The Broncos were back out on the practice field for the nightcap of their Wednesday two-a-day sessions. Several players shined, with big plays in the passing game on both sides of the ball.
Here are some quick hits from the session:
With Stokley back in the mix, the Broncos displayed a series of five wide-receiver sets. Jabar Gaffney, Kenny McKinley, Eddie Royal, and Chad Jackson all saw time at the receiver posts, while LaMont Jordan, Peyton Hillis, and Tony Scheffler all saw time split out wide as the fifth man.
ROLL CALL: After missing the morning practice, Ben Hamilton, Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Correll Buckhalter and Brandon Stokley all participated in the evening session. Not on the practice field were Casey Wiegmann, Wesley Woodyard, D.J. Williams, Daniel Graham, Jack Williams, Brandon Lloyd and Knowshon Moreno.
POSITIONING: With Williams and Woodyard sitting out, Darrell Reid received the majority of the reps at outside linebacker, while Mario Haggan slid to the inside spot. Andra Davis manned Williams’ jack position, while Elvis Dumervil kept his normal outside post on the right side.
With Hamilton back and Wiegmann out, Seth Olsen got to complete his full day of work with the first team at left guard. Hamilton slid over to center.
The No. 1 punt team this evening consisted of Reid, Hillis, Mario Haggan, Vernon Fox, Darcel McBath, Jeb Putzier, Richard Quinn, David Bruton, and Josh Barrett. Alphonso Smith and Eddie Royal grabbed the majority of the returns.
DRILLS:Defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely unveiled a new “chute” drill. Lining up under a post about five feet high, each defender got in a three point stance. Once the ball next to them was snapped, they were told to “come straight out of the chute” – pushing forward toward a teammate holding a pad.
Offensive line coach Rick Dennison had his six tackles work on footwork and discipline at their position. The object was to shove their opponent out of the way, without drawing any penalties.
Tight ends coach Clancy Barone also used the chute to work with Quinn, Scheffler, Putzier and Marquez Branson on staying low when changing direction of their routes over the middle of the field.
Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer worked with a new kicker on field goals. Priefer kept close watch as rookie Britton Colquitt practiced from 30 and 35 yards out. Colquitt was 2 for 3 from each spot.
Priefer also worked with his gunners on downing punts inside the 10-yard line. Both Barrett and Bruton drew praise on several attempts, keeping their body between the ball and the end zone.
PLAYMAKERS: Rested up from taking the morning session off, Bailey and Dawkins showcased why they have each made seven trips to the Pro Bowl.
When asked Sunday if playing with a heavy wrap on his injured right hand was any issue for him, Dawkins said no. His play in this session proved it, as he snagged an interception with one hand on a pass from Kyle Orton intended for Gaffney.
Chris Simms was also victimized by a defensive gem, as Bailey made a smooth inside move to rob Nate Swift of a 15-yard completion near the far sideline.
On the last play of practice, Scheffler showed his range. Orton took a bootleg left, where he saw Scheffler wave his right hand. With two defenders closing in, Scheffler used that same hand to make a diving touchdown catch in the back left corner of the end zone, right as the horn sounded.
QUICK HITS: With his patented dance moves in hand, Reid continued to keep his teammates’ spirits up in other respects. In 1-on-1 drills between the defensive line and offensive line, he made a series of spin moves to beat his blocker. That got his teammates to call him “And 1 Mix Tape, The Professor.” Reid also worked with the offense as a wide receiver during early drills. While running in motion, he told his teammates “I’m a possession receiver.”
The first song of tonight’s jukebox was Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight.” Ronald Fields enjoyed it enough that right before the start of 11-on-11s, he warmed himself up by singing the tune again to himself and his nearby teammates. That spurred the nose tackle to clog the middle of the line and make two strong stops on handoffs to Buckhalter and Jordan.
Before all the players came out, several coaches showed off their arm strength. Coaching Assistant Ben McDaniels and Secondary Coach Ed Donatell played catch, firing tight spirals 20 yards downfield. McCoy worked exclusively with Tom Brandstater on the same skills, giving him pointers on how to position his fingers on the ball.
DAILY JUKEBOX: From the Phil Collins opener, the music just kept getting richer. Here’s this evening’s playlist:
T.I. – “My Life, Your Entertainment”
2Pac – “California Love”
Metallica – “Don’t Tread on Me”
Pearl Jam – “Rearview Mirror”
The Roots – “The Seed 2.0”
Rick Ross – “Everyday I’m Hustlin”
Young Jeezy – “Bottom of the Map” and “Put On”
Guns & Roses – “Welcome to the Jungle”
Modest Mouse – “Float On”
Here are a few more pictures from the evening session.
-Chris Gentilviso, DenverBroncos.com
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