Wednesday’s practice was filled with the typical assortment of big plays, but there were also some “dings” in practice that Head Coach John Fox addressed after the session.
Ryan Clady (knee irritation), Brian Dawkins (ankle irritation) and Brandon Lloyd (knee irritation) did not finish practice, though Fox said that was just precautionary. “Nothing serious,” he said.
In addition, Ty Warren, Marcus Thomas, Demaryius Thomas, Richard Quinn, Stanley Daniels and Ronnell Brown (ankle sprain) did not participate in practice.
WHAT’S THE SCENARIO
In the final team drills of practice, the players worked through two end-of-game scenarios. In the first, the offense was down, 25-20, with 1:40 left on the clock and the ball at its own 40-yard line.
Kyle Orton and the first-team offense stepped up first, and the quarterback got right to work. He immediately found Knowshon Moreno on a screen pass that gained 19 yards, though the clock continued to run. So Orton ran back to the line and quickly took the snap, looking to his left to fool the defensive backs before firing a pass to Britt Davis on the right sideline all the way to the 13-yard line.
From there, Orton found Eric Decker with a sharp pass at the 5-yard line. Moreno took a carry down to the 3-yard line, and the offense called its only timeout. On the next play, Chris Kuper quickly shouted instructions to Orlando Franklin on who he was supposed to block, and Orton took the snap. Franklin proceeded to keep Von Miller out of the backfield as Orton fired a pass to Matt Willis in the end zone to put the offense up a point.
The offense stayed on the field to go for two — and Moreno made it worth their while, finding paydirt on a carry for the conversion.
Next up was Brady Quinn. He started by finding D’Andre Goodwin for a quick 10-yard first down, then hooked up with the receiver for a 4-yard gain on the next play. But the defense picked up on second down, as Mario Haggan sniffed out a screen pass to Brandon Minor, taking the running back down in the backfield. That set up third-and-11, but Quinn calmly found Virgil Green in the middle of the field for a first down at the defense’s 31-yard line.
The next two plays belonged to David Bruton. Quinn tried to find Green again, but Bruton was there to break up the pass with 45 seconds left on the clock. On the very next play, he jumped in front of what looked to be a screen pass — or a short floater — for an interception before taking a knee to seal the win for the defense.
TWO-MINUTE, TAKE TWO
The second scenario had the offense down 25-23 with 23 seconds left on the clock, facing a third-and-10 at the defense’s 40-yard line.
Orton took his rep first, and immediately found Eric Decker for a first down at the 25-yard line. The offense jogged back to the line and Orton spiked the ball with 1.3 seconds remaining, allowing Steven Hauschka to line up for a field goal — which he knocked through the uprights as time expired to give the offense the win.
Next up was Tim Tebow. The quarterback’s third-down attempt fell incomplete, so Matt Prater jogged onto the field on fourth down for a 57-yard field goal attempt to win the game for the offense. He split the uprights by a long shot.
The final open practice of training camp is tomorrow morning from 8:50 to 11:30 a.m., so if you haven’t made it to Dove Valley yet, come on out!
More photos from this afternoon’s session below.
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