Broncos Marshall as brash as T.O.
ENGLEWOOD Similar size, similar game, similar say-anything attitude. Yeah, Brandon Marshall has heard the Terrell Owens comparisons.Like Owens, the Denver Broncos’ big, brash wide receiver isn’t one to shy away from the camera.Whether that means facing the media after his arrest for suspicion of DUI earlier this season or joining quarterback Jay Cutler on the podium for a press conference, Marshall isn’t afraid to talk.”I’m just going to tell it how it is. I’ll face the consequences,” Marshall said. “It’s not about being in front of the camera. I’m going to tell you how I feel and not think twice about it.”In his second season, Marshall leads the Broncos in receptions (51) and yards receiving (694), enough to place him in the top 15 in the league in both categories.Asked if the Broncos turned the corner after Sunday’s 27-11 win over the Chiefs, Marshall raised his eyebrows and grinned.”Let’s do it two weeks in a row and I’ll answer that question,” he said.Marshall seemingly came out of nowhere late last season to build a strong rapport with Cutler. And it’s clear the two have more than an on-field connection. Earlier this season, Marshall joined Cutler for a weekly press conference and answered questions as the quarterback’s “spokesman.””I’ve been in the paper and doing interviews since I was a little boy,” Marshall said. “It’s always been fun to me.””Everything I say, I feel that is right,” Marshall said. “If it’s the wrong thing to say then, oh well. That’s life. People are going to say the wrong things. That’s part of growing up. If I say the wrong thing, forgive me, I’m just like you guys.”
Javon Walker still can’t go full-speed at practice, but he’s getting there.The wide receiver hasn’t played since Week 3 because an injured right knee. He underwent surgery on the knee in mid-October.”I ran around a little bit today,” Walker said. “Whenever they feel comfortable for me to get out there and start practicing, that’s what I’m going to do.”Walker shined for the Broncos early in the season, catching 17 passes for 220 yards in the team’s first two games. His effectiveness was limited in the team’s third game of the season against Jacksonville, though, as he had only two catches for 10 yards. He hasn’t seen the field since.”It’s been a while,” Walker said. “You get tired of just watching football on TV and not being out there to participate.”Broncos coach Mike Shanahan hasn’t said whether Walker will be available for Monday night’s game against Tennessee.Walker isn’t counting himself out just yet.”I never said anything,” Walker said. “I’m going to take the time to do whatever the coaches need me to do. They just don’t want anything to be another setback.”
Kenny Peterson has been cut and signed by the Broncos four times this season. He’s hoping his latest move onto the Broncos roster will be the last one for a while.Peterson was re-signed by the Broncos Nov. 13.”Yeah, I’m just trying to get a better locker,” Peterson said.It’s been a wild season for the fifth-year defensive end, waiting and hoping for phone calls from Shanahan seeking his services.He was suspended in July for violating the league’s steroid policy. And was cut and re-signed on back-to-back days later that month.With the change in the defensive scheme, Shanahan thought Peterson might fit once again.”Kenny has a little bit more experience with what we’re doing now defensively,” Shanahan said. “We’re going to give him a shot.”That’s all Peterson wants.”The whole cliche of a roller-coaster ride? It’s been,” Peterson said. “I’ve just got to come in and do what I know how to do.”The Broncos changed their defensive front to a one-gap scheme. It fits Peterson’s talents closer than that of fellow defensive lineman Antwon Burton, Shanahan said. Burton was released the same day Peterson was signed.
RB Travis Henry didn’t practice on Wednesday. He’s nursing a sore left knee. Shanahan said he expected Henry to return to action on Thursday. … S John Lynch is also expected to test his neck Thursday when the Broncos go full-speed in practice. “We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “He said he’s ready to go. Hopefully there’s no setback when he does hit.”