The grind of training camp has officially begun as the Broncos took to the Dove Valley practice field Monday for their second consecutive day of full-squad workouts.
A crowd of 1,679 gathered to watch the Broncos’ two-hour afternoon session. Spectators benefitted from cooling temperatures as the day progressed, while the team continued working toward the 2010 season with a spirited practice period.
A LITTLE COMPETITION
There were several drills Monday designed to spark the competitive juices between the offense and defense.
One drill was designed to simulate the moment an offensive player breaks into the open field. Linebackers matched up against running backs and tight ends, while defensive backs went after wide receivers. Most players simply rode the ball carrier out of bounds during the minimal contact drill. A notable exception was when Alphonso Smith dropped Kenny McKinley to the ground in mid cut, drawing an approving gasp from the crowd.
Later, wide receivers and quarterbacks were tested in a drill pitting them against a cornerback and a safety. Champ Bailey reeled in a bobbling interception on the first play of the drill and Perrish Cox snared a finger-tip pick a few plays later.
The offense soon caught up with Tim Tebow lofting a perfect deep ball to Demaryius Thomas for a score and Brandon Lloyd and Alric Arnett coming up with big catches.
In the drill, Eric Decker showed the ability to fix mistakes that Head Coach Josh McDaniels prizes in young players. On one play, Decker dropped a catchable ball, leading to push-ups. On his next turn, the third-round pick turned to his back shoulder to snare a nifty one-handed catch from Kyle Orton.
The defense clearly won the 11 on 11 portion of the practice. At one point, coaches sent the entire offense for a lap around the field, drawing a polite applause from the crowd.
“False start, not enough (men) in the huddle — sloppy,” McDaniels said of the reasons for the lap. “(There were) too many mistakes late in practice. When you get tired, things like that can happen, and we certainly can’t allow it to. It’s just a reminder that that’s the kind of stuff that gets you beat.”
Before resuming with a two-minute drill, Orton gathered the offense in a short huddle to regroup.
TRAINING CAMP JUKEBOX
Graham, an offseason champion, controlled the tunes on Day 2 of training camp.
The tight end’s selections for warm-ups included The Sugar Hill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” Run-D.M.C’s version of the Aerosmith classic “Walk This Way” and Whodini’s “Friends.”
Today is Pro Scouting/Director of Special Services Fred Fleming’s birthday.
Be sure to check out the DenverBroncos.com training camp page for all camp-related links.
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com
Below are some photos from the workout: