C.J. Anderson hears the gripes of fans who are frustrated at the Broncos’ longest losing streak in 50 years. He sees the vitriol pouring daily across social media.
The veteran running back’s reply: Nobody is more angry amid an eight-game losing streak than the players in the locker room.
“We are all sick and tired of losing,” Anderson said. “I don’t know if y’all understand how much losing bothers people. Y’all are not in it, so y’all don’t feel it. It’s like going to a job every day and it (stinks). It just (stinks). You’re talking to other players around the league and you’re seeing fun celebrations that you never got a chance to do. It just (stinks).”
Players are so eager to taste victory, Anderson said, that beating the 5-7 Jets would “feel like a playoff win” for the 3-9 Broncos.
“We might dump the Gatorade on (coach Vance Joseph),” he said. “We haven’t won in two months. We haven’t won in 60 days. A win would just be good. It would be good, confidence-wise. It would be good in the locker room, just playing a clean game of football. That’s what we’ve been asking all season: Can we play just one game of clean football?”
Anderson said Wednesday he’s still determined to hit 1,000 yards rushing this season. To hit that mark, Anderson would need to average 87 yards per game over the final four contests of the season. His current career best his 849 yards during his Pro Bowl season in 2014.
Injury report. Offensive guard Ron Leary and nose tackle Domata Peko were among six Broncos players who sat out Wednesday’s practice.
Leary (back) and Peko (knee) both missed Sunday’s games in Miami due to their injuries. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), linebacker Joe Jones (Achilles), running back Jamal Charles (rest) and quarterback Paxton Lynch (knee), who has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets, were the others who did not practice.
Joseph said Jones’ Achilles injury is not serious. Linebacker Todd Davis (ankle) and running back DeAngelo Henderson (personal matter) were limited in Wednesday’s practice.
Praise for McGovern. Connor McGovern started at right guard against the Dolphins in place of the injured Leary and was presented a massive challenge in blocking all-pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
But McGovern held his own in the first start of his NFL career.
“I’ll tell you what, he battled,” Joseph said. “That’s a tough guy to play against in your first start in Suh. The first couple of series, he kind of felt his way through it, but as the game went on, he got more comfortable. He graded out (well) against an all-pro player, a veteran player who has played a lot of football. I was proud of ‘Mac’ and how he played against Suh.”
McGovern will make his second straight start Sunday if Leary is unable to return.
Scouting McCown. The Jets are somewhat of a surprise at 5-7 this season. Many expected New York to be competing for the No. 1 pick on the 2018 NFL draft. Instead, they enter Week 14 on the far edge of the playoff race.
Their relative success has been tied to the right arm of a 38-year-old quarterback. Josh McCown has been among the league’s most efficient passers. He leads the league in third-down completion percentage (70.8) and has eclipsed a quarterback rating of 100 in eight of his 12 starts. He’s closing in on 3,000 yards and has thrown 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions. He also rushed for two of his team-leading five touchdowns in a comeback victory over the Chiefs on Sunday.
“He’s playing well,” Joseph said. “When you speak about a game manager, he’s doing that. Their running game was really good last week, but he is making good decisions with the football. Their quick game has been good and he’s also been hitting big plays. He’s playing well for them. As he’s played, they’ve won.”
Footnote. The Broncos worked out 10 players Tuesday, including quarterbacks Mitch Leidner and Wes Lunt. They also worked wide receivers Keyarris Garrett, Jordan Leslie, Josh Magee and Alonzo Moore; offensive guards Darrell Greene and Tre’ Jackson; and tight ends Colin Jeter and Beau Sandland.