2011 Training Camp – Day 17: A.M. Blog
August 13th, 2011 - 12:26pm by Gray Caldwell
Two days after their first preseason game, the Broncos were back on the field at Dove Valley Saturday morning for another padded practice.
Even though there haven’t been practices every day, we’re still calling this training camp day 17, because it’s the 17th day since it kicked off on July 28.
Let’s get to the recap.
Among the players not participating in the morning session were defensive linemen Brodrick Bunkley and Louis Leonard, both of whom watched their teammates run through drills from the sideline. Syd’Quan Thompson and Eddie Royal also did not participate. Head Coach John Fox said the team is being cautious with Royal’s hip — not the one that was operated on in the offseason.
It looked like Champ Bailey was set to snag an interception, but Julius Thomas seemingly came out of nowhere to jump in front of the veteran cornerback for the catch, making sure the ball stayed with the offense.
Bailey got his revenge later in a red-zone drill, picking off a Brady Quinn pass in the end zone.
Not to be outdone by his fellow rookie tight end, Virgil Green soared to grab a ball over his head delivered by Tim Tebow for a touchdown in the back of the end zone.
Brandon Lloyd was active in the same red zone drill, reeling in two Kyle Orton passes for touchdowns in both corners of the end zone.
Eric Decker had a couple long runs after catches, one of which went for a touchdown. Afterward, he walked back to the huddle getting congratulated by Lloyd.
Willis McGahee took the first few carries during team drills, finding a hole on his first run. In a later team session in practice, he found a lot of space again due to a nice block by Spencer Larsen on Brian Dawkins.
Robert Ayers raced into the backfield on the first play of team drills, putting pressure on Orton.
D.J. Williams tipped away a pass in coverage during team drills.
A Tribe Called Quest: “Scenario”
Foo Fighters: “Everlong”
Sugar Hill Gang: “Apache”
Brandon Lloyd channeled his inner Chad Ochocinco and kicked a handful of field goals under the watchful eye of Matt Prater, while the rest of the team ran through special teams drills on the other field.
After practice, a lot of players got in some extra conditioning. The running backs ran wind sprints while some defensive linemen ran while attached to teammates by bungee cords. Afterward, the linemen did crunches in the middle of the field.
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen stopped by a few position drills, reminding players to “finish! Finish everything you do!”
During a drill, Eric Decker caught a punt with one hand while holding his helmet in the other.
The team is back on the field for a walkthrough closed to the public at 6 p.m. The next public practice is Monday afternoon from 2:20 to 5 p.m.
Below are photos from this morning’s session.
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