The Broncos’ Thursday afternoon practice brought out the rain and several additions to the list of participants.
Some familiar faces and some new acquisitions took part in their first practice of training camp thanks to the official start of the league year with a large crowd on hand despite the rain and cooler temperatures at Dove Valley.
NFL Referee Bill Leavy and his crew were on the field as well after giving a presentation to the club on rule changes earlier this afternoon.
Familiar faces safety Brian Dawkins, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, kicker Matt Prater and defensive linemen Marcus Thomas and Ryan McBean were finally able to fully participate in practice after days of watching from the sidelines.
Dawkins immediately replaced rookie Quinton Carter on the first-team defense and with D.J. Williams still out due to injury, Woodyard stepped into the first-team for rookie Mike Mohamed. Thomas rotated in for second-team snaps.
The long list of free agent signings — which includes running back Willis McGahee, wide receiver David Anderson, tight ends Daniel Fells and Dante Rosario, and defensive linemen Ty Warren and Derrick Harvey also got a chance to practice with their new team for the first time.
McGahee rotated with Knowshon Moreno for first team snaps, with Moreno still seeing the majority of the carries.
Fells saw extensive first-team action, while Rosario and Anderson worked their way into the second-team offense.
Warren and Harvey were placed on the second-team defensive line, with Elvis Dumervil, Kevin Vickerson, Brodrick Bunkley and Robert Ayers rounding out the first-team once again this afternoon.
LenDale White, Brandon Bing and Louis Leonard did not practice.
MUSIC TO THEIR EARS
For the first time all camp, the team was treated to some music during the team stretch.
“Atomic Dog” by George Clinton, “Hey Ya!” by Outkast and “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2 were played in that order to the delight of those in attendance.
GOAL LINE GETS DEFENSIVE
Orton found Dan Gronkowski wide open in the corner of the end zone on a play-action toss during the first play of the goal-line session, but that was the only score the offense would record.
The defense stepped up and stopped the offense on five straight plays from inside the 5-yard line, keeping the ball out of the end zone. Woodyard and Nate Irving both had nice plays against the run — especially Irving, who broke free and stopped Mario Fannin for a loss.
A play-action attempt from Quinn on the offense’s fifth goal line play failed to fool the defense as Vickerson got to the quarterback for a sack.
The team will be back on the field tomorrow afternoon from 2:20 to 5 p.m. in a session free and open to the public.
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