We kicked off the day of pressers with Broncos HC Vic Fangio and ended the day with maligned GM John Elway -- over six hours separated the two scrums. While Vic was predictably tight-lipped for his 15 minutes, Elway gave a bunch of good nuggets over the 10 minutes he was available.
Let's dig into the early wave-maker of the NFL offseason, shall we?
QB Joe Flacco doesn't count as a rostered player yet -- new Ravens GM Eric DeCosta made that very clear during his presser in the middle of the morning -- so we'll focus on QB Case Keenum.
Elway told us that he had spoken with Case during the time of the Flacco trade, and made it clear to Keenum that he was willing to work with him and discuss different roles for him moving forward.
Beyond that, there isn't much Elway's merely circling back to. Matt Paradis, a strong starting center in the league, is a player he wants to see return to the Broncos -- but he's coming off of injury, and Elway wants to make sure they take that into account for any approaching deal.
But he was adamant that WR Emmanuel Sanders and DT Derek Wolfe will return to the team -- he's picking up the contract option for both players.
On the topic of Bradley Roby, the pending FA at corner, Elway was again clear: they're going to be looking elsewhere for their starter opposite Chris Harris. Fangio said as much as well, remarking that Roby will test the market, and they'll see what the degree of interest is in him.
Man, Elway did not pull a punch when talking about height at the QB position -- so for all of you interested in Kyler Murray as an option at QB for the Broncos, you can shake that notion quick.
While Elway admitted that shorter QB can find success, he quickly noted that shorter QBs "need to be in shotgun" so they can initially get a good view over the field -- if they drop from under center, they will struggle to see the full field and deal with internal pressure and throwing lanes.
Elway doesn't want to see an offense that tethered to the shotgun alignment -- he claims that it limits the running game and the "balance" you can achieve therein. Presumably, what he's talking about here is the ability to run in either direction, whereas shotgun alignments put the back offset to the side, and make it more difficult to obscure the direction of the back (when there's no running quarterback in the backfield).
This view cleanly overlooks the pistol alignment.
Fangio discussed how important having tacklers all over the field was to him -- which, when you consider Elway's love for this "deep" cornerback class, adds some intrigue to the Broncos' Top 10 pick. If the Broncos want to go CB at 10, they're likely looking at either Greedy Williams or Byron Murphy.
But both players have tackling weaknesses: Murphy because of his size, and Greedy because of his effort. While Fangio could see shades of Kyle Fuller, a stud in Chicago under Fangio, in Murphy's game, he will have to feel comfortable with Murphy's tackling ability to justify him at 10 overall.