The Broncos began their second week of training camp Friday morning. Here are some happenings from the a.m. session.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: The out of pads list remained the same as yesterday with Peyton Hillis, Chad Mustard and Tom Nalen not in uniform. Michael Pittman, who was also listed as out of pads, wore his jersey sans his helmet and shoulder pads while observing drills.
Boss Bailey was held out due to inflammation is his knee and Hamza Abdullah was held out the final portion of practice due a sore groin.
POSTURING FOR POSITION: The Broncos 2007 draft class showed its presence on the second unit defensive line. Jarvis Moss, Marcus Thomas and Tim Crowder took the reps along with Alvin McKinley.
For the second straight day Nate Webster took reps with the first unit defense. The competition at middle linebacker is still tight between Webster and Niko Koutouvides.
Casey Wiegmann continued to get reps at center with Tom Nalen out with a sore left knee. An MRI on Nalen’s knee came back negative.
FOCAL POINTS: The Broncos offense was clicking throughout practice but that’s not to say the defense didn’t make its fair share of plays.
The team concentrated on its ground attack for a portion of practice. Andre Hall, Selvin Young each made impressive runs through the tacklers and Anthony Alridge had a pair of solid gains one slicing through the middle and another a streak outside towards the sideline.
During offensive vs. defensive linemen one-on-ones, Ryan Clady twice battled Elvis Dumervil coming away the victor even pushing No. 92 to the ground during their second meeting. Ben Hamilton also had an impressive showing during the drill, stopping his man on each of his reps.
The Broncos also worked on its red-zone offense during 7-on-7 drills. The offense came away with several TD strikes through the air during the drill.
TAKE AWAYS: For the second day the team’s practice was officiated by a group of NFL referees. Penalties were hard to come by but the refs signaled a fair share of touchdowns during the red-zone drill.
Roderick Rogers seems to have a knack for coming away with a tipped football. A pass was tipped straight up in the Broncos secondary and Rogers was able to come away with the ball, his third interception of training camp.
Brandon Marshall, in addition to having several TD grabs in the red-zone, reeled in a long strike along the sideline against Champ Bailey.
The team practiced punt returns with Glenn Martinez, Eddie Royal and Samie Parker, a new additon to the return squad, lining up at returner. Brett Kern and Sam Paulescu rotated taking the snaps at punter but let the JUGS machine make the kicks.
Those are the juicy tid bits from this morning. Check back this afternoon for a recap of this afternoon’s special teams session.
Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com