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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, 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.
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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,” 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.”
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”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.
SUNRISE, Fla. — As of Saturday morning, the Florida Panthers‘ long-shot hope of making the playoffs is still alive.
By the time they drop the puck Saturday night for their game against the Buffalo Sabres, that flame of hope may have already been extinguished.
The Panthers (42-30-8) need the host Philadelphia Flyers (96 points, four more than Florida) to lose in regulation to the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon. If that happens, then the Panthers would have to beat the Sabres, who have already clinched the worst record in the NHL.
If those two things go the Panthers’ way, they would then need to beat the host Boston Bruins on Sunday afternoon in the only game on the NHL schedule and on the final day of the regular season. Even with all that, the Panthers would then have to win a tiebreaker.
Do you have all that?
It’s a bit messy and not the way the Panthers would prefer things.
“It would be nice to control our own fate,” Panthers coach Bob Boughner said. “But we don’t have that luxury.
“Let’s just hope we’re in a situation Saturday when the puck drops that we’re in position to make the playoffs.”
The Panthers are also hoping that their best player, center Aleksander Barkov, will be healthy enough to play.
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It looked like Barkov, who earlier in the night scored his 100th career goal, sustained an upper-body injury, possibly to his ribcage, shoulder or elbow.
“I know the doctors are checking him,” Boughner said of Barkov, who scored his 27th goal of the season. “I don’t have any (information) right now, but it didn’t look great when he was coming off the ice.
“Talking to the ref, (it looked like Barkov) tried to turn away to shield the puck, and, at the same time, (Cave) was coming in on him. I don’t really want to make a comment on (the hit). Everybody’s playing hard at this time of year, finishing hits.
Hopefully, (Barkov) is all right.
With Thursday’s win, the Panthers tied their 1999-2000 team for the most home victories in franchise history.
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By the way, the Panthers are 3-0 against the Sabres this season, beating them 4-1 twice and also 4-2.
The Sabres, though, are not packing it in just yet. On Friday night, they put up a great fight in a 7-5 loss at the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Buffalo trailed 4-2 in the second period but scored three straight goals to take a 5-4 lead. Ultimately, the Sabres folded down the stretch.
The Sabres got goals from Casey Mittelstadt, Alexander Nylander, Jason Pominville, Jordan Nolan and Kyle Okposo. The goals by Mittelstadt and Nylander – Buffalo’s two most recent first-round picks — were the first in their NHL careers.
Even so, it was yet another defeat for the Sabres (25-44-12).
“It’s frustrating,” Sabres forward Jack Eichel told the media. “I thought we got maybe a little passive.”
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