draft cornerback Omar Bolden, who would have gone higher if he hadn’t torn an ACL last spring.
“I think he had a good camp,” Fox said of Bolden. “I thought he played well and he reacted to our install very well. He has good football awareness and football intelligence. It’s just a matter of learning to compete at this level at a consistent basis and I believe he can do that.”
Perhaps the best way to get all of the team’s defensive backs ready for the regular season will be to get some reps in practice against Peyton Manning, who if healthy is every bit as good if not better than every quarterback the Broncos will face this year.