After last night’s “opportunity” practice, the team was back on the field Wednesday morning in full pads. Several veterans, including Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins, were given the morning off.
The team worked extensively in 11-on-11 drills, working through a variety of scenarios on a steamy morning at Dove Valley.
This morning’s session was a private practice, but the team will be back at it at 5:30 p.m. MDT and that session is open to the public. For dates and times to all practices, visit our training camp fan information page.
RUNNING BACK ROULETTE
With Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter still sidelined, the team’s other four running backs continue to get their chance to shine. During Wednesday morning’s 11-on-11 drills, Kolby Smith, Lance Ball, Bruce Hall and Toney Baker got opportunities to run with each quarterback in various situations.
Smith, who spent the opening special teams walk-through talking through his assignments on given plays with position coach Eric Studesville, started several drills as the top back. But Lance Ball took first reps during a hurry-up offense series and a red zone drill. Bruce Hall was the first running back in during the closing two-minute drill scenario.
FIRST TEAM OPPORTUNITIES
With Bailey, Dawkins and D.J. Williams sitting out the session, Perrish Cox, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard got a chance to run with the first-team defense.
Cox took advantage with a pair of interceptions and several nice pass break-ups.
Throughout the morning, Nate Jones and Nick Greisen also got reps with the first-team defense.
During a hurry-up drill simulating the last 1:20 of the first half, Kyle Orton led a drive that stalled at the opponent’s 42-yard line. Matt Prater stepped up and made a 59-yard field goal, drawing applause from the Broncos’ VIP guests in attendance.
Orton hit Royal down the sideline for a long TD after the receiver beat Andre’ Goodman over the top. Quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels punched the air in celebration, while Goodman took off on a lap after the lapse. The defense struck back on the next play when Cox grabbed an INT on an underthrown ball in front of Brandon Lloyd, earning the youngster a congratulatory headbutt from Elvis Dumervil.
The 11-on-11 portion ended with Orton and Brady Quinn leading two-minute drills from their own 20, in a scenario where they need a touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter to win. Orton started his drive by hitting Daniel Graham for a big chunk of yardage, but the march quickly ended with a Jones interception. Quinn’s drive seemed like it would stall early against the second-team defense, but on a 4th and 10, Demaryius Thomas drew pass interference on Syd’Quan Thompson trying to chase down a deep ball. That put the offense into the red zone, but the defense dug in thanks to pass break-ups by Alphonso Smith and Cassius Vaughn and avoided surrendering the score.
Jamal Williams, still on the team’s Active/PUP list, walked out of the facility early in practice and headed to the weight room for an individual workout. After practice, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said the defensive lineman might be back as early as tomorrow. “He’s getting closer,” McDaniels said. “Hopefully tomorrow might be D-Day for that. We’re excited about that and I think he is, too. I don’t want to put any guarantee on that, but it’s definitely getting closer.”
During drills, each defensive position group spent time doing a drill to simulate fumbles near the sideline. Players either scooped up the ball before going out of bounds or batted the ball to a teammate to save it from the sideline.
During an early period, Woodyard and Devin Bishop went through a drill separate from the other linebackers under the direction of defensive assistant Craig Aukerman. In the drill, operations staffers acted as the offensive line and the players had to react to their assignments.
The special teams drills today focused on kick coverage. Jones, Greisen, Smith, Vaughn, Woodyard, Jarvis Moss, Spencer Larsen, Matthew Willis, David Bruton and Akin Ayodele comprised the first-team coverage unit along with the kicker, Prater.
One of the plays of the day came during 7-on-7 drills when Goodman ripped a pass out of Jabar Gaffney’s hands and tapped his feet down in the corner of the endzone for an interception.
TRAINING CAMP JUKE BOX
Offseason champion Willis picked today’s warm-up songs.
The wide receiver’s mix led off with Young Jeezy’s “Put On.” “Regulate” by Warren G featuring Nate Dogg, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kanye West and Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” closed the song list.
During several drives, the music returned to simulate crowd noise. The defense’s new favorite jam, Rick Ross’ “B.M.F,” kicked off the list, getting several defenders bouncing to the rhythm for the second straight day. Eminem’s “Not Afraid,” Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana” and Pearl Jam’s “Alive” also came booming out of the large speaker beside the practice field.
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com
Below are some photos from the workout:
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