The Broncos hit the practice field Monday after a day off Sunday to start the last week of training camp, and the weather wasn’t the only thing that was hot. Tensions and intensity rose as everyone was trying to raise their play. There were some spectacular plays, including arguably the play of training camp — which will be in Broncos TV’s highlight package — so without further ado, let’s get to it.
Receiver Eddie Royal was back practicing 100 percent. Royal had missed all or part of the last few padded practices with a hip injury. Cornerback Syd’Quan Thompson was still out with a injury. Tight end Richard Quinn and guard Stanley Daniels also sat out and defensive tackles Ty Warren and Marcus Thomas left practice with injuries.
Defensive tackle Louis Leonard was released and linebacker Derek Domino was waived earlier in the day, while receiver Greg Orton made his first practice appearance for the Broncos.
THE PLAY OF TRAINING CAMP
Arguably the play of training camp thus far came in the first team session of the afternoon. Rookie linebacker Nate Irving dropped into coverage as quarterback Tim Tebow went back to pass. As Tebow released it for tight end Julius Thomas downfield, Irving broke to his left. Then he jumped, and with his right hand he reached back behind himself at full extension for the leaping, one-handed interception. The ball stuck to his glove as if it was Velcro and Irving landed on his feet and was able to run 20 yards upfield. The defense whooped, hollered and all ran onto the field in a frenzy to give Irving props.
“This game is a tough game, a physical game, and when you’re banging on each other every day, it can get chippy,” Head Coach John Fox said. “It’s pretty typical of camp this time of year.”
1. “I’m Back” – T.I.
2. “Paradise City” – Guns N’ Roses
3. “Bottom of the Map” – Young Jeezy
A lot of drills today centered around the passing game. The cornerbacks and safeties did two separate drills that focused on interceptions. Assistant Secondary Coach Sam Garnes would heave the ball about 40 yards as the safeties would try to track it down. Secondary Coach Ron Milus worked with the cornerbacks, as they would cover a receiver running down the sideline and try to pick the ball off.
In one-on-one drills, linebackers worked on covering the running backs on a pass route out of the backfield and both the linebackers and safeties worked with the tight ends. The offensive players were able to catch the ball most of time; however, linebackers D.J. Williams and Woodyard broke up passes intended for McGahee and tight end Dan Gronkowski respectively. Moore also had a nice break up but on the offensive side, tight end Dante Rosario did a swift double move to completely fake out safety Darcel McBath.
Then the tables were turned for pass protections, as the running backs and tight ends had to block the linebackers and safeties. Veteran safety Brian Dawkins stood out as he got by his blocker with ease almost every time. During this time, the wide receivers worked on blocking the cornerbacks downfield as if for a screen pass. The defensive and offensive lines also went up against each other, and some notable performances included defensive tackle Ryan McBean getting around guard Manny Ramirez to draw loud praise from the defense, but Chris Clark got one back for the offense, holding off a tough Jason Hunter.
In one drill that didn’t involve the passing game, the running backs drove through sleds (like would-be tacklers), leading with their shoulder. Running Backs Coach Eric Studesville shouted instructions the whole time such as, “Stay square; bring your hips,” and the classic, “We pay for that weight room. Use it!”
The team will be back on the field Tuesday morning at 8:50 A.M. Check below for more photos of today’s action.
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