This was a practice dominated by the defense. Whether it was in one-on-one drills or 11-on-11 scrimmages, there seemed to constantly be a defender making a play.
That’s not to say the offense didn’t have its moments — but Tuesday evening’s practice belonged to the defense.
Here are some quick hits from the session.
ROLL CALL: A number of veterans who missed this morning’s practice were back on the field for the evening session. Brandon Stokley, Champ Bailey, Jabar Gaffney and Wesley Woodyard were all back at practice.
POSITIONING: The base defense remained fairly true to the depth chart, which was released yesterday. But Robert Ayers was among the players not listed as starters who saw some time with the first unit defense this evening, along with Wesley Woodyard, Darrell Reid, Darcel McBath, Alphonso Smith and Jack Williams in various packages.
DRILLS: The defensive line and outside linebackers showed up today in one-on-ones against the offensive line. First it was Carlton Powell who got a “good push,” according to defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely. Then Rulon Davis put on a quick move and immediately got past his blocker to the quarterback, receiving high-fives from assistant linebackers coach Roman Phifer, Ryan McBean and Robert Ayers. Then it was Darrell Reid’s turn, and he again put on a quick move to blow past his blocker. Ayers was up next, and did the same thing, getting to the inside of his blocker and straight to the quarterback.
PLAYMAKERS: Before practice, Jarvis Moss worked with Nunnely one-on-one, focusing on how to use his hands to fight off blockers. Apparently the tutoring was a success, because Moss was all over the place during practice. During one-on-one drills with the offensive line, Moss thought he had a sack, but Nunnely said he went too far past the quarterback, who would’ve simply stepped up in the pocket and thrown the ball. So on the next rep, Moss ripped past his blocker and got to the quarterback, drawing a “There you go! Good!” from Nunnely.
But Moss wasn’t done. In 11-on-11s, Moss sprinted into the backfield and wrapped up Darius Walker for a loss, bringing loud encouragement from the defense on the sideline. Finally, with the offense and defense practicing the two-minute drill, Moss blitzed and notched a sack on Kyle Orton.
QUICK HITS: It was a hot practice at the start of the session before the sun fell behind some clouds. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan stepped outside in a sweatshirt, only to turn around and go back inside to change, joking, “Man, perfect day for a sweatshirt.”
DAILY JUKEBOX: Just a few songs played this evening, and one was a repeat from this morning. Young Jeezy’s “Bottom of the Map” still drew the same excited reaction from some of the defensive players, though. Here is the rest of the playlist.
The team will be back on the field at 1 p.m. MDT tomorrow for an approximately two-hour session.
More pictures from practice below.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
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