For the second day in a row, the Broncos practiced in shorts, shells and helmets. Tuesday marked the first time since his signing that safety Jim Leonhard has participated, as Leonhard has been working his way back from a knee injury.
While Leonhard took part in practice, a number of players did not. Defensive end Jason Hunter (triceps), guard Chris Kuper (forearm), defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson (concussion), linebacker Keith Brooking (hamstring), wide receiver Andre Caldwell (rib), linebacker Nate Irving (rib), linebacker Mike Mohamed (hamstring) and wide receiver Tyler Grisham (knee).
Head Coach John Fox also announced that the team waived cornerback Joshua Moore, and Leonhard was officially taken off the PUP list. On Tuesday, cornerback Omar Bolden donned No. 31, Moore’s old number.
- Wide receiver Eric Decker came up with a nice catch deep down the sideline, making the reception with cornerback Champ Bailey in coverage.
- Bailey came up with an interception of a pass intended for wide receiver Greg Orton, tipping the ball in the air and catching it while running stride for stride with Orton deep down the sideline.
- The longest pass of the day came on a flea flicker. After handing off the football and having it thrown back to him, quarterback Adam Weber found wide receiver Jason Hill open deep down the sideline for an easy touchdown.
- Early in the practice, wide receiver Mark Dell came up with a nice catch deep down the middle of the field.
- During team drills, cornerback Tracy Porter was able to get a hand on a pass intended for wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, but Thomas was still able to make the catch off the deflection.
- Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga broke through the offensive line for a ‘sack’ during a team drill.
- Former Broncos wide receivers Vance Johnson and Mark Jackson both attended Tuesday’s practice. Johnson and Jackson, along with Ricky Nattiel, made up the Broncos’ “Three Amigos,” a trio of pass catchers that stood out for Denver during the 1980s and 1990s. Johnson said he was impressed with what he saw watching Manning in person.
“(Owner) Pat Bowlen actually asked us to get suited up and come out here and get a tryout, but he asked us to sign a waiver first and I wasn’t willing to do that,” Johnson laughed.
- For the second day in a row, quarterback Peyton Manning worked separately with rookie running back Ronnie Hillman, this time with Manning walking through end zone routes, slowly demonstrating how and when to cut. In addition to working with Hillman one-on-one, Manning got some extra work in with tight end Jacob Tamme and wide receiver Brandon Stokley.