In the final public practice of training camp, the Broncos worked in shells, wearing shorts and shoulder pads for the morning session.
Here is a recap of the morning’s events:
Offensive linemen Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin both practiced this morning after getting a little banged up yesterday. Syd’Quan Thompson was also back on the practice field.
Brandon Lloyd and Brian Dawkins did not participate — a team decision, Head Coach John Fox said — and watched from the sideline. Both veterans however, were seen talking to their position groups often, lending tips throughout the session.
Marcus Thomas (pectoral), Demaryius Thomas (Achilles), Richard Quinn (knee sprain), Stanley Daniels (ankle sprain) and Ronnell Brown (ankle sprain) also sat out practice.
In addition, Fox announced that Ty Warren will have surgery on Tuesday to repair a triceps injury.
PRESSLEY JOINS IN
Newly-acquired defensive lineman DeMario Pressley took part in his first practice as a Bronco wearing No.76.
Members of the D-line greeted Pressley with a round of handshakes when he came out onto the field and joined the group.
Later, he completed the 20 up-downs that is required of any player when they join Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen’s defense.
Today’s songs during the team stretch:
1. “Look At Me Now” — Chris Brown
2. “Rosa Parks” — Outkast
3. “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” — U2
The defense started the day with a pick-six drill. A member of the secondary would catch a pass and the entire defense turned upfield to serve as lead blockers, paving the way to the end zone.
The defensive line worked on properly using their hips during pass-rush situations by shedding a blocker and working their way around a complete circle.
Linebackers worked on their backpedaling and spent time knocking away short, quick passes.
The quarterbacks started off working with the tight ends, throwing hitch routes over the middle, while the running backs caught passes out of the backfield.
Later, the quarterbacks practiced their timing with the wide receivers on back-shoulder throws down the sideline.
The special teams coverage units got some work in as well with Assistant Special Teams Coach Keith Burns watching closely. Burns reiterated that the coverage team has “gotta be better this week” referring to the preseason opener in Dallas. At the end of the session he said, “we’ve got too many good athletes here to put that on film.”
After some short passes to start of the team drills, the Broncos worked exclusively on the run game for a good chunk of practice.
All four quarterbacks took snaps from under center but each one just turned around and handed the ball off to the stable of running backs. Knowshon Moreno and Willis McGahee split the first group of carries. Brandon Minor and Lance Ball took the next bunch and Jeremiah Johnson and C.J. Gable took the final carries of the run-dominated session.
The Broncos went back to the air in the next round of team drills.
RED ZONE RUNDOWN
The offense had 1:35 on the clock and one timeout to move the ball from their own 35-yard line.
Orton was up first and after a few short passes he connected with David Anderson over the middle for a nice gain to set up a field goal.
Tebow was next and he started off with a short screen to Jeremiah Johnson. Tebow then scrambled up the middle for a big gain and he was on the run once again after the next snap — this time dumping the ball off to Johnson who got the offense in range for another field goal.
The team concluded practice with a couple deep prayers and the first one was answered.
On the very first attempt, Quinn launched the ball up into the end zone in the vicinity of Eric Decker. Decker went up for the ball with a group of defenders and the ball was tipped down — but right before it hit the ground, Eddie Royal dove and caught it for the score.
Royal celebrated with a huge smile and linebacker Wesley Woodyard proceeded to chase the wideout around the end zone in sheer disbelief that the catch was made.
The second attempt from Tebow was knocked away by Quinton Carter.
That does it for open practices this training camp, but the team will be back on the field tonight for a walkthrough, and again tomorrow for another walkthrough before camp officially comes to a close.
- Max Henson