With rookie Darcel McBath placed on injured reserve earlier this week and veteran Renaldo Hill sitting out Wednesday and Thursday’s practice sessions with an ankle injury, David Bruton knows full well that he might have extra duties on his plate come Sunday’s Week 15 matchup against the Raiders.
If or when his number is called, the rookie safety plans to make the most of those opportunities.
“You want to seize the moment and seize the day,” Bruton said. “And that’s exactly what I want to do if I get the chance — go out there and perform at a very high level.”
Bruton is confident that he can fill whatever secondary assignments he is asked to accomplish. That confidence stems from the fact that the Notre Dame product believes he has improved steadily since arriving to Dove Valley.
That progress is thanks to the help of all his defensive back counterparts, including starters Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins, Andre’ Goodman and Hill.
“All veteran guys have had some type of tidbit, some type of hint to give to me to help me improve my game,” he said.
Bruton’s teammates have taken notice of the first-year pro’s maturity on the football field, and they too have plenty of assurance in the 6-foot-2, 211-pound safety’s ability to complement the club’s other defensive backs come Sunday, or any other time for that matter.
“He’s been great when he was in there in the preseason, and he has been great on special teams for us,” Bailey said. “This is his opportunity to go in there and make some plays for us and step up when we need it. I have all the confidence in the world in him. He’s smart, he knows what he’s doing, so I just hope we don’t miss a beat.”
Dawkins echoed similar sentiments about Bruton’s ability to step up if need be. He has sat next to Bruton in team meetings all season long — passing along words of wisdom to the safety when he sees fit — and he believes those study sessions could come in handy if Bruton is thrown into the heat of battle against Oakland.
“I’m always whispering different things to him to allow him to see what I see, what I’m seeing on the field and why I do certain things,” Dawkins said. “Hopefully, it will allow him to be able to step into this position and be able to be where he needs to be right away from some of the things that we’ve talked about.”
There were three changes to the Broncos Week 15 Injury Report on Thursday. After not practicing on Wednesday, Elvis Dumervil (toe) and Brandon Lloyd (not injury related), participated in full during Thursday’s practice session. A limited participant in Wednesday’s practice, Knowshon Moreno (ankle) also participated in full on Thursday.
There was one change to the Raiders Week 15 Injury Report. After not being listed on Wednesday’s injury report, DE Matt Shaughnessy was a limited participant in Oakland’s Thursday practice session.
– Zach Eisendrath, DenverBroncos.com
Below are some pictures from the onset of Thursday’s practice session.