The Broncos took the field for their first post-training camp practice Monday at 11:10 a.m. In its first practice since Saturday night’s 30-10 loss to Seattle, the team practiced in shorts, jerseys, shells and helmets.
Defensive end Jason Hunter (triceps), guard Chris Kuper (forearm), defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (concussion), safety Jim Leonhard (knee), linebacker Keith Brooking (hamstring), wide receiver Andre Caldwell (ribcage), linebacker Nate Irving (ribcage), linebacker Mike Mohamed (hamstring) and cornerback Joshua Moore (hamstring) did not participate in Monday’s practice.
Four players notably made their return to practice — running back Ronnie Hillman, safety Quinton Carter, cornerback Tracy Porter and linebacker Danny Trevathan.
- During a red-zone drill, cornerback Tony Carter intercepted quarterback Adam Weber near the pylon. Carter caught the ball in stride after making a strong break on the football, and looked to have been on his way to a big run-back if the play was live.
- Another interception was recorded by cornerback Chris Harris, who stepped in front of a pass by Brock Osweiler to make the pick.
- Early in practice, wide receiver Jason Hill rose up high to make a leaping reception in the middle of the field.
- On one play during red-zone work, quarterback Peyton Manning dropped back and had several players standing between him and running back Knowshon Moreno on a designed screen play. But Manning patiently waited, and then managed to sidearm a pass through traffic to Moreno.
- Wide receiver Greg Orton came up with a touchdown reception on a tipped pass thrown by Weber.
- During a special teams drill, Hillman and Manning worked on their chemistry on passing plays.
- Before moving to team drills, the defense focused on turnovers to warm up. Each position group worked on various aspects of takeaways, including the tip drill, where one player slaps a pass into the air, with the player behind picking off the deflection. The defensive linemen practiced diving on fumbles and covering the football the proper way. The linebackers did a drill featuring one player tipping a ball headed out of bounds back into the field of play, with another backer focusing on scooping up the bouncing or rolling pigskin.
- Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio got involved with the defensive backs during a walkthrough, standing in as a linebacker and re-routing receivers coming over the middle to help his players understand the defensive scheme and each defender’s specific role.