What’s up, Broncos Country?
This is Ryan Torain, checking in for the first time. This season I’m going to be writing a rookie blog, just letting you all know how my first year in the NFL is going. So far it’s been going great, by the way.
Wow, so I’m here in Denver. I never thought I would come here — I didn’t really know every single team looking at me just because there is so much going on around that time with the NFL Combine and everything, but once I saw it come up on the screen I was like, wow, that’s a running team. I was definitely ready to get here and start showing I have what it takes to run in the Denver Broncos system, so I’ve been blessed. I actually lived here in Denver for a few months when I was in about 3rd grade, so I’m just getting used to it all over again. It’s good to see the mountains again.
Well, I’ve been in camp for a week now, and it’s pretty much what I expected. I’ve been through camps every year of college, so this is just another level. I won’t lie, though, it’s definitely greater speed and greater talent, but it’s a real good, positive thing, just having fun doing what I love — football.
For the first couple days, I felt like I was going cross-eyed because everything was going by so fast and I was just trying to read everything, but now I feel like I’m adjusting to the speed. Things are slowed down and I feel a lot more comfortable with myself as we’re running the plays.
The best part of camp so far has definitely got to be the afternoon practices. It’s either a quick one for special teams or a jog-through where we go over all our plays. It leaves us with one big practice in the morning where we really go hard and make sure we leave it all out there on the field. That’s huge. And the veterans are constantly reminding us rookies to be thankful for this because everywhere else it’s a lot harder. So most definitely this is huge and Coach Shanahan is taking care of us. It keeps us healthy and it’s just creating opportunities for us in the future, when we have our legs up under us during games and other teams are wearing down.
Speaking of veterans, I’m definitely enjoying myself with the group of running backs we have here. We all look out for each other and we all try to help each other because we look at it as a family, you know what I’m saying? We just want all of us be successful, because we need each other. But that doesn’t mean the vets don’t remind me I’m a rookie. There’s a couple of days where I’ve had to carry some helmets and shoulder pads, but I’m just trying to help out the older guys. Because when I’m older, best believe somebody’s going to be carrying my helmet. Alright? I paid my duty!
They’ve got me staying in the rookie hotel, too. That’s not so bad because it’s right up the road so between practices and when meetings are over I can just go grab a quick nap. And they provide everything for us. You’ve got Gatorade, you’ve got TV, you’ve got your bed and your playbook, that’s all you need. And it’s not like we’re out in the hall joking around too much, maybe we hang out for about 5 or 10 minutes, but then we’re hitting that bed. It’s exhausting out here. Most definitely we’re getting our rest.
I hear all these people talking about how hot it is right now, something about a record number of days above 90 degrees. Man, it feels breezy. This ain’t nothing. You have to remember I grew up in Kansas and went to school in Arizona. You don’t know hot until you’re in Arizona in the middle of July. This is great weather out here, you’ve just got to enjoy it and take advantage of it.
That’s what I’m doing, and time is really flying. From draft day until right now it feels like it’s been just a couple hours. Things are really rolling right now, and it’s clicking pretty well. I’m excited for it. I’m definitely ready for this first preseason game to get out there against another NFL team. It’s a dream come true, you’ve just got to keep setting goals for yourself and reaching them.
My goal personally is to help the team and make big plays. Training camp is going great, I feel positive about everything, I’m staying with the running back coach just getting the information and plays, just meeting with him a little extra, just staying on top of things. It makes me feel better as a running back to know that the coaches have confidence in me, and I’ve always had confidence in myself, but now the coaches are seeing my work ethic and what I’m trying to provide for the team, and they’re giving me and opportunity and I appreciate it. I’m just ready to go out and take it and make sure I do everything I can.
Alright, that’s all for this one. I’ll talk to you all next week, don’t forget to come out to training camp and keep watching me this season. I expect to do big things.