Day three of training camp got underway Sunday morning at Dove Valley.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: Dewayne Robertson was out of pads… Chad Mustard remained out of uniform after being placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday… Edell Shepherd watched practice from the far sidelines, Shepherd was placed on IR yesterday after suffering a left knee injury during day one of camp… Rookie Spencer Larsen returned to practice after missing the last three sessions attending to a family emergency… Montrae Holland continues to work with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten to get to his reporting weight.
POSTURING FOR POSITION: Jay Cutler, Selvin Young, Brandon Marshall, Darrell Jackson, Brandon Stokely and Daniel Graham all took reps as the first offense unit during the morning session. The offensive line first unit was made up of Ryan Clady, Ben Hamilton, Tom Nalen, Chris Kuper and Ryan Harris.
The first unit defense was comprised of Champ Bailey, Dre’ Bly, Hamza Abdullah and John Lynch as the defensive backs, Boss Bailey, Nate Webster and D.J. Williams at linebackers and John Engelberger, Alvin McKinley, Kenny Peterson and Elvis Dumervil on the defensive line.
FOCAL POINTS: The team worked on one-on-one drills with the defensive line going against the offensive line, running backs and tight ends going up against linebackers and safeties and receivers going up against corners. The return team took some reps on kickoffs.
KEY PLAYS: Tony Scheffler was unstoppable going 4 for 4 during tight end/ running back one-on-ones.
There was a marquee matchup during wide receiver one-on-ones with Brandon Marshall lining up against Champ Bailey numerous times. Marshall completed the first catch in the corner of the endzone. On their second rep Bailey kept Marshall from completing the pass inbounds making Marshall’s touchdown grab null. Marshall gave Bailey some friendly trash talking moments after the play. “Hey Champ, did you like my move?” Bailey smiled back at Marshall shaking his head. On their third and final meeting during the drill Bailey played tight on Marshall causing the receiver to slip and fall as he tried to make a sliding grab.
Ryan Harris bounced back and had a great day during offensive line versus defensive line one-on-ones. Harris was a roadblock for oncoming defenders and even stopped Elvis Dumervil who had made it by Ryan Clady earlier in practice.
Josh Mallard continued to impress, consistently winning his matchups during one-on-ones.
Eddie Royal touched the ball on three of the team’s 10 kickoffs and was able to hit the hole hard and quick.
The offense and defense went against each other in numerous drills including 7-on-7, 9-on-9, and 11-on-11 drills.
The run defense brought it during during 9-on-9 drills stuffing the run on throughout the drill. The intensity level was elevated as the team was running the drill at full contact.
One player that stood out during the drill was rookie running back Anthony Alrdige. Alridge was one of the few Broncos backs able to break a sizeable gain, two runs of about 15 yards each, against the defense.
Brandon Marshall made a nice snare in traffic of approximately 15 yards to begin 11-on-11 drills.
On the defensive side of the ball safety Roderick Rogers had two interceptions off tipped passes, the first deflecting off the hands of Marshall and the second coming off of tight end Nate Jackson.
Boss Bailey and Hamza Abdullah both broke up passes in traffic. Bailey’s play earned him the praises of Head Coach Mike Shanahan for his effort.
Young had a long run at the end of practice that impressed both fans and teammates. He juked past Jarvis Moss into the open field along the sideline before being pushed out of bounds.
The Broncos will be back on the field this afternoon.
For a photo gallery from this morning’s session click here.
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com