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Friday, July 17 roundup

News on the Broncos, Rockies, Avs, Nuggets, Rapids and a few national stories as well.

Rockies

  • The Athletic has a story about what might have with relievers Brian Shaw and Jake McGee this season. Both pitchers have contract options built into their contracts that would activate if they pitch a certain number of games this season.
    If Shaw pitches in 15 games this season his contract for next year will become a player option at $9 million. McGee needs to pitch in 24 games this season for the same thing to happen.
    If neither pitcher reaches their respective number the Rockies could buy them out for $2 million each.
    My thoughts: Here’s hoping the Rockies don’t compound previous mistakes by allowing either pitcher to reach those marks this season.
  • Meanwhile The Denver Post wrote about left-hander Ryan Rolison and the fact that he’s had an impressive summer camp so far.
    Rolison was Colorado’s first-round pick back in 2018 and is now 23-years-old. Despite how he’s looked so far it’s not expected that he’ll be with the Rockies this year, partly due to the fact that he hasn’t pitched above Class-A. Manager Bud Black did leave the door open though that you never know what might happen, especially in such an unusual season as this one likely will be.
    My thoughts: I think this might be the perfect season to give a younger guy a shot. With expanded rosters and so many games in such a small window see what Rolison can do.
    I’ve never been a believer in going super slow with players. If they struggle then by all means send them down and allow them to work on what the need to. But a lot of the time I think allowing them to see what it’s like at the highest level gives them that experience and knowledge that they can’t get any other way.

Broncos

  • TheDNVR.com wrote about initial expectations for first-round pick Jerry Jeudy.
    My thoughts: As I was reading the article I came to the part where they gave a prediction for his stat line for a full 16-game season. They predicted 63 catches, 950 yards and 8 touchdowns.
    My initial reaction was, that would be great and I really like Jeudy, but that might be asking for a lot from him as a rookie. Then it was pointed out that those are the numbers that Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley — all first-round picks out of Alabama under Nick Saban have averaged as rookies.
    So, suddenly that feels much more doable. Personally, my biggest question has more to do with quarterback Drew Lock this season than it does Jeudy. Receivers oftentimes have a tough time their first year or two in the league, but that’s been going away more and more as the NFL becomes more and more of a passing league. Combine that with Jeudy’s superior route-running ability and really, the only issue is how good is Lock going to be this season.
  • The Denver Post had a fun story that if kicker Brandon McManus breaks the record for the longest field goal in NFL history this season the city of Denver gets a free beer.
    The deal is part of a partnership with Bud Light.
  • The Athletic also had an in-depth breakdown of the Broncos as a whole heading into the 2020 season.

Avalanche

  • Colorado got a taste of what it’s going to be like playing in an empty arena as they scrimmaged at the Pepsi Center.
    My thoughts: Obviously all sports at the professional level are going to be different without fans, but I think it’s being overblown how big of an impact it will have, at least when it comes to the NHL and NBA.
    The main reason is because those sports are entering the postseason. There’s no doubt that playing without fans during the doldrums of a season could be problematic, and we’ll probably see some of that late in the MLB season when you have two teams out of the playoff chase in September. But when it comes to team battling for a title I simply don’t believe a lack of fans will be that big of a deal.
    Having said that it will definitely negate whatever advantage the team with home ice, or court, would have had. But look no further than the Avs and Nuggets records last year at home and on the road in the playoffs. The Nuggets lost three home playoff games, including a Game 7, last year. While the Avs lost just one, but won on the road three times.
  • The Athletic broke down who has the inside track of being the Avs 12th forward, Tyson Jost or Matt Nieto.

Nuggets

  • TheDNVR.com wrote about how Denver is dealing with the strange conditions inside the NBA bubble.
  • The Denver Post focused on what rookie Bol Bol could bring to the table if he’s forced into action.
    My thoughts: Bol is super exciting because he’s 7-foot-2 and has such a unique skillset. Having said that it’s just tough thinking he can come in and contribute anything meaningful with so little experience.
    There’s no question though it’s hard to not get excited about the prospect of what the Nuggets could do over the course of the next few seasons if they were able to add Bol and Michael Porter, Jr. into the mix.
  • The Post also wrote about what Altitude’s TV coverage will look like.

Rapids

The Rapids take on Sporting Kansas City tonight coming off a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake in the opening game of the MLS is Back Tournament. Colorado is looking to get three points against one of the better teams year-in, year-out in the MLS.

The game starts at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2.

Buffaloes

Despite what can only be described as a tumultuous offseason, the Buffs are doing their best to stay focused and get ready for the 2020 football season.

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Thursday, July 16 roundup

Here’s a look at the latest with Colorado teams as well as few national stories.

Broncos

Justin Simmons became the first player since John Elway took over as general manager to be franchise tagged and then not reach a contract agreement with the team. As a result he’ll play under the franchise tag this season, meaning he’ll earn $11.441 million. Read more about the deal from The Denver Post and TheDNVR.

With the state of the world right now it makes sense that the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement. And even strictly football-only I think it makes sense for both sides to revisit contract negotiations after this season, assuming there is one.

There’s no question Simmons is a really good player, I’m just not sure he’s enough of a game changer to warrant being one of the highest paid players on the field. In order for that to be the case I need to see more plays that actually, change the outcome of a game. When Von Miller was in his prime you saw that, when former safety Ed Reed was at the top of his game you saw that. But as of yet I see a really good, but not necessarily great play out of Simmons.

Avalanche

The Avs are one of the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup, assuming the playoffs manage to start and finish due to COVID-19. Free-agent signee Joonas Donskoi is one of the reasons. And it’s not just people outside the Avs locker room who believe they have a chance to win it all this year.

I honestly have no clue what to expect from the Avs when play resumes. They’ll likely be the healthiest they’ve been all season, so their offense should be fun to watch. But I just don’t know what to expect from their goalies. And a hockey series can be won or lost by a team’s net-minder.

It’s fun to imagine how exciting it could be watching the Nuggets, Avs and Rockies all in action in August though … assuming that is you have DirecTV and not Comcast or DISH.

Nuggets

Denver’s Jerami Grant used his press conference on Wednesday to shine as much light as possible on the death of Breonna Taylor and the fact that the police officers who shot and killed her are still free.

As the Denver Post story references, Grant is one of the few Nuggets players who will not be wearing a message on the back of his jersey because he believes those messages are largely symbolic.

Head coach Michael Malone thought it was great what Grant used his press conference for and I couldn’t agree more.

Rockies

The Denver Post story today was about the Rockies having a wealth of depth at catcher going into this season. I hope I’m wrong, but I just don’t buy it.

Tony Wolters is more than adequate, but I wouldn’t put him in the upper echelon of starting catchers in the game. Colorado’s pitchers trust him and his defense is good though, so I have no problem with him as the starter, but after that I have questions.

Between Drew Butera, Elias Diaz and Dom Nunez I’m not sure there’s a lot there. Over the course of a 162-game season maybe one of them emerges as a solid No. 2, maybe not. But this year especially there’s no time to try and figure out who the right guy is.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens at the catching position throughout baseball with so 60 games being played in the middle of summer in such a tight window. Even if Wolters can play 40 games, that still leave a third of the season with a subpar catcher for the Rockies and if they were to miss out on the playoffs by a few games that could end up being the difference.

Rapids

Don’t forget the Rapids next match in the MLS is Back Tournament is Friday night vs. Sporting Kansas City.

The match starts at 6 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes with radio coverage on Altitude 92.5 FM.

Colorado dropped its first match of the tournament 2-0 against Real Salt Lake.

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Wednesday, July 15 roundup

Here’s a look at what’s going on with Colorado sports.

Rockies

Avalanche

Nuggets

Broncos