News on the Broncos, Rockies, Avs, Nuggets, Rapids and a few national stories as well.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Colorado’s own Christian McCaffrey became a member of the 99 Club when the latest Madden ratings were released.
- ESPN’s Zach Lowe wrote about the 13 most fascinating lineups to watch during the NBA restart.
- And lastly, ESPN detailed one prospect for all 30 teams that could make a difference this season.