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Stadium: Sports Authority Field | Coach: Gary Kubiak
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th111.6 (15th)291.3 (4th)
Defense3rd79.8 (2nd)225.4 (9th)

Broncos report: Notes, quotes

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Notes, quotes · Inside slant · Strategy and personnel
 

--Coach John Fox was asked at his introductory press conference the strengths of the current Denver roster. He didn't hesitate before answering receiver.

That talent is beginning to dwindle.

WR Eddie Royal had hip surgery that will require a lengthy rehab. And now comes news that 2010 first-round pick Demaryius Thomas is out 6-8 months after tearing his Achilles during a workout in Georgia.

"I have no doubt Demaryius will overcome this setback," Fox said in a statement. "He's proven he can handle adversity and will get through this."

Thomas has had constant foot problems since even before joining Denver, from broken bones to sprains. The talent flashed briefly last summer but he simply can't stay healthy to date, making some re-evaluate the decision to bypass Dez Bryant in favor of Thomas last April.

--There's no argument that Lloyd had a breakthrough season in 2011. He was one of the NFL's premier deep threats, coming out of nowhere to blunt the loss of Brandon Marshall via trade.

"I don't see my story as a miraculous comeback ... The remarkable thing about it is there was no hype, no hoopla, no marketing campaign or advertising about me. I made the Pro Bowl strictly from the respect of my peers."

So, how does Lloyd top his performance or even match it? Certainly there will be questions about whether he's a one-hit wonder after seven previous up-and-down seasons.

"I don't care. I don't care. I put my product out on the field and that's what it is and that's what I've always done," he said. "But I've walked my path. I've paid my dues. I've made the vet minimum. I've been benched. I've been a backup. I've done it all. There's always going to be doubters. But I approach this thing one day at a time, literally."

--General manager Brian Xanders said that retaining Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator was an easy decision, given his strong knowledge of several systems and previous relationship with Fox in Carolina.

Xanders sees the scheme evolving into a hybrid of the Panthers strong rushing attack and Josh McDaniels' powerful passing concepts.

"I think we'll have a good offense with balance that adjusts quickly to a defense and does a good job scoring points," he said.

--The Broncos finished the season with kicker Matt Prater on injured reserve after a strong season start. Replacement Steven Hauschka went 6 for 7 and hit all 10 extra points after his departure.

"Maybe we'll be competing in the offseason, who knows?" Prater said, adding he'd welcome the challenge. "I know when I'm kicking like I can, I don't think there's anybody that can beat me out. ... I don't think there's anyone that can kick as hard or as straight."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"The immediacy of it I think is really neat. If there's anything that gets out there that's not true, and that's really important because players are going to hear it and they may take it some way ... the ability to get the message correctly out there is what's so great about it." - John Elway, on his use of Twitter to release news to the public this offseason.

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