The Broncos held a walk-through Friday morning in preparation for Saturday’s preseason opener at Houston.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: Champ Bailey, Hamza Abdullah, Dewayne Robertson and Tom Nalen were all out of uniform during the practice and Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced that they will all be out against the Texans. He also said that Dre’ Bly will be only out on the field in nickel coverage.
POSTURING FOR POSITION: Eddie Royal took reps with the first unit and will start at wide receiver opposite Brandon Marshall on Saturday.
TAKE AWAYS: Positional units practiced together going over formations and assignments. The team also had some 7-on-7 walk-through with the offense taking on the defense. To end practice the team went over which squads should be on the field at certain times. Shanahan would shout a unit for example “first unit field goal” and those 11 players would run on the field. Then he would tell certain players to go to the sideline and their backups would rush onto the field.
QUOTABLE: “He would not be working with the starting unit unless he has proven to us that he is very consistent and he deserves that chance to start. For a guy to get that chance to start kind of gives you an idea of how hard he has been working and what he has done in practice.”
-Head Coach Mike Shanahan, on starting rookie Eddie Royal at wide receiver on Saturday at Houston.
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com