The Broncos got back to work on Monday, hitting the practice field as a team for the first time in 2010. Players and coaches were energized as the 70-degree weather was perfect to kick off Organized Team Activities.
“I don’t think you could ask for a better day,” Brady Quinn said.
ALL EYES ON THE QBs
Much of the media attention on Monday was focused on — not surprisingly — Quinn and his fellow quarterbacks, including first-round pick Tim Tebow.
The crowd of cameras looked just a big as the first day of rookie camp, most pointed toward Tebow as he ran through drills. As the other quarterbacks participated in the drill, Tebow stood to the side with a football in his hand, going through the motions of dropping back as if he were the one under center.
At one point during practice, the rookie was sent to work with the running backs, throwing passes in the end zone as the backs worked on their route-running.
OFFENSE VS. DEFENSE
For the majority of practice, the offense worked on one field while the defense practiced on the other. But when the horn blew for 7-on-7 drills, the defense tried to use a little intimidation as the group ran to meet the offense.
Shouts of “It’s time!” and “Get ready, we’re coming!” rang out on the field.
Maybe the tactic worked, as the defense made a few plays to start the session. When Quinn stepped in under center, he dropped back and fired a pass for Daniel Graham — but Darcel McBath dove in to break up the pass, much to the delight of his defensive teammates.
Quinn got a little revenge a few plays later, finding space in the defense and dropping in a pass to Brandon Stokley. The connection drew praise from quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels.
The defense backs were active in the drill. Renaldo Hill snared a deep interception on a pass from Tom Brandstater, and Perrish Cox nearly had a pick in his hands toward the end of the drill but the ball fell to the ground. He still picked it up and ran with it, as defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale reminded him to “scoop!” — the defense always goes after a loose ball, regardless of if the play would have been blown dead in a game.
One of the most interesting scenes of the day came in 7-on-7 as well, when a pass intended for Eddie Royal was tipped by Nate Jones. Royal still had a beat on it and looked to haul in the catch on his way to the ground. At the same time, David Bruton ran in and got his hands on the ball as well. Both players wrestled for possession on the ground until the whistle blew and teammates broke up the play. In the end, it was Royal who came up with the ball.
Check out pictures from the session below. We will post a photo gallery with more pictures this afternoon, as well as top story from the day and several videos from Broncos TV, including practice highlights, an interview with Elvis Dumervil, Head Coach Josh McDaniels’ press conference and a package about the day’s events.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com