CUTLER, MIKE BELL MOVE UP ...
Monday morning meant some massive changes as the Broncos reconvened following a day off.
Mike Bell became the first-team running back, working his way ahead of incumbents Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne, who rank second and third on the depth chart, respectively. Jay Cutler, meanwhile, worked his way up to the second-team slot at quarterback, with Bradlee Van Pelt dropping to No. 3.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan and assistant head coach Mike Heimerdinger said the Cutler move was designed in part to help him get more work against the first team; as the third-stringer, he works against the No. 3 defense in "move-the-ball" work at the close of each practice. Now, he'll lead the No. 2 offense against the first-team defense of Al Wilson, Champ Bailey, John Lynch and others.
Mike Bell, meanwhile, was judged to have outplayed his more experienced foes. Dayne admitted after practice Monday that he wouldn't have been surprised if Bell had moved up, and indeed, the news shared with the team at a Sunday night meeting proved that to be the case.
More to come as I comb through quotes from Dayne, Cutler, Van Pelt, Mike Bell, Shanahan and Heimerdinger regarding the day's changes.
*** Posted at 11:22 a.m. MDT ***
An UFA is starting?? I lived in Tucson, so I love it when a Zona player does well, but come on. How bad does this mean Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne suck. Maybe they will offer us something for Duckett.