It may be Wednesday on the calendar, but in the Broncos’ world, it’s actually Friday, with tomorrow being Saturday and Friday being Sunday.
Since this is the first week that the team has switched over to their regular season weekly schedule, Friday’s preseason contest against the Green Bay Packers has turned things somewhat upside down. It all makes at least a little sense when you take into account that the Broncos are treating this week like it may as well be in the middle of the season, thus Friday is being treated like a gameday Sunday.
And since today is actually Friday in Bronco-world, the team went through their regular Friday practice schedule. The Broncos took the field for their 90 minute jog-through wearing jerseys and shorts, but no pads or helmets. Many of them donned visors or hats throughout the entire practice. All in all, it was light morning of final preparation for the Packers.
Boss Bailey and Daniel Graham did not participate in practice as they continue to recover from their injuries. Ebenezer Ekuban sat out practice as well.
Each position group performed their individual drills before convening for 11-on-11 and 7-on-7. With such a light practice, specific notes and plays were few and far between. But the team made up for it in laughs.
Brandon Marshall has made himself known for often wearing Broncos pajama pants in place of the regular warmups during practice. Today, he came out with some new Broncos PJs that drew quite a few stares from both on and off the field.
At one point between plays, Nate Webster was walking along the sidelines. On his hands. The ninth-year linebacker did a handstand and took a few steps before returning to his feet. If only we had been prepared with a camera.
In one goal line drill, Mike Leach ran a pass pattern to the back pylon, with Marlon McCree covering him. Leach ran a little faster than McCree was expecting, forcing McCree to sprint to catch up.
“Very few people can run with me. Don’t feel bad,” Leach said with a laugh.
“Man! I did just run with you!” replied McCree.
Later in practice, the special teams took to the field for some punt coverage work. Coach Scott O’Brien was shouting directions to his players, and in the middle of one sentence, his voice cracked, drawing some laughter and immitation from the players.
The big play of the day came during 11-on-11 drills with the starting defense going up against a scout offense. Darrell Hackney threw to a receiver on a comeback route, but his pass fluttered a little high. Champ Bailey, Marquand Manuel and McCree all converged, but since they were all going at about half speed, they all looked at each other as if waiting for someone else to make the play. Manuel went up and picked off the pass, laughing with his fellow DBs as he came back down.
Near the end of practice, Brett Kern, Sam Paulescu and Matt Prater went to the next field over to work on holding for Prater’s field goals. Jay Cutler ran over and held for a few kicks as well.
Friday’s also offer something a little different after practice — different food, to be specific. With no meetings after practice, players jet out of Dove Valley pretty quickly, but not before snagging all the pizza and fried chicken they can carry.
Now for some pictures from practice:
Also, tickets are still available for this weekend’s game against the Green Bay Packers on Friday at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MDT.
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– Adam Zinser, DenverBroncos.com