The Broncos concluded training camp with a roughly two-hour practice session on Thursday afternoon at Dove Valley.
For the last day of camp, the team couldn’t have asked for better weather as temperatures stayed in the mid-70′s for most of the practice — getting a bit warmer at the conclusion of the session — and there wasn’t a cloud in sight.
Donning shorts and shells for its final practice before departing for Seattle, the club worked extensively on 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 situations.
Here are some other quick hits from the session:
ROLL CALL: After missing yesterday evening’s practice, Casey Wiegmann, Wesley Woodyard, D.J. Williams, Daniel Graham and Jack Williams all participated in Thursday’s session.
Not on the practice field were Matt Prater, Brandon Lloyd and Knowshon Moreno.
POSITIONING: During red zone 11-on-11s, the first team defensive unit featured a front seven of Kenny Peterson, Ronald Fields, Ryan McBean, Elvis Dumervil, D.J. Williams, Mario Haggan and Andra Davis, accompanied by a secondary consisting of Andre’ Goodman and Champ Bailey at the cornerback spots and Renaldo Hill and Darcel McBath manning the safety positions with Brian Dawkins also seeing time.
During nickel packages, a host of players including Alphonso Smith, Wesley Woodyard, Robert Ayers and Darrell Reid saw time with the first team.
On the other side of the ball, Chad Jackson spent a good deal of time working with the first unit offense, playing alongside Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley in four wide-receiver sets.
Matthew Willis was back deep returning punts, rotating the duties with Smith and, on occasion, Nate Swift.
DRILLS: Working with linebackers and defensive backs on coverage situations, defensive coordinator Mike Nolan took a hands-on approach, occasionally acting as a wide receiver and zigzagging his way through the defense as he explained different circumstances the unit might encounter.
During an offensive line drill in which technique was stressed, offensive line coach Rick Dennison emphatically let his unit know they “can’t afford to be lazy” with their footwork.
After Orton threw a perfect pass to Scheffler during a one-on-one drill, the tight end turned to his quarterback and told him to remember that play, saying “put that one in the bank.”
PLAYMAKERS: All three quarterbacks looked sharp during red zone 11-on-11s. First, Chris Simms found Scheffler streaking to the left corner of the end zone. A few plays later, Orton found Stokley — running a similar route — for the score. Meanwhile, Tom Brandstater may have made the best pass of the series — firing a pass in back of the end zone right between David Bruton and Jack Williams and connecting with his intended target, Willis.
Stokley was active all afternoon, hauling in pass after pass. During one set of 11-on-11s, he tipped the ball to himself, regained possession and headed down the field.
The defense made its share of plays during the session, too. Smith recorded an interception during one 7-on-7 session. A few plays later, Andra Davis almost had a pick in his possession but couldn’t hold on. After the play, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said “squeeze it.”
During 11-on-11s, Vernon Fox got his hand on the ball to break up a pass intended for Peyton Hillis. A bit later, Dawkins used his non-wrapped left hand to break up a pass near the sideline intended for Scheffler.
Woodyard made arguably the play of the day for the defensive unit, intercepting a Brandstater pass during 11-on-11s and then lateraling the ball to Williams, who proceeded up field.
QUICK HITS: Former Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith was on hand for the team’s training camp finale. After practice, Smith and Eddie Royal chatted for a bit and Smith worked with Royal on his technique.
Prior to practice, offensive linemen Seth Olsen, Stanley Bryant and Clint Oldenburg played catch with the quarterbacks, apparently trying to showcase their perfect spirals.
Filling in for Prater, Britton Colquitt handled kickoff duties during practice. He also attempted four lengthy field goal attempts at the conclusion of the session. While his first one hit the crossbar and his next two landed short, Colquitt drilled his final attempt through the uprights — immediately drawing praise from his teammates as practice came to a close.
DAILY JUKEBOX: The hits kept coming on the team’s final day of training camp, as a plethora of mainstream songs boomed through the speakers. Here’s a sample of camp’s concluding playlist:
T.I. – “My Life, Your Entertainment”
Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising”
Jay-Z – “Heart of the City”
MGMT – “Electric Feel”
Foo Fighters – “Everlong”
Outkast – “Hey Ya”
Young Jeezy – “Bottom of the Map”
Aerosmith – “Dream On”
Tom Petty – “American Girl”
Michael Jackson – “Beat It”
Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
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– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com
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