The Broncos closed out another day of training camp at Dove Valley with an afternoon jog-through. Here are some quick hits from the session.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: The Broncos’ usual cast of veterans had the afternoon off, this included: Champ Bailey, John Lynch, Brandon Stokley, Dewayne Robertson, Ebenezer Ekuban, Darrell Jackson and Tom Nalen. Nalen was also excused from morning workouts.
“(Nalen) is such a hard-nose tough guy that he wants to go four or five days in a row, but it is rest well needed,” said Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
Montrae Holland, who hasn’t participated in the morning sessions because he has been training with Strength Coach Rich Tuten to get to his reporting weight, participated in his second jog through of camp. Holland saw time on the second offensive unit and as part of the scout team defense — the offense runs plays against itself during jog-throughs.
POSTURING FOR POSITION: The team practiced some special teams during this afternoon’s practice. Brett Kern took reps at punter, Sam Paulescu took the punting reps during the morning session, and Eddie Royal, Glenn Martinez and Marquay McDaniel rotated as the returners.
FOCAL POINTS: During the practice the team seemed to be focusing on getting its pursuit team down the field to down the ball near the goal line. The returners weren’t asked to actually field the ball but rather to keep the pursuit team from pinning the ball in deep near the endzone.
TAKE AWAYS: Kern had a booming punt that landed at the one, bounced straight up and came to rest at the 3-yard line.
Champ Bailey had the day off from practice so he decided to coach. He wasn’t coaching his fellow Broncos, he left that up to the men who get paid to do it. Instead the eight-time Pro Bowler was throwing the pigskin around and giving pointers to several of the Broncos young ball boys.
Later in practice teammates Darrell Hackney, Keary Colbert and Daniel Graham joined in the action tossing the ball around with the boys as well.
Brandon Marshall also enjoyed the light afternoon practice joking around with several of the ball boys by stealing their caps and putting them on their heads backwards and sideways.
Maybe one of the ball boys had their vengence on Marshall because for no apparent reason the receiver completed the remainer of practice, three plays, only wearing his left shoe.
After the session concluded many players stayed after for some additional reps and coaching. Marshall, still only wearing one shoe, along with fellow receivers Colbert, Darrell Jackson, Royal, Clifford Russell, Martinez and Taylor Jacobs stopped by the JUGS Machine for additional catches.
Marquand Manuel and Josh Barrett stayed after to get some additional tutelage from coaches Ronnie Bradford and Ryan Slowik.
Larry Birdine and Marcus Thomas joined teammate Jarvis Moss during his usual post-practice session with defensive line coach Jacob Burney.
Hackney and McDaniel spent time after practice playing some good old backyard pitch and catch.
That’s all there is from day five of Broncos training camp. Check in tomorrow for continued coverage. As always keep the comments comming we love hearing from all of you.
Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com