Day 18: A.M. Blog
August 17th, 2009 - 11:59am by Chris Gentilviso
The Broncos were back with the morning sun on Monday, practicing in full pads for the first time since their preseason opener against the 49ers. Unlike Sunday’s walkthrough, the offense and defense saw plenty of 11-on-11 action.
ROLL CALL: Brian Dawkins and Brandon Marshall were back on the field again Monday, with Dawkins again practicing with an orange jersey and wrap on his right hand. With Brandon Stokley and Brandon Lloyd receiving the morning off, Marshall got in plenty of reps with the first teamers on offense.
Also not practicing this morning were Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, Correll Buckhalter and Pat Murray.
Head Coach Josh McDaniels said Rulon Davis has been released.
POSITIONING: With a few first-teamers not practicing, several players got their chance to work with the No. 1 offense and defensive units. Joshua Bell and Alphonso Smith both saw time at cornerback in place of Bailey, while Chad Jackson joined Marshall on four-wide receiver sets.
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer gave several players opportunities to demonstrate their skills on punt returns. After solid debuts against San Francisco, Kenny McKinley and Alphonso Smith continued to see action. Joining them were C.J. Jones and Matthew Willis.
DRILLS: McDaniels spent time working with the offense on a bevy of routes in 7-on-7s minus the defense. McDaniels shadowed as a defensive back, making sure his receivers were stopping in the right spot and the quarterbacks were delivering the ball to the outside shoulder.
The tight ends and offensive linemen teamed up against the defensive linemen and linebackers in two-on-two contact drills. The goliaths of this set were Ryan Clady and Daniel Graham squaring off against Kenny Peterson and Elvis Dumervil. Graham pulled right to guard Peterson, while Clady secured the weak side against Dumervil.
Defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely worked extensively with nose tackles Ronald Fields and Chris Baker. Both players worked on their hands and footwork, lining up directly in front of each other. They also participated in a drill where a teammate lined up as a guard next to a sled, simulating the 2-on-1 push required at the front of the 3-4 defense.
Priefer closed out practice with a field goal block drill. With Britton Colquitt lined up at kicker and Brett Kern at holder, Priefer had his rush work in pairs to block the incoming kicks. Drawing praise were Bell and Renaldo Hill, as well as Baker and Nic Clemons.
PLAYMAKERS: With Buckhalter and Moreno not practicing, Peyton Hillis and LaMont Jordan were fixtures in the backfield. Jordan had several strong runs to the outside behind the blocking of Hillis. Marcus Thomas also showed a good first burst on several carries.
Richard Quinn demonstrated a nose for the ball in traffic. He made three catches over the middle of the field, including one where he was hit hard by a streaking Vernon Fox, and another where Darcel McBath and Josh Barrett sandwiched him on the tackle. Quinn was also active behind the line of scrimmage, working as an H-Back on a pair of carries by Thomas.
In red zone defense, Kenny Peterson made his presence felt, bursting free from the offensive line to stop Peyton Hills short of the goal line on a sweep left.
Kyle Orton looked sharp during several periods of 11-on-11s. He had one stretch where he completed five of six passes, including two 40-plus yard bombs to Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney that drew praise from the crowd. The ball to Royal landed perfectly on his outside shoulder, as he used his speed to gain a step on rookie D.J. Johnson. Gaffney wowed the crowd with a one-handed catch at the goal line, using his range to beat the outstretched arms of Smith.
QUICK HITS: The linebackers continue to get more comfortable working out of their 3-4 spots. Wesley Woodyard had a pair of quarterback hurries on Chris Simms, while Darrell Reid made two stops in the backfield from his outside spot.
Marshall not only worked on honing his receiving, but was also put to the test with his blocking. He used his 6-foot-3 frame to make a nice seal block on Andre’ Goodman as Thomas came around the corner on a power run.
Tight ends coach Clancy Barone and linebackers coach Don Martindale made their voices heard to their position players in one-on-one contact drills. As Quinn went up against Tim Crowder, Barone yelled, “Drive it, drive it, drive it, finish it.” Before anything else could be said, Martindale was already yelling at his unit: “You drop your head, you lose your feet.”
DAILY JUKEBOX: After an extensive playlist on Sunday, Monday’s speakers were relatively quiet. The team’s 15-minute stretching session included:
T.I – “My Life, Your Entertainment”
U2 – “Where The Streets Have No Name”
The team will be back on the field at 5:30 p.m. MDT this evening at Dove Valley. That session is open to the public.
More pictures below.
-Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com
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