CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4) – Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas wouldn’t have opposed the team signing controversial offensive guard Richie Incognito.
“I had no issues at all,” Thomas said on Thursday Night Football Blitz.
The Broncos worked out Incognito this week to see if he could patch a shaky offensive line that’s especially had difficulties in its interior lately. Incognito, a talented but lightning-rod lineman with the Miami Dolphins, was suspended last year for bullying a teammate. After his suspension was over, the Dolphins did not resign him.
“That was something that happened in Miami,” Thomas said. “There is nothing we can do about that. They say he got better so we worked him out to possibly give him a chance. As a grown man, if you get another chance and you already got kicked off a team for doing something bad, you’re going to take advantage of your last chance.”
Safety Rahim Moore said Incognito was dominant in the games he played against him and said the Broncos had their reasons for working out the lineman.
The Broncos said they wouldn’t sign Incognito now, but left open the possibility for later in the season. Moore said if that happens, Incognito would have to meld with the Broncos’ stand-up locker room and team philosophy.
“If comes in and we end up embracing him and welcoming him, I would tell him to get on the bandwagon. Because we’re rolling. We’re on a mission,” Moore said.
On Sunday, the Broncos defense needs to prepare for a different quarterback. The St. Louis Rams will start veteran Shaun Hill in place of second-year quarterback Austin Davis, who has started all but one game this year. Hill started the other.
“We were banking on Davis, but they’re going to do everything they can for the team to win the game. (Hill is) a veteran guy so we can definitely expect his best,” Moore said. “Let’s put it like this: He’s an NFL quarterback that you have to respect and you have to come ready to play for.”
The Broncos defense will be without linebacker Nate Irving, who will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
“He’s definitely one of our guys who has put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into our defense,” Moore said. “To see one of our guys go down who actually can’t play the rest of the season, it’s tough. I’ve been there before. I can definitely feel his pain.”
The Broncos signed rookie linebacker Todd Davis off waivers on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Broncos offense looks to continue the roll it started in Oakland. But the offensive line will be tested by a stout Rams front seven.
Thomas needs to collect two more consecutive 100-yard receiving games to match Calvin Johnson’s NFL record.
Is Thomas the best receiver in the NFL?
“I am putting him as No. 1,” Moore said. “I’m not saying that because he’s right here and we’re good friends. I’m going with 88. He’s getting the ball thrown to him by the greatest quarterback of all time. He has potential to be one of the greatest of all time.”
And now to a question with zero bearing on Sunday’s game: Which Broncos could dunk a basketball?
CBS4 sports anchor Vic Lombardi first offered Terrance Knighton.
“That’s a lot of weight going up and coming down,” Moore said, “but I do believe my man could do it.”
“I think he can,” Thomas said.
Next up: T.J. Ward.
“T.J. Ward, you cannot dunk whatsoever,” Moore said. “You can’t dunk. I’m sorry.”
“Peyton Manning cannot dunk,” Thomas said.
“Not at all,” Moore said.
“Can Peyton touch the rim?” Thomas asked. “He’s about 6-5, so maybe.”
– Written by Tim Skillern for CBSDenver.com
Watch more video with Demaryius Thomas and Rahim Moore in the Thursday Night Football Blitz section.
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