After a day off, the rested Broncos were back on the field at Dove Valley Monday for an afternoon practice.
The team went through their positional drills and team sessions before facing the challenge of some situational football at the end of practice.
Linebacker D.J. Williams and running back LenDale White participated after missing several practices.
Syd’Quan Thompson did not practice and watched the session in shorts with injured wideout Demaryius Thomas.
The first-team offense and defense mirrored the depth chart released today except at the defensive tackle position where Marcus Thomas and Ty Warren saw some first-team in action in place of Kevin Vickerson.
Here is a list of the three songs played during the team stretch.
1. “Put On” – Young Jeezy
2. “Enter Sandman” -Metallica
3. “My Life, Your Entertainment” – T.I.
The defense continued to practice forcing turnovers as they worked on a strip drill to start practice. Players from each position group worked on stripping the ball loose when coming at a player from behind.
The linebackers later worked on avoiding cut blocks around their legs while the defensive backs practiced backpedaling and breaking on the ball.
The secondary also participated in a unique drill where they were told to shove a blocker down and stop a giant red ball rolling towards them in quick succession before wrapping up an oncoming ball carrier.
The running backs spent a good amount time running routes and catching passes out of the backfield.
Today was a tough day to be matched up with Brandon Lloyd.
The NFL’s leading receiver from a year ago caught almost everything thrown his way, making life a little easier for quarterback Kyle Orton.
At the start of a 7-on-7 session, Orton fired a ball through traffic to Lloyd, who saw the ball bounce off his chest and into the air, but the receiver located the ball and brought down the reception off the rebound.
Later, Orton launched about a 50-yard pass to Lloyd, who got past safety Rahim Moore over the top to make the easy touchdown reception.
In team drills, Lloyd was at it again as he made a diving catch on a crossing pattern over the middle.
Moore would redeem himself in team drills as he stayed stride-for-stride with Willis on a deep post, forcing Orton to look elsewhere and eventually throw the ball away.
Running back Willis McGahee had one of best runs of the session as he found a hole on the left side and picked up a nice gain before being ushered to the sideline by Wesley Woodyard.
Towards the end of practice the team was presented with a late-game scenario.
Starting at their own 35-yard line, the offense had 1:40 on the clock with zero timeouts to complete a drive — down a single point to the defense.
Orton was first to lead the no-huddle offense and he set up field goal attempt after a completion over the middle to Willis, but Matt Prater missed the long-range attempt wide left.
Quarterback Brady Quinn was up next and he got a quick first down on a pass to David Anderson but Jeremy Jarmon recorded a sack on the next play. Quinn then tried to hit Julius Thomas but the pass was cut off by Joe Mays, who made the interception and wisely slid to the ground.
Tim Tebow took his turn and he faced constant pressure as he threw his first two passes away with pressure in his face. He was barely able to get his third pass off and it was intercepted by David Bruton.
The final practice segment presented this scenario for the offense: four seconds left with the ball at the opponent’s 40-yard line. Time for one shot at the end zone.
Orton’s first attempt was knocked down in the end zone by Moore. He appeared to be sacked by Jarmon during his second attempt, but coaches let play continue and Orton connected with Britt Davis just past the goal line for the score.
Brady Quinn got one shot at the drill, but the defense was there to bat away the attempt in the end zone.
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