"I had a great week of practice and each week I've been trying to get the game to be a little bit slower. So this week, the game was definitely a lot slower for me," Ogletree said after starring in St. Louis' 27-26 loss to Denver in a preseason game Saturday night.
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Wrapped up by Cortland Finnegan, Hillman turned his back to his tackler, exposing the ball. Ogletree ripped it from his arms, scooped it up and trotted 13 yards for the score one week after Hillman's fumble at the goal line was returned 106 yards for a touchdown in Seattle.
So did Manning, but the whistle wasn't blown.
"They didn't call it, so I guess that wasn't the call," Manning said. "It wasn't an easy play by any means when they hold you up. It's not the most ideal position to be in. So, good play by them and Ronnie will learn from it and I think he'll be better for it."
"I'm not sure I wouldn't have thrown that 99 times out of 100," Manning said. "That guy made a pretty athletic play. That guy's got long arms, obviously got a pretty wide wingspan. I was surprised he was able to get his hands on the ball."
Ogletree also had a half-dozen tackles and two pass breakups in his breakout preseason performance.
The backups played through a driving rain in the second half, Lance Ball's 5-yard TD run with 3:43 left proving the difference.
Despite Manning's gaudy statistics, big blunders by the backfield and special teams hurt the Broncos.
"I got too antsy. I smelled the end zone and I took my eyes off it for a second to find the defenders," Ball said. "But you've got to catch the football first."
Ball's 1-yard TD run against backups in the third quarter made it 20-17.
Ever the pragmatist, Manning donned his helmet and glove on his right hand and threw several passes on the sideline during a driving rain in the fourth quarter.
"No, he had no intentions of going in," Fox said. "He was just practicing his wet-ball mechanics."
Von Miller, the Broncos' All-Pro linebacker who is facing a long suspension for violating the NFL's drug-abuse policy, played at defensive end the entire first half, and Fox plans on playing next week, too, when most of the starters sit.
"The league suspended him six games," Fox said. "I wasn't going to suspend him for eight."
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