QB Jake Plummer - Free Agent

6-2, 199Born: 12-19-1974College: Arizona StateDrafted: Round 2, pick

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2006 Week 1 vs STL (13 / 26 / 138 / 0 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Plummer had the kind of day most quarterbacks would like to forget, he threw three interceptions and lost a fumble that was recovered on the Denver three yard line by the Rams. He finished the game with 13 completions out of 26 attempts for 138 yards and no touchdowns. The Rams did an excellent job with disguising their blitz packages and got good pressure from their front four defensive linemen to make Plummer look uncomfortable in the pocket and force him into making mistakes. The Broncos had only 67 yards passing at the end of the first half and most of those came from their touchdown drive that ended the second quarter. Denver's passing game never really got on track in the second half as they faced many third and long situations that they were unable to convert into first downs. Plummer also had two interceptions in the fourth quarter, including one that ended a drive that had taken them to the St. Louis 28 yard line with 2:40 left in the game.

2006 Week 2 vs KC (16 / 30 / 173 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Plummer looked better than he did last week when he gave away the ball as he did in Week 1. Coach Shanahan appeared to simplify the game plan this week for Plummer. He did manage to avoid most mistakes while producing below average numbers. He was intercepted once, but did not make the serious errors he made last week. However he was unable to drive his team to a touchdown. The fans booed him many times during the game when the Broncos' drives would end up short. On one drive, the Denver offense had a first down at the Chiefs' one and had to settle for a field goal. There will continue to be calls for rookie Jay Cutler to be given a chance as the Denver quarterback, but Plummer's performance in this game should keep him as the number one quarterback in Denver for now.

2006 Week 3 vs NE (15 / 30 / 256 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)

With the Denver defense playing very well, Jake Plummer did enough to generate a win for the Broncos. Similar to the first two games this year, he completed just 50% of his passes but the difference was the lack of the big mistake. Plummer threw his first two touchdowns of the season and didn't record an interception. He probably silenced those calling for his head for another week or so with his performance against New England.

2006 Week 5 vs BAL (13 / 24 / 106 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 11 / 0 rush)

Plummer had a terrible first half, gaining six yards and throwing an interception. It was the lowest passing total in a half for Denver since Mike Shanahan became coach. The interception was Plummer's fault when he overthrew Javon Walker on the Broncos' second drive. Plummer was fortunate not to throw another interception on the following drive when Terrell Suggs almost made the play. Plummer's first pass of the second half went for an 11 yard gain to Rod Smith. On the second drive of the half, Plummer looked deep for Smith but underthrew the ball when Smith had a step on the defender. But things improved as the game went on. Plummer scrambled for 12 yards on third and three and fumbled the ball out of bounds. He then found Rod Smith again and led the team to a second field goal. On the Broncos' final possession, Plummer was able to complete a four yard touchdown pass to Rod Smith.

2006 Week 6 vs OAK (11 / 18 / 102 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 30 / 0 rush)

Plummer finished the game without a single turnover. He only threw 18 passes and completed 61% of them. Plummer's favorite targets were Javon Walker and Tatum Bell, who had six and five targets, respectively. He only had 102 yards passing, but contributed 30 yards on six rushes, although those numbers are a bit skewed by the two kneel downs he took at the end of the game. Plummer managed the game for the Broncos', and while he certainly didn't have a good statistical game, he led his team to a win.

2006 Week 7 vs CLE (20 / 41 / 209 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 10 / 0 rush)

Plummer finished with a 51.8 rating in the win as he completed just 49% of his passes for average of 5.1 yards per attempt with one touchdown and two interceptions. The Browns were able to get consistent pressure on him, forcing him to throw the ball on a number of occasions. The first interception bounced off his receivers hands, and couldn't really be attributed to him. Near the end of the first half, Plummer led the Broncos downfield, completing six out of nine passing attempts, setting up Tatum Bell's touchdown run. With talk that Jay Cutler might see time, Plummer seemed to do just enough to keep Cutler on the sideline. Plummer scrambled to gain eight yards and a first down in the third quarter.

2006 Week 8 vs IND (13 / 21 / 174 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 1 rush)

Plummer was effective, though not spectacular. He looked comfortable directing the offense, and made several nice throws on the run to his receivers. Plummer looked deep on a few occasions, and could have posted bigger numbers if he had not overthrown receivers who had broken open deep on a couple of occasions. He was very accurate on designed rollouts and seemed to be most comfortable with those plays. Plummer also executed running plays very well where his number was called. He showed nice moves in making defenders miss on a designed scramble for a first down, and hammered in from the one yard line for a touchdown run.

2006 Week 9 vs PIT (16 / 27 / 227 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)

With yesterday's performance, along with his Week 8 effort against Indianapolis, Plummer has erased most doubters on whether or not he can lead the Broncos offense. He got Denver moving fast with a four play, 63 yard drive, including a 38 yard fly pass to WR Javon Walker down the left sideline. Plummer capped it off with a 16 yards bullet to a leaping Rod Smith for a 7-0 lead. Plummer then hit Javon Walker on a fade route in the back of the end zone on third and ten (he tried the same play on second and ten). Plummer and Walker had a similar connection in the fourth quarter on another fade pass for a ten yards score. He found Walker again for 61 yards on a pump fake, stop and go fly pattern that set up a late field goal to preserve the victory. Plummer took several other shots downfield proving he has the arm, the touch and the confidence of his coach to lead the Broncos. One of his deep balls was nearly intercepted, but the defender lost control as he stepped out of bounds.

2006 Week 10 vs OAK (20 / 31 / 210 / 2 / 3 pass, 6 / 6 / 0 rush)

Plummer went back to his old ways in Week 10, forcing throws and turning the ball over. After three weeks of no interceptions, Plummer threw three Sunday. Plummer looked terrible in the first quarter, completing just one of seven attempts, throwing two picks before connecting with WR Javon Walker for a 39 yard touchdown. Walker did most of the work, as he caught the ball at about the Raiders' 29 yard line and ran it in from there. Plummer continued his issues after halftime, throwing his third interception on Denver's second possession of the third quarter. HC Mike Shanahan, in what appeared to be an effort to get Plummer back on track, had him targeting short throws and the tight end (in particular, Stephen Alexander) to methodically move the ball down the field and control the clock after the third interception. As Plummer settled down, he was able to work the ball more to his receivers and collect an easy second touchdown pass of one yard to fullback Kyle Johnson.

2006 Week 11 vs SD (13 / 28 / 183 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 8 / 0 rush)

Plummer had another tough game as the Broncos' signal caller. He only managed 183 yards on 46% passing. Plummer was off target throughout the game. He overthrew Walker several times on deep routes that would have gained large chunks of yardage. The lack of a successful passing game allowed the San Diego defense to focus on stopping the run, which they managed to do in the second half. Plummer's interception late in the fourth quarter was costly, as the Broncos were in need of a first down on a fourth down play. Instead, the Chargers got the ball back, scored, and won the game.

2006 Week 12 vs KC (25 / 39 / 216 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)

Plummer has undoubtedly heard the rumors and can feel the impending presence of rookie Jay Cutler, the anticipated heir to the Bronco quarterback duties. The media is reporting that Cutler may take over as soon as the next game. Plummer's performance for this game will not hold back Cutler very much. He had a high completion percentage converting 64% of his passes but only managed 216 yards on 39 pass attempts. He also lost the ball once to an interception and was fortunate on two other occasions not to lose it. Once he had an interception called back due to a penalty and once he fumbled, but it was recovered by a teammate. Plummer did a good job spreading the ball around. He targeted and connected with ten different receivers.

2006 Week 17 vs SF (0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Plummer's relief effort was ineffective. He missed receivers and threw an interception in the limited time he was in the game. He had a goal line opportunity from the three yard line, but was sacked, threw an incompletion, then scrambled for a couple of yards, and had to settle for a field goal.

2005 Week 1 vs MIA (22 / 48 / 251 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)

Plummer looked lost early in the game, but even after he settled in and was able to start finding open receivers, he had absolutely no help. Dropped passes were the name of the game all day long - especially from Ashley Lelie downfield. That said, Plummer was extraordinary at escaping pressure. He avoided three sacks when he was in the grasp of a defender, even though it was his only sack that resulted in Jason Taylor's 85 yard touchdown on a fumble recovery. He also scrambled three times for 18 yards and was as good this year as any previous year at getting outside the defense on planned roll outs and bootlegs. He did have a few really poor throws - especially on one interception which was all Plummer's fault. He overthrew the receiver - or the receiver broke off the route and Plummer saw the Miami defender and thought it was the receiver - because the pass looked like it was intended for the Miami defender. Even if a receiver was in the area, Plummer's pass probably would have been either intercepted or well defended.

2005 Week 2 vs SD (23 / 37 / 248 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)

Plummer moved the ball well on the Broncos' opening drive, finding Rod Smith for 15 yards on the first play of the game and completing six of his first seven passes for 66 yards. Rod Smith and Ashley Lelie were the most heavily targeted players for the Broncos, with Smith being the preferred target on third down. Plummer fumbled a snap when in shotgun formation but the ball was recovered by Cooper Carlisle for the Broncos. Plummer's numbers would have looked better had a 36 yard touchdown pass to Jeb Putzier not been negated by a personal foul committed by George Foster. Plummer looked deep for Ashley Lelie early in the game but overthrew the pass. Perhaps the strangest play of the game came when Plummer hit DeQuincy Scott's helmet at the line of scrimmage, causing the pass to be picked off by Bhawoh Jue.

2005 Week 3 vs KC (13 / 18 / 152 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 9 / 1 rush)

Plummer had some success passing. He did not pass a lot, but was effective when he needed to. He surprised the Chiefs repeatedly with his play calling, including a couple effective bootlegs. One of his runs was for a one yard touchdown. His statistics may not have been overly impressive, but Plummer was steady and produced exactly what was needed at all times to dominate this game.

2005 Week 4 vs JAX (19 / 26 / 136 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Plummer did a good job of managing the game. He took advantage of the running game and usually attempted safer, mid-range throws. On the few occasions he threw deep, he either did not have much time to throw, or the pass was well defended by the Jaguars' defensive backs. He knew where he wanted to go with the football, and usually got rid of the ball quickly and accurately, though usually on shorter throws. In this game, Plummer was not asked to air it out a lot, which resulted in his low passing yardage numbers.

2005 Week 5 vs WAS (10 / 25 / 92 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 4 / 0 rush)

Plummer had a horrible day passing, but to his credit, he avoided turning the ball over. Despite facing a Redskins' secondary missing its top two cornerbacks, Plummer struggled to hit receivers in stride all day long. His passes appeared to be affected by the bad weather as they wobbled in the air. Rod Smith was hit violently at least twice as he attempted to reach back and catch a pass thrown behind him. Plummer did have a nice touchdown toss over the defender's head towards the corner of the end zone to Ashley Lelie towards the end of the first half to put his team ahead. In the third quarter, Plummer nearly cost his team two points when he fumbled the ball on his own five yard line, and kicked it back into his own end zone before recovering it for a safety. However, upon replay it was ruled that his fumble was in reality a "tuck" and thus an incomplete pass attempt. With his team ahead, Plummer didn't attempt many passes in the second half, instead handing the ball off as the offense remained conservative in the bad weather conditions.

2005 Week 6 vs NE (17 / 24 / 262 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 6 / 0 rush)

Plummer looked masterful in engineering the Broncos' offense. He capitalized on a strong running game to use play-action passes to great advantage. Plummer threw both the intermediate and deep balls very well, leading his receivers perfectly on many of those throws. He was especially in sync with his starting wide receivers and tight end Jeb Putzier, connecting with them seemingly at will on a variety of passes. Plummer showed that when he has time to throw, he can put up some very impressive passing numbers.

2005 Week 7 vs NYG (18 / 29 / 194 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Plummer had a typical Jake Plummer day. He mixed several great looking passes with several near interceptions, and the end result was a solid day both for the team and for fantasy owners. It was nothing spectacular, and owners would have liked to see him do more against a defense like New York. Denver, however, had so much success running the football that taking it to the air was irrelevant for much of the game. Once again, he did not turn the ball over with an interception.

2005 Week 8 vs PHI (22 / 35 / 309 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 22 / 0 rush)

Plummer tied his career best performance as he threw for four touchdowns, all to different receivers. His 309 yards passing was also his best yardage performance this season. Plummer had a great first half, throwing 22 times and completing 16 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. He looked comfortable and decisive, throwing the ball to eight different receivers and rolling out and around the pocket. Plummer also showed he still has running abilities, as he ran for 22 yards in the second quarter straight up the middle. The passing game was ratcheted back in the fourth quarter as Denver had extended their lead back to 35-21 - the final 11 plays for Denver were run plays.

2005 Week 10 vs OAK (16 / 22 / 205 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 7 / 0 rush)

It is fast becoming the most overused cliché in all of football, but it must be said that Jake Plummer did a good job of managing the offense. He didn't make many glaring mistakes, and the few times he was asked to make a big play, he came through. His touchdown pass to Rod Smith was a perfect ball, which seemed to be the case with most of Plummer's attempts. There will be weeks (such as this one) where he doesn't light up the stat sheet, but Plummer is quickly becoming one of the safer choices amongst fantasy QBs to put up a solid point total on a consistent basis. Plummer lost two yards rushing on a play where Oakland was called for offsides and Denver accepted the penalty rather than the play.

2005 Week 11 vs NYJ (18 / 26 / 225 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)

Plummer finished this game without an interception and has now thrown 219 consecutive passes without completing one to the wrong team. He has thrown only three interceptions on the season, which represents an amazing turnaround for a quarterback who tied for a league worst 20 interceptions thrown last season. Plummer spread his completions to eight different receivers. His long pass was a 49 yard completion to a wide open Ashley Lelie. Lelie did a nice job of coming back to catch the underthrown ball. Plummer also contributed 25 rushing yards. He showed some nifty moves, making a couple of Jet defenders miss on a 17 yard scamper to the New York one yard line. Plummer did lose a fumble; as he was trying to stretch the ball forward for a first down, Jonathan Vilma stripped it.

2005 Week 12 vs DAL (15 / 24 / 162 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)

Plummer started this game five for eleven for 70 yards and a touchdown in the first half. The touchdown pass was a 20 yard lob to a wide open Rod Smith, who had beaten cornerback, Terence Newman with a double move. Plummer put plenty of air under the ball and hit Smith nearly in stride in the end zone after Newman had bitten on Smith's initial curl move. Plummer's interception came on his eleventh pass of the day on a ball he probably should have thrown away. He had all kinds of time after a play action fake, but tried to force a deep pass to Ashley Lelie and was intercepted by Newman. The interception marked the end of Plummer's team leading consecutive passes without an interception streak at 229. During the streak, Plummer threw 14 touchdown passes. In the second half, Plummer was ten of 13 for 92 yards. He was four for four with 56 yards passing and added a key 14 yard scramble for a first down on Denver's third quarter scoring drive. Plummer completed five of eight passes for 36 yards in the remainder of regulation. Though Plummer's second half completion percentage was good, The Broncos were only able to gain one first down between their scoring drive and the end of regulation. Plummer's only attempt in the overtime period went for a seven yard completion to Charlie Adams. Plummer was able to avoid a number of sacks by using his feet to buy extra time to throw. Plummer had a second potential interception dropped by Terence Newman, who would have scored had he held the football.

2005 Week 13 vs KC (18 / 29 / 276 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)

Plummer had what can be best described as an up and down day. At times, he looked remarkable, buying himself extra time in the pocket on two separate occasions on pass plays to his TE, Jeb Putzier. At other times, he looked a lot like the Jake Plummer that we've all come to know over the years. One particularly damaging play was an interception he threw in the end zone that was picked by CB Patrick Surtain. His second interception was less damaging, but no less head-scratching. He simply didn't see LB Kawika Mitchell, who easily stepped in front of a pass early in the third quarter. Perhaps his most maddening play from a fantasy perspective was on a very nice run late in the first half. Plummer took the ball around the corner and slid towards the end zone to seemingly score a nine yard touchdown. The key word in the previous sentence being 'slid'. Had Plummer simply dove for the pylon or at worst reached out over the goal line, he very likely would have scored. However, after the play was initially ruled a touchdown, Chiefs HC Dick Vermeil challenged. He rightly argued that Plummer had begun his slide prior to crossing the plane of the end zone. Replays backed that up, and the ball was placed at the one. Following an incompletion by Plummer, Mike Anderson scored his second touchdown of the game. Of course, it wasn't all bad fortune for Plummer. His owners caught a huge break right at the outset. Plummer threw a simple screen to Mike Anderson, who turned a short ten yard pass into a terrific 66 yard touchdown, beating the entire Chiefs' defense downfield in the process. If not for that Anderson catch and run, Plummer's day would have been entirely forgettable. Plummer was also bailed out of a potential interception later in the game when Eric Warfield was unable to intercept a Plummer pass that hit him right between the numbers.

2005 Week 14 vs BAL (19 / 33 / 236 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

Plummer didn't have a great game, but did what he had to for his team to win, throwing for 236 yards on 19 of 33 passing. His touchdown pass came in the third quarter, when he hit FB Kyle Johnson from seven yards out to put the Broncos up for good.

2005 Week 15 vs BUF (20 / 37 / 259 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 19 / 0 rush)

Plummer had a good game. The Broncos began with three passing plays and utilized the passing game extensively in the first half. Plummer did not complete a pass to any receiver other than Rod Smith until 25 minutes into the game. Plummer had a pass batted into the air in the final minute of the first half and the ball fell to Rod Smith in the end zone for a touchdown. Plummer ran for 18 yards earlier in the scoring drive. He led the Broncos to a score on their opening possession of the second half, finding TE Wesley Duke on a one yard touchdown pass. The Broncos went for it on fourth down in the last few minutes, and Plummer gained two yards on a sneak to keep the drive alive.

2005 Week 16 vs OAK (19 / 29 / 268 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)

Plummer had a fantastic first half, completing 15 of 18 passes for 209 yards. The only blemish on that effort was an interception, which was another accurate pass intended for WR Rod Smith but went right through the Pro Bowl receiver's hands and in to the waiting arms of Oakland FS Stewart Schweigert. The only other problem that Plummer continues to have is in touchdown production, and he decided to take matters in to his own hands. Plummer scored himself on a QB sneak in the first quarter. Plummer tapered off after halftime, completing just four passes for 59 yards, but the game was well in hand and he was not throwing except for second and third and long situations for most of the second half. He did scramble a bit, adding two more carries for 15 yards.

2005 Week 17 vs SD (8 / 14 / 91 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Plummer played only the first half before HC Mike Shanahan removed him from the action. With a bye week next week already secured, it was evident that Shanahan didn't want his QB becoming too rusty in preparation for their divisional playoff game in two weeks. Plummer was removed in time to avoid any more punishing hits from San Diego defenders, who were relentless in their pursuit. The game plan appeared to be that they'd have Plummer take a lot of three-step drops and release the ball. This would enable him to avoid so many big hits. It worked, to a point. He may have avoided any extra hits, but he still had to deal with a good amount of punishment for someone who didn't need to be in the game. Plummer avoided an early miscue when a near-interception at the hands of Clinton Hart was dropped He was also bailed out on a possible lost fumble when OL Matt Lepsis dove onto the football and saved a turnover.