While some players were just getting to know Interim Head Coach Eric Studesville Wednesday morning, the running backs already knew what they would see.
After working with the coach all year, Correll Buckhalter said he observed no differences in the way Studesville addressed the team as the head coach and how he used to treat his position players.
“He was the same that he’s always been in the running backs room,” Buckhalter said. “He talked about how all he knew how to do was work. He wants everybody to come to work happy and just feel like you want to come here.”
Studesville’s exuberance for the game has been a common theme at Dove Valley during the past two days.
On Tuesday, in his first meeting with the press as head coach, Studesvillle explained that he wanted his players to share his affinity for the workplace.
“Positive energy always goes a long way,” Mario Haggan said. “That’s what you want to have, and in this game, if you don’t have positive energy, then you get negative results.”
Haggan’s history with Studesville goes beyond Denver. The linebacker’s time with the Bills coincided with the coach’s tenure in Buffalo.
Over the years, Haggan said he has come to know the coach as a man ready to go to work with a skip in his step. Now he said he’s excited to see Studesville bring that style to the head coaching position.
“I think that’s what he wants — to put his own stamp on it and the opportunity he has to lead this team,” Haggan said. “I think he’ll continue to be that way.”
Studesville projected confidence in the way he’ll handle his new position. When reporters asked him what coaches he would seek to emulate, he kept it simple.
He said he would stick to his own values, being upfront and honest with his players and encouraging a fun, hard-working atmosphere.
“I try to be the best me I can. I’m not going to try and be somebody else. I’m not going to try and be something I am not,” Studesville said. “I think this is just an enhanced version of what I have done with the running backs. I just now have the whole team.”
THREE FRESH FACES
The coach also announced two new members to the active roster and an addition to the practice squad.
Linebacker Lee Robinson earned a promotion up from the practice squad, and tight end Daniel Coats is back with the team after he was signed for a day earlier this year.
Robinson’s departure from the practice squad opened up a space for running back Jeremiah Johnson, a University of Oregon product who spent last year on injured reserve with the Texans. As a senior at Oregon in 2008, Johnson rushed for 1,201 yards, the sixth-highest total in school history.
WOODYARD’S TOY STORY
On Monday, Dec. 13, Wesley Woodyard and his 16 Ways Foundation will be hosting the their First Annual Toy Drive at the Denver Aquarium.
Each one of the 200 guests in attendance will bring a toy as admission to the event. Toys will be given to The Tennyson Center, Samaritan Homeless Shelter, Owens Boys & Girls Club and The Wilfley Boys and Girls Club.
NFL footballs, autographed player jerseys and game day shoes worn and signed by D.J. Williams will be available by auction.
Confirmed guests include Champ Bailey, D.J. Williams, Eddie Royal, Ryan Clady and many more.
Click here to purchase your tickets. The price of admission is $25 and a donation of one unwrapped toy.
-Gabe Hiatt, DenverBroncos.com
Below are photos from Wednesday’s practice: