Day six closed out with even hotter weather for the afternoon practice, but the players didn’t have to stand out in it for near as long as this morning. This time it was a special teams session that lasted a little less than an hour. Here are some quick hits from a quick practice.
ATTENDANCE REPORT: Michael Pittman was back in pads this afternoon…Peyton Hillis watched practice from the sidelines in shorts and a T-shirt…Several players were allowed to leave practice early, some as few as 15 minutes in. The group included Selvin Young, Daniel Graham and John Engelberger.
POSTURING FOR POSITION: Brett Kern and Sam Paulescu split the punting duties this afternoon.
FOCAL POINTS: The team concentrated on onside kicks for much of the afternoon. The “scoop and score” drill off of a blocked punt was also on the schedule, as was practicing pursuit and blocking on punt returns.
TAKE AWAYS: Matt Prater practiced onside kicks, though the drill was less to see if his teammates could recover it, but more about fielding onside kicks as the opposing team. No balls were fumbled, and players practiced fielding and falling on the football.
- During punting drills, Prater went to the opposite field and continued practicing onside kicks, with a Broncos ball boy fielding them.
- Both Kern and Paulescu boomed a few punts downfield that appeared to have pretty substantial hang time.
That’s about it for today — no field goals almost over the far parking lot wall this afternoon. But know that if anything out of the ordinary does happen, this blog is certainly the place to check it out. The team is back in action tomorrow morning at 8:30, as usual, so check back in with us in the A.M. for more updates.
- Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com