After a short press conference with Head Coach Mike Shanahan, John Lynch officially announced that he is leaving the Broncos to explore other options. The Broncos granted his release.
I have always looked at Lynch as one of the class acts in the NFL. He has been one of my all-time favorite players for as long as I can remember following football. I wish that I could have worked with him more.
47, best of luck in all your future endeavors!
Now on to some of the meat from this morning’s practice.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: After participating in yesterday afternoon’s jog-through practice, Montrae Holland continued to work out on his own this morning. Tom Nalen continued to watch from the sidelines to rest his knee, but he kept his eyes on all the offensive line action. Michael Pittman donned his jersey, but was yet again out of pads. He stuck with the rest of the running backs, observing and giving pointers. Peyton Hillis and Chad Mustard both remained sidelined with their sore hamstrings. Also out of pads was Ebenezer Ekuban. He was on the field watching the action, but not participating.
POSTURING FOR POSITION: Wiegmann continued to work at center with Nalen out, and today he spoke with a couple reporters after practice.
“I’m getting reps in there with the starters, and the important thing is actually me getting used to them,” Wiegmann said. “I have been so used to my guys in Kansas City, so it’s just getting a feel for everybody here. That’s part of camp.”
Jarvis Moss and Marcus Thomas joined Tim Crowder in taking turns rotating in with the first unit D-line during 11-on-11 drills.
Nate Jackson continued to work with the ones, and the quarterbacks continued to look his way. He even split out to the slot or wide receiver position for several plays.
Cecil Sapp got back in the action at fullback, taking many of the snaps at that position. Brett Pierce also rotated in at FB.
The competition at MLB continued with Nate Webster back with the first unit while Niko Koutouvides ran with the twos. At this point, there is no way to even make an educated guess as to who will win the starting job.
Josh Mallard got into the action with the first unit defense as well, rotating in at DT.
FOCAL POINTS: There weren’t as many big plays on either side of the ball as has been the case in earlier practices, nor were there any glaring mistakes. Both the offense and defense looked as if they were focusing on being consistent. If I had to take a side, I would say the offense may have just barely edged out the defense for the top spot this morning.
TAKE AWAYS: Laughter again filled the air as the team went through stretches and breakdowns. It wasn’t a rookie leading the group this time. Instead, the team welcomed one of the training room assistants, Masashi “Mabo” Yamamura. The team chanted “Mabo” and clapped as he led the breakdown, and with his height somewhere in the mid-five-foot range, it was quite a sight to see.
- New to practice were a set of NFL referees who officiated today’s action and will later give a rules seminar to the players. Naturally, anytime a play went wrong, both the offense and defense would call for penalty flags.
- Nate Jackson continued his strong showing at tight end while also splitting out to the slot receiver position. He even split out wide once or twice. Cutler and Ramsey both connected with him several times. In a play of the day contender, Cutler tossed a high ball to Jackson in the corner of the endzone. Both he and Hamza Abdullah went up for the ball, and Abdullah had a shot at the interception, but Hamza missed and instead tipped the ball up into the air. Jackson maintained concentration and was able to haul in the wobbly ball for a touchdown.
- Brett Pierce worked at both tight end and fullback, but his play of the day contender came at TE during 7-on-7 drills. Pierce ran straight down the hashmarks, splitting two defenders, and Cutler launched the ball to him. Pierce made a leaping fingertip grab in tight coverage, tucking the ball as he came down flat on the turf.
- During QB to WR drills, Cutler would always hit Marshall first followed by Royal second on the next play. They seem to be working on building chemistry, and it is working.
- Brandon Stokley beat Dre’ Bly, resulting in a touchdown during WR-DB drills. Bly pleaded with the refs to throw an offensive interference flag but was denied. Stokley taunted the not-so-happy Bly by dancing around a little in the endzone.
- Eddie Royal continues to be a big hit at camp, snaring several tough passes that got the crowd cheering. One the crowd couldn’t see, because it was on the opposite field, may have been his best of the day. In tight coverage, he caught a fastball from Cutler that was thrown behind him as he was falling down. Royal continues to get the first crack at every punt return.
- Anthony Alridge aka “Quick”, as his teammates and coaches call him, practically juked fellow undrafted rookie Wesley Woodyard out of his shoes. After breaking through a hole, Alridge stutter-stepped as Woodyard approached. As Woodyard stepped up to make the tackle, Alridge made a big juke to the right. Woodyard couldn’t adjust and simply fell to the ground.
- The final play of the day contender came when Cutler launched a high ball on a rope to Keary Colbert. Though Karl Paymah had good tight coverage, Colbert went up and snared the ball on his fingertips, hauling it in on a sideline comeback route, tearing his long sleeves in the process.
- The defense had its fair share of big plays as well, beginning with Marcus Thomas. He burst through the O-line and stopped Ryan Torain in the backfield.
- Jack Williams had a strong showing in WR-DB drills. He broke up a couple passes and had Bly encouraging and coaching him from the sideline.
- Domonique Foxworth closed quickly and broke up a bullet of a pass from Darrell Hackney to Royal.
- Selvin Young ran a sweep around the left side and Nate Webster read and followed the play from the beginning. Young barely made it back to the line of scrimmage before Webster shoved him out of bounds.
- Dre’ Bly closed out the morning on a high note by intercepting Patrick Ramsey on the final play of the practice session.
- Finally, it was a record-setting day at Dove Valley, with over 1,100 fans making it out to watch this morning’s session. It really was a huge crowd, and we thank you for coming out to cheer on the Broncos!
- And new news on the John Lynch front…he and Coach Shanahan will be speaking together at the podium outside at 3:30 this afternoon. Make sure you check back here shortly thereafter for all the info!
Pictures to come…
– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com
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