More action from Dove Valley on Monday. The team may have been feeling the heat early, but as practice wore on the intensity heated up as well, and several big plays were made by both the offense and defense. It seemed to be the defense that shined the brightest on day four, however. Now for some quick hits.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: Montrae Holland did not take part in practice after participating in the jog-through yesterday afternoon…Peyton Hillis and Chad Mustard were on the out of pads list with a left hamstring and right hamstring, respectively…Boss Bailey, D.J. Williams and Selvin Young each came to practice about an hour after it started. Head Coach Mike Shanahan said he knew about the situation and said the players were excused. Williams explained that it was because of the NFL drug policy. “They didn’t allow us to come out until we gave them a sample … I weigh 7 pounds heavier than I usually do, I drank 10 to 12 waters.”
POSTURING FOR POSITION: With Bailey and Williams inside for the first half of practice, Louis Green and Jamie Winborn took their spots, running with the first unit linebackers along with Nate Webster at the Mike position.
On the inside of the defensive line, Alvin McKinley rotated in for Dewayne Robertson and Ebenezer Ekuban subbed for Kenny Peterson on the first unit.
FOCAL POINTS: The team worked on field goals, the typical 11-on-11s and some one-on-ones between DBs and receivers in the endzone. New to today’s practice was a drill involving three OLs, a QB and two RBs against two DLs and two LBs. Another drill involved two receivers and a quarterback against two corners and a safety. In that drill, rookie Josh Barrett played as the safety on every snap — he had a near-interception early on.
TAKE AWAYS: On three consecutive snaps during 11-on-11 drills, Marcus Thomas blew up the play — twice causing errant throws and once making a run-stopping tackle.
- Early in practice, Ryan Clady (No. 78) was blocking well on a running play and Jamie Winborn ended up on the ground after a big shove. Winborn clapped as he got up — “Good work, 7-8,” he said.
- Domonique Foxworth picked off a pass during a drill in the endzone, then proceeded to sprint all the way down the field to the other endzone while the entire offense left the sideline and chased him.
- During 11-on-11s when the offense was attempting to drive down the field, Brandon Marshall caught a bomb and streaked past defenders into the endzone. On the way back to the huddle, Louis Green joked to reporters, “Don’t none of y’all write that down.”
- Foxworth continued his solid play during camp, almost gathering in another interception in front of Glenn Martinez. Martinez broke up the play, however, and almost caught the ball with one hand on the way to the ground.
- Rookie Ryan Torain busted through a big hole in the line to a lot of crowd applause after Tom Nalen and Nate Webster ran into each other.
- The defense was on top of things Monday. During the two receivers vs. three DBs drill, Brandon Stokley dashed past rookie Jack Williams and called for the ball. Cutler let loose a spiral, but Jack Williams burst up to Stokley to break up the play.
- Champ Bailey continued to be Champ Bailey on Monday, leaping for a big interception during 11-on-11s that drew ooohs from the crowd.
- Kicker Matt Prater made 7-of-8 from 40-45 yards out. A camera tower was positioned directly between the goalposts, and Prater made a habit of hitting the platform on almost every kick. That reminds me of a story from the first day camp — Prater was lined up, practicing FGs on the field closest to the building. On a short kick, Prater lined up and booted the ball directly through the uprights — and over the protective net. The ball landed on top of a car in the player parking lot. No word on whether someone was a little unhappy with a dented roof.
QUOTABLE: “Nope. I stink. ‘Cause Champ’s here, and as long as Champ’s here I stink.”
-Domonique Foxworth, on whether he’s impressed with how he’s played so far in camp.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com