Saturday morning’s practice brought a welcomed sight as the Broncos took the field in pads for the first time.
It was another hot morning at Dove Valley, but the players were admittedly excited to be back in pads and the energy picked up on the field as a result, with playmakers coming alive once again throughout the session.
After leaving the field yesterday with injuries, rookies Von Miller and Quinton Carter were both back for the start of today’s practice. Both showed no sign of limitation as they rejoined their respective position groups.
In addition to Brian Dawkins — who has yet to practice — veterans D.J. Williams and Renaldo Hill did not participate. All three watched practice in shorts from the sideline.
And fresh after signing their respective tenders, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, kicker Matt Prater and defensive lineman Ryan McBean took in practice from the sidelines as well. The three are not able to take part in practices until the start of the new league year — next Thursday.
NEW DRILLS FOR THE DEFENSE
The introduction of pads signaled a change in the drill selection as each defensive position group rotated through some different stations.
Defensive linemen and linebackers each worked through a wrap-up drill where they shed blockers and stopped a would-be ball carrier. Players were later instructed to step over a series of pads before scooping up a loose ball for a score.
Defensive backs spent some time wrapping up as well in addition to thier interception drills, but all three position groups took a turn at the tackle mat, where players were told to stutter step, sprint towards a tackle dummy held above the mat and launch themselves at it. Those who didn’t wrap up got an earful on their way to the back of the line.
After the drill stations, Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen worked with the linebackers and defensive backs on their coverage assignments with Dawkins surveying the action right beside him.
The Broncos spent much of the first half part of practice working on the running game. Head Coach John Fox has expressed a need for a more balanced offense, and that was evident during team drills, when multiple running plays were called in succession.
The offense also spent a good amount of time hammering out thier blocking assignments on designed plays.
The team will be back on the field tonight at 6 p.m. for a walkthrough session open only to the media.
Look for more coverage on the morning session on DenverBroncos.com shortly. Remember to check the Training Camp page for all our coverage in one central location.
Below are more pictures from Saturday’s morning practice.
- Max Henson
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