A day after teeing it up with Tiger Woods Riley Reiff Jersey , Peyton Manning stopped by the Denver Broncos‘ on-field workout to check things out.
By the end, the five-time NFL MVP quarterback probably had the new playbook deciphered.
The schemes have been simplified by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and his staff. He wants QB Case Keenum and the rest of the players to be reacting, not thinking about terminology.
”We don’t want long-worded plays in the huddle,” Musgrave said Thursday as the coordinators met with the media. ”We’d love for guys to know it like the back of their hand and then they can cut it loose and play.”
So far, Musgrave likes what he sees out of Keenum, who’s taking all the reps with the No. 1 unit, unlike a year ago when Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian split time.
”Case is getting more concentrated work and it’s paying dividends,” Musgrave said.
Musgrave also spoke highly of Lynch as he competes with Chad Kelly for the backup job.
”Paxton’s learning more about football, learning more about defense, learning more about the way he can be effective at this level of football, which is completely different than college and a world apart from high school,” Musgrave said. ”Shoot, he had another good day today.”
Maybe it had something to do with No. 18 returning to the field. It’s been a busy few days for Manning Tony Gonzalez Jersey , who played golf with Woods the day before in a pro-am leading up to the Memorial in Ohio.
Manning wasn’t the only familiar face hanging around at the workout. Retired pass rusher DeMarcus Ware also was on hand and looking like he could still play.
It was a reunion of leaders who helped the Broncos to a win in Super Bowl 50 over Carolina.
”It was fun to have Peyton out there, and fun to have DeMarcus. Just made for a special day,” Musgrave said. ”The energy was great to begin with and when those two guys are on the field, everybody steps it up a notch.”
One thing’s for sure, this isn’t Manning’s offense. It’s abridged – for now.
”While a lot of football is X’s and O’s, and what are we doing, when are we doing it and why are we doing it, the crux of it is how do we do it?” Musgrave said. ”We’re training our players on how to execute these plays this spring, the technique and that’s where our focus is right now. We’ve got a system now and we’ll train them on how to be sound Denver Broncos and really execute those plays out on the field.”
New special teams coordinator Tom McMahon is taking a more mathematical approach with his schemes. Especially with the new kickoff rules aimed at making the high-speed play a bit safer and perhaps more exciting.
He talked in terms of geometry, hypotenuse and how the Broncos plan to heavily use a 12th defender – the sideline.
Right off the bat, McMahon is trying to establish a new culture especially after all the mistakes on special teams a season ago. The principles, he said, are not easy to pick up.
”The wording is Spanish to these guys Tony Jefferson Jersey ,” McMahon said. ”It’s new every single time you change coordinators.”
Defensive coordinator Joe Woods learned one valuable lesson coming off his first season running the show: It’s a different kind of pressure.
”For me, I had to learn to game-plan different,” Woods said. ”I feel better about it. I feel more at ease. I just feel more comfortable.”
He’s impressed with No. 5 pick Bradley Chubb, a player Woods is still a little surprised fell to the Broncos. He has some special packages in mind for his rushers that include Von Miller, Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett and Chubb.
”Dreams do come true,” Woods said of the pass rush possibilities.
Woods tried to recruit one more – Ware.
”I saw him around the corner and asked if he could play,” Woods cracked.
Taylor Hall couldn’t have picked a better time to get his first career short-handed goal.
Hall scored on a breakaway late in the third period to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday night.
The 26-year-old forward came out of the penalty box after serving a penalty for too many men – in which Montreal had a 5-on-3 advantage for 51 seconds – took a a pass from Travis Zajac and beat Carey Price on the blocker side with 4:07 remaining.
”I’m not much of a short-handed threat but it’s nice to get one there,” said Hall, who extended his point streak to eight games. ”Two minutes feeling shame and trying to think about what you’re going to do when you get out, and then you get a breakaway chance like that after a great kill by our guys.”
The goal was Hall’s fourth in his last three games and 37th on the season, giving him career highs in goals and points (89).
”You’re always thinking this is the time I’m going to get a breakaway out of the box,” Hall said. ”Usually you go in for a defensive zone shift and you’re hemmed in for a while. Just a great kill by our 5-on-3 group.”
Nico Hischier tied the score early in the third and Keith Kinkaid stopped 25 shots in his sixth consecutive start for the Devils. New Jersey increased its lead to seven points on Florida for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Devils Garrett Grayson Jersey , vying for their first trip to the postseason since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, have three games remaining – two fewer than the Panthers.
”We’re excited about it but it’s about our game,” Devils coach John Hynes said. ”You can’t get too wrapped up in those situations. We need to make sure that our focus level is our game, and where we’re going, and making sure we’re ready to continue to play.”
Daniel Carr scored for the Canadiens, who have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Carey Price finished with 30 saves while playing his 556th game with Montreal, pulling into a tie with Jacques Plante for most games by a goaltender in franchise history.
”It was a good performance from this team,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said. ”Price was very good. We battled hard and did some good things. It was a very physical game. It’s unfortunate because we played a good game but still found a way to lose.”
Hischier tied the score 1-1 just 26 seconds into the third. With his back to the goal, the top overall pick in last June’s NHL draft, got the blade of his stick on a shot from Sami Vatanen and deflected the puck past Price for his 19th.
Hischier, the only Devils player to dress for all 79 games this season, nearly gave New Jersey the lead on two occasions in the third. He was stopped by Price on a breakaway before hitting the post a minute later.
”Every single guy in here wanted this win,” Hischier said. ”A huge two points. At the end we just found a way. That’s all that matters at the end of the season Andre Holmes Jersey , to win games.”
Both teams were playing the second game of a back-to-back series. Montreal lost 5-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday while New Jersey beat the New York Islanders 4-3.
Carr scored a contentious goal with 9 seconds left in the first period to get the Canadiens on the scoreboard. With Montreal on a rush on a power play, Carr took a pass from Artturi Lehkonen in the slot and fired a slap shot, glove-side on Kinkaid, in the top corner of the net.
Hynes challenged for offside on the play, but the goal stood after a review. Defenseman Mike Reilly, playing his 100th NHL game, got an assist on Carr’s fifth of the season.
NOTES: The Canadiens finished 4-8-2 this season in the second game of a back-to-back. … Kerby Rychel, 23, recalled from Laval of the AHL on Friday, made his Montreal debut. … There was a moment of silence before the game for former Montreal Expos and MLB star Rusty Staub, who passed away Thursday.
Devils: Host the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
Canadiens: Host Winnipeg on Tuesday night.
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