The Broncos returned to the Dove Valley practice field this evening for their second full-squad workout of training camp.
The team was met at first with a brief rain shower, but fans weren’t deterred.
Despite the weather early on, a Dove Valley-record crowd in the morning practice was followed up by an attendance of 1,891 — a record for an afternoon session.
With interest at a high, the evening session commenced under cloudy skies and what turned out to be quite comfortable, cooler weather.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Nate Jones and Akin Ayodele joined the defensive fray, seeing reps with the first team when the squad had an extra defensive back lined up against the offense.
Nick Greisen got some reps with the first unit during a 7-on-7 session.
Matthew Willis, Kenny McKinley, Jones and Josh Barrett worked with special teams coordinator Mike Priefer on finding punts in the air, catching them and downing them inside the 10-yard line.
When running backs and tight ends worked against linebackers in a drill focused on protecting the quarterback, the defense was dominant at first. Wesley Woodyard seemingly couldn’t be stopped, and player after player found their way to the blocking dummy that represented the signal caller. But after running backs coach Eric Studesville got on the offense to step up its game, Toney Baker got the first win for the offensive side of the ball. Later in the drill, Richard Quinn earned congratulations after he kept Elvis Dumervil away from the quarterback.
The defensive line ran through a drill focused on recognizing and reacting to screen passes, then followed that up with a drill working on handwork to get past offensive linemen.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels singled out Willis as a player who impressed him in the first practice of training camp. The third-year receiver kept his hot streak going in the evening session, including a few long catches during 7-on-7 drills. He almost held on to a leaping attempt, but Mario Haggan was there to lay into him a little and force the incompletion.
Kenny McKinley drew cheers from the crowd, as well. First, he was part of five consecutive completions for the receivers in 1-on-1s against the defensive backs (The first breakup of the drill belonged to Alphonso Smith, by the way, on a pass intended for Brandon Stokley). Then, in 11-on-11s, Brady Quinn launched a deep pass toward McKinley down the left sideline. Tony Carter was right there in coverage and stuck his hand out to deflect the pass, but McKinley kept his eye on the ball, maintained control and essentially bobbled it to himself for a long completion.
It seemed to be the session of the receivers, as Brandon Lloyd opened up the first batch of 7-on-7s with a catch right in front of Champ Bailey, who jumped up in disgust after not breaking up the pass. Demaryius Thomas capitalized on every one of his reps in 1-on-1s against the defensive backs, and made a tough catch just past the outstretched arms of a leaping Jones on a pass from Quinn during 7-on-7s. Then Brandon Stokley got involved, closing out the final 7-on-7 session by holding onto a pass even as Syd’Quan Thompson dove in for a relatively big hit.
The offseason — certainly not the most glamorous stretch of the NFL season, but a great place to get a jump on the competition.
The team’s offseason conditioning program began in March, and the team has accomplished plenty between then and now. But the locker room voted that 10 Broncos’ hard work during that stretch stood out.
Josh Barrett, Daniel Graham, Russ Hochstein, Chris Kuper, Spencer Larsen, Ryan McBean, Jarvis Moss, Brady Quinn, Matthew Willis and Wesley Woodyard were all voted Offseason Award Winners by their teammates.
The perks of the selection include a prime parking spot adjoining the practice field, close to the entrance to the facility, and the privilege of picking the playlist for a training camp practice session.
With Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter out of the afternoon practice, all four remaining running backs — Baker, Lance Ball, Bruce Hall and Kolby Smith — saw reps. Smith and Ball, however, seemed to get the majority.
During 7-on-7s, Richard Quinn found himself wide open and hauled in a pass, but Andre’ Goodman came closing fast. The tight end lowered his shoulder, but the collision caused both players to fall down. The sound alone drew a few “ooohs” from the crowd.
A 7-on-7 session in the middle of practice divided the reps fairly evenly among the three quarterbacks. Kyle Orton got four reps and Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow both took three snaps.
After a false start infraction late in practice during an 11-on-11 session, Seth Olsen took a lap around the field.
TRAINING CAMP JUKEBOX
Larsen took advantage of his offseason champion status early, as his playlist was already being blared through the speakers on day one.
Chris Ledoux’s “Hooked on an 8 Second Ride” was up first, followed by Red Hot Chili Peppers with “Snow (Hey Oh),” Rise Against’s “Savior” and finally the Chili Peppers made a repeat appearance, closing it out with “Tell Me Baby.”
Below are some photos from the session. Be sure to check out the DenverBroncos.com training camp page for all camp-related links.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
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