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Its easy to forget that Adam Gase has only been the Broncos
offensive coordinator for one season.
Following two years apiece coaching Denvers wide receivers
and quarterbacks, Gase took the reins of the offense last
offseason when Mike McCoy coordinator for three years
departed to be the Chargers head coach.
After the Broncos lit up the scoreboard at a record pace in
2013, that transition seems like it was ages ago. But even with
last years unprecedented production, Gase and Co. are just
trying to improve in year two of his system.
Its not going to be easy, Gase said during OTAs. Our
expectations are so high. Youve got to work hard to make sure
we can get better than we were last year.

POINTS OF EMPHASIS
Gase has targeted areas to focus on this season, including
reducing turnovers and sharpening execution in two-minute
and red-zone situations.
The Broncos fumbled 49 times (tied for fifth-most in the
league) in the past two seasons and lost 30 (third-most). They
also had eight fumbles in four playoff games over that span,
losing three.

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Demaryius Thomas. Wes Welker went a step further in praising


his new teammate, saying during OTAs that Sanders is not only
quick and fast hes got that suddenness.
He can really get off the ball and get going and make a lot of
plays, Welker said. I think even our DBs have trouble with really
coming off the ball and trying to adjust to him.
Its a different kind of dimension for us, Gase said of Sanders
in early June. I think weve got a group of guys; every guy brings
a little different element to our passing game.
Another of those elements arrived via the second round of the
NFL Draft when the Broncos grabbed receiver Cody Latimer at
No. 56 overall out of Indiana. Besides his blocking which Gase
called unbelievable on tape the coaching staff likes Latimers
ability to come down with the ball on contested throws. Even as
a rookie with a wealth of options ahead of him, that skill could
earn Latimer reps when the team is in scoring range.
Thats a dimension that were always looking to improve on,
especially in the low-red area, Gase said. That was probably
one part of our red-area game we struggled on, where we
probably kicked too many field goals inside the 5[-yard line].
Both new targets have worked overtime with Manning after

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I talked about it a lot last year and we kept putting the ball on
the ground, Gase said. Were starting it right now. We need to
improve on that. We need to be a better turnover-margin team
and it starts with us.
Gase also would like to tweak how he handles certain
situations.
Going back and looking at our two-minute, theres a lot of
calls which I wish I could have had back there, he said. We
kicked a lot of field goals and a lot of people probably say well
you scored a lot of red-zone points, but we left a lot out there.
Though Denver led the NFL in red-zone touchdown
percentage (76 percent), they kicked 13 field goals when the line
of scrimmage was inside the 20-yard line, including three when
the ball was on the 1. The offense stalled in the red area more
frequently as the year went along, with 10 of the 13 red-zone
field goals coming after Week 9.
You go through a season like that and youre going to nitpick
a little bit and figure out what we did wrong and see what we can
improve on, Gase said during rookie camp.

NEW WEAPONS
The team also hopes to expand its attack with its new
personnel, namely former Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
An inside and outside threat who will help replace Eric Decker,
Sanders is quick and fast at the same time, according to
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practice to establish chemistry and timing, and Sanders joined


other Broncos receivers and No. 18 for a workout at Duke
University in April.
Its just putting that work in and you kind of have it in the bank
and it just pays off, Manning said during minicamp. Thats why
we do our little off campus workout down there at Duke.
The more you know where a receivers going to be, the more
accurate you are and I think the more velocity you can have on a
pass if you know where hes going.

IN-HOUSE IMPROVEMENT
Beyond new additions and emphasizing last years weak
points, the offense could actually see plenty of growth come
from within.
For starters, theyll get Ryan Clady who Manning called the
top left tackle out there back from an injury that forced him to
injured reserve after Week 2.
Additionally, Orlando Franklins move to left guard returns
him to a position he played in college and could maximize his
physicality, while also making way for tested veteran Chris Clark
to start at right tackle. If things gel, the line could potentially be
better than the unit that allowed just 18 sacks in 2013.
Elsewhere, two returning weapons have reason to expect more
production this season.
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None of us think weve achieved the


most we can. We know that we can
come back and even be a better offense.
We just have to push each other, stay
motivated, stay together. - Julius Thomas
Though the teams leader in yards from scrimmage, Knowshon
Moreno, left for Miami, the team expects second-year back
Montee Ball to be a breakout starter. Ball who Gase says brings
the full package of skills to the position showed that ability
late last year, outrushing Moreno (297-214) in the final five games
of the regular season despite receiving fewer carries (45-54).
Hed probably be the one guy where he made the most
improvement, Gase said of Balls strong finish to 2013. And to
see him make the next jump in his second year, were looking
forward to that.
Imagine where I would have been at, at the end of the year
last year, if I started fast, Ball said during OTAs. So thats what
Im doing this year: starting fast and keeping it going every
week.
Julius Thomas had it going every week last year with a
breakout Pro Bowl campaign, but he expects to build more on
what was his first healthy season in the pros. As he picks up
the intricacies of the passing game, he sees ample room
for growth as a blocker, at which he said he was close
to that above average range during OTAs.
I hold myself to a very high standard,
Thomas said during OTAs. Im spending a lot
of time going back and looking at last years
tape these last couple weeks and just seeing
so many areas that I can improve in.
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By no standards was I my best in any aspect of the game.


Thats whats really exciting about these offseason OTAs for me
is I really get a chance to work on things and improve.
Defenses will be shaking in their boots if Thomas can be a
better player than the one who racked up 788 yards and 12
touchdowns in 14 games last season. Theyll be even more
terrified if the Broncos entire offense can exceed last years
performance, which players and coaches are diligently working
to do.
Weve seen the tape, Thomas said. Weve seen how much
we left out there. And I think we have that motivation to go out
there and even be better.
None of us think weve achieved the most we
can. We know that we can come back and even
be a better offense. We just have to push each
other, stay motivated, stay together.
You just dont go out and go a step
further because you went that far last year,
Manning said during minicamp. Its why
we did get that far last year. Its because
we put a lot of hard work in and we had a
great offseason and a great training camp.
Were off to a start that way as well but we
have to go out and do it again, and then try
to find a way to finish it.