Broncos expect 'good challenge' from 'top notch' 49ers

Broncos expect 'good challenge' from 'top notch' 49ers
August 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
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The 49ers lost to the Broncos 10-6 in their exhibition opener at Candlestick last year. (USATSI)

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The 49ers play their first game inside Levi's Stadium this Sunday against the Denver Broncos, and a number of Peyton Manning's teammates addressed the matchup after training camp practice on Friday.


On what the starters would like to accomplish Sunday vs. San Francisco
“Just play solid football and make sure they we have no mental errors—that we’re running the offense the right way and competing the way we need to compete to get ready for the games.”


On San Francisco’s Defense
“It’s a good challenge. Their defense is a top notch defense so it’s going to be a good challenge for us. The challenge is you’re not game planning as much right now so you’re just trying to go out and set a bar just trying to focus on your own techniques and fundamentals every play, which kind of makes the preseason fun in one way. You’re not spending so much time preparing every week. You’re just able to kind of go out and just try to set another bar. We set the bar at a decent spot last week and we want to try to improve on that this week.”


On what he’s looking for against the San Francisco 49ers
“We just want to continue to knock some of the rust off as far as game tempo and game situations and getting things like that done. Game speed. We’re not game planning or anything yet but just game-type situations.”

On facing 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense
“It’s going to be a similar situation to last week, with a mobile quarterback, good running backs, good receivers. So we’re just going to do what we do and we’re not going to change anything.”

On the focus for the second game
“Just to improve from what we did last week. Get out tempo, get our timing together. Tackling, I think we could have done a better job of last week. But that’s all going to have to do with experience. First preseason game you’re going to be a little bit rusty, so second game we’re just looking to get better.”

Denver Broncos media services contributed to this report