2010 Training Camp Day 17: A.M. Blog
August 17th, 2010 - 9:21am by Gray Caldwell
The Broncos returned to the Dove Valley practice field Tuesday morning for their first workout since Sunday’s preseason opening loss in Cincinnati.
The team opened their final week of training camp in shorts and shells on a sunny, but cool morning.
BACK IN ACTION
Several players made their return to the practice field Tuesday, including Chris Kuper and D.J. Williams, both of whom jumped right back into the first-unit offense and defense, respectively. Perrish Cox and Joe Mays practiced as well, despite getting shaken up during Sunday’s exhibition in Cincinnati.
Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker trotted out to the field and worked away from the rest of practice with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten, running routes and catching passes.
Several veterans including Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins and Daniel Graham sat out the session.
On back-to-back plays during 11-on-11s, Justin Fargas broke through a hole in the offensive line for a big gain, earning praise from Head Coach Josh McDaniels, then Lance Ball followed that up by finding the right place to break upfield through the line, earning a “Good read, Lance!” from the head coach.
During 7-on-7s, Orton dropped back from the line of scrimmage and lofted a deep pass toward Eddie Royal, who was sprinting toward the end zone with Wesley Woodyard in tight coverage. Royal made a quick adjustment, however, running under the pass and away from the linebacker for a touchdown.
Woodyard got his revenge later in practice, however. To close out the session, the offense and defense trotted out for a red zone drill. McDaniels shouted that it was fourth down, and either the offense or defense would win the drill. Orton took the snap, bought time in the pocket and fired to Royal in the back of the end zone, but Woodyard was there to make sure the receiver didn’t come down in bounds.
Defensive Coordinator Wink Martindale loved Woodyard’s play, shouting toward the offense, “Wanna go again?” So the units lined up against each other for one final fourth-down play. The defenders on the sideline chanted “De-fense!” and got loud as the ball was about to be snapped. This time, Orton hung back in the pocket and fired a ball between defenders to Jabar Gaffney in the middle of the end zone. The receiver appeared to get both feet in bounds for the touchdown, sending the entire offense sprinting into the end zone for a celebration while the defense argued that he was out of bounds.
During an earlier red-zone drill, Orton pump faked to help get Brandon Lloyd open in the end zone, but just as the receiver was about to haul it in, Renaldo Hill leaped in front of the pass to slap it away.
In 7-on-7s, Tim Tebow lofted a deep pass down the sideline to Alric Arnett, who adjusted to catch the back-shoulder throw in front of Alphonso Smith. On the very next play, the rookie quarterback fired a pass to Britt Davis in the middle of the field.
Spencer Larsen traveled with the team to Cincinnati, but headed back to Denver before the game — just in time to welcome a new baby girl to the family.
McDaniels spent a lot of time coaching different position drills Tuesday morning. Early in practice he held a pad during tight end drills, running toward the tight ends as they caught a pass, either banging into them or throwing the pad at them to simulate a closing linebacker.
Eddie Royal took some reps returning kicks in a drill where two “gunners” try to squeeze the returner toward the middle of the field and make the tackle. McDaniels watched the drill closely, as well, getting right in the thick of things to shout encouragement to the players.
Defensive linemen worked on a drill where they pushed their blocker backward and leaped to bat away balls launched from a JUGS Machine.
TRAINING CAMP JUKEBOX
“Tell Me Baby,” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers kicked off the morning’s workouts. “Audience of One” by Rise Against and “Citizen Solider” by 3 Doors Down closed out the set.
Below are some photos from the session. The squad returns to the field for another practice tonight at 5:30 p.m., which is also open to the public.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Tags: 2010, Denver Broncos, Matt Prater, Spencer Larsen, Training Camp