Preseason Week 3: Thursday Practice Blog
August 25th, 2011 - 1:09pm by Kenny Legan
The Broncos came out in shells and shorts for practice Thursday morning as they gear up for their final preseason home game against the Seattle Seahawks just two days away. But even though the team wasn’t in pads, the chest bumps didn’t go away.
In addition to Demaryius Thomas and Ty Warren, defensive tackle Marcus Thomas (pectoral), Jamel Hamler (lower back) and safety David Bruton (concussion) sat out practice today. Bruton watched practice from the sidelines today.
Linebacker Mario Haggan, who hadn’t practiced since injuring his shoulder against the Buffalo Bills Saturday, returned to practice and participated in all his usual drills.
Brandon Lloyd left practice early due to a team decision, and Kyle Orton was excused from the end of practice due to a personal issue.
1. “Beat It” — Michael Jackson
2. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” — Jay-Z
3. “Electric Feel” — MGMT
The Broncos spent the first team session working on end zone possessions from inside the 10-yard line.
Receiver Eric Decker made a nice catch in the end zone from Orton.
The tight ends were active, as Virgil Green caught a touchdown pass from Tim Tebow and Dante Rosario joined the mix with a scoring catch from Brady Quinn. Rosario and Quinn were on the same page, as the quarterback found the tight end on a perfect 20-yard pass down the middle of the field over Rosario’s shoulder later in the day.
Receiver Matt Willis had a nice catch in the end zone one play after he slipped during his route. Orton had the confidence to go back to the emerging fourth-year receiver and Willis validated it.
Linebacker Joe Mays got up to tip a ball destined for the end zone and break up the play. Just moments earlier, in individual drills, the linebackers were working on swatting balls away from receivers from various angles.
Cornerback Nate Jones and safety Darcel McBath both had interceptions on the day. Jones’ came via a Quinn pass tipped by linebacker Deron Mayo and McBath intercepted Adam Weber. After McBath’s interception, Assistant Secondary Coach Sam Garnes gave him a chest bump.
Quinn, who took some first team snaps along with Tebow after Orton’s departure from practice, threw a nice 40-yard pass to receiver Eddie Royal down the sideline.
Kicker Steven Hauschka spent a large portion of practice kicking on his own on the side turf field.
Green had a nice lead block for running back Lance Ball during a scrimmage that freed up the third-year player.
Aside from his interception, McBath also made a nice play to break up a Weber pass intended for Rosario in the end zone.
During a drill that required the linebackers to run around weighted dummy-pads and swat at them with their arms, Von Miller, sporting a new haircut, was one of the only players to knock all four weighted dummy-pads to the ground. He did it twice in a row.
As the Broncos went through special teams drills at the end of practice, the defensive linemen had some fun. One player got a head start and would backpedal around a circle painted on the grass while another player, running forwards, tried to catch him.
Kicker Matt Prater took a break and showed off his soccer skills with some juggling and rainbow maneuvers on the side using the soccer balls that are used in a special teams drill.