Let’s get right into it.
After practice, Head Coach John Fox announced that the team waived linebacker A.J. Jones yesterday and released running back LenDale White this morning. Ty Warren did not practice due to a triceps strain, Marcus Thomas did not practice with a pectoral sprain, Demaryius Thomas continued to sit out with an Achilles injury, Richard Quinn sat out with a knee injury, Stanley Daniels was out with an ankle injury and Syd’Quan Thompson was still out with a groin injury.
Ronnell Brown and Eric Decker did not finish practice. Decker left due to a foot injury.
We’ll have more on the injuries and transactions in today’s top story, coming shortly on DenverBroncos.com.
LINE ‘EM UP
The starting defensive tackles Tuesday were Kevin Vickerson and Brodrick Bunkley.
Behind the starting corps of D.J. Williams, Joe Mays and Von Miller, the second-string linebackers are Mario Haggan, Nate Irving and Wesley Woodyard.
Two of the more interesting drills of the day were essentially the reverse of the team sessions we’re used to seeing. Instead of the offense being down a score, the unit was up and had to run the clock out with 1:54 remaining. The defense had one timeout.
First up was Kyle Orton. After two running plays, the quarterback found Eric Decker on a screen pass for a big first down, allowing the clock to run and giving Orton the opportunity to take a knee in the victory formation to seal the “win.”
Next was Tim Tebow. On the very first play, Brandon Minor found a big hole in the line and picked up a first down. The defense called a timeout, but Tebow was still able to take three consecutive kneel-downs to seal the win for the second-team offense, as well.
After Tebow’s rep, Orton went back in for another situational drill — fourth-and-10, up a score, with four seconds left. Essentially the goal seemed to be to secure the snap, drop back and heave the ball high and out of bounds down the field to run the clock out. Tebow ran the same drill right after.
Eddie Royal had two long touchdowns from Kyle Orton during 7-on-7s — one was a long bomb in the air, the other came after the catch due to a nice move to get past Kyle McCarthy.
Elvis Dumervil got past Orlando Franklin on the very first play of a team drill for a sack on Orton.
The next play was a handoff to Knowshon Moreno, who found a hole in the line for a big gain. “Nice! Nice!” Orton yelled afterward.
Moreno had another big run during team drills, weaving his way through traffic to pick up substantial yardage.
The defense had its fair share of big plays during team drills, as Von Miller burst into the backfield to wrap up Willis McGahee, Derrick Harvey busted through the line to wrap up Lane Ball and Kevin Vickerson came on a late rush unblocked to sack Orton and later wrapped up Willis McGahee in the backfield in a red-zone drill.
The offense had some answers, however, especially in the red zone. Royal scored on a screen pass from Orton, Dan Gronkowski caught a pass in the middle of the end zone from Orton and D’Andre Goodwin got his hands on a touchdown from Adam Weber.
Brian Dawkins made his presence felt throughout team drills. After he nearly had a pick — Cassius Vaughn dove to break up the pass just before it seemingly would’ve sailed into Dawkins’ hands — he broke up the very next play by diving toward the ball. Later in the same red zone drill, he ran down Moreno as the running back was trying to turn the corner, tackling him out of bounds short of the end zone, much to the delight of his defensive teammates.
After Ryan McBean looked to have a sack on Brady Quinn, the play was allowed to continue, and under pressure the quarterback fired a pass to the end zone that was intercepted by Perrish Cox.
Jeremy Jarmon found his way into the backfield for a sack on Tebow. When he got back to the sideline, he was greeted with a high-five from Bunkley.
Thanks to a big block by fullback Austin Sylvester, Brandon Minor was able to find room for a long run during team drills.
Orton made a sliding catch of a pass thrown by Quinn. That’s receiver Greg Orton, of course.
During a tackling drill near the sideline, Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen told the linebackers, “Don’t let him go out of bounds — make him pay the toll!”
David Anderson, taking his reps as punt returner, turned to the sideline and joked, “Come on, Champ, you’re returning punts this year.” The Pro Bowl cornerback smiled back at him.
During two-on-two drills between the offensive and defensive lines, the first-string O-line held its ground, but that didn’t stop Dumervil from talking a little trash, especially to the right side of the line as Jason Hunter fought his way into the backfield.
Royal took first-team punt return reps.
Led Zeppelin: “Kashmir”
Foster the People: “Pumped Up Kicks”
The Black Keys: “Everlasting Light”
The team is back on the field tonight for a closed walkthrough practice. The next practice open to the public is tomorrow afternoon from 2:20 to 5 p.m.
Below are a couple more photos from Tuesday’s morning session.
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