Saturday’s scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium served as more than just a well-attended first chance to go full speed.
It also got the players ready for the Broncos’ trip to Chicago to take on the Bears on Thursday. Certain aspects of the game simply can’t be replicated at the team’s practice facility at Dove Valley.
“It gave us an ‘ante up’ for next week,” safety Rahim Moore said. “We were getting used to the fan base, having coaches on the sideline, getting the calls in early and late. It was a good simulation for next week’s game.”
Linebacker Von Miller said that between now and Thursday evening’s date with the Bears, the players will have just the right amount of time to recover from Saturday’s live scrimmage, and more importantly, be ready for Chicago.
“Rest a little bit, get our bodies back right,” Miller said. “And get ready to go out there and play in Chicago — get it started.”
With the start of the preseason looming larger every day, safety Mike Adams said that Saturday’s scrimmage moves the team one step closer to the time of year that the players live for—the regular season.
“Us vets, we always think like that,” Adams said. “This is my ninth year. I’m ready for it to be for real. I’m ready for this thing to get going.”
For the Broncos’ rookies, Saturday afternoon was their introduction to what an NFL stadium sounds like. But playing in front of the fans also benefited a handful of players who have long since become accustomed to the noise level of the National Football League.
“I think it’s very beneficial,” quarterback Peyton Manning said about the scrimmage. “Any time we can get into these game-like experiences, it’s important. I know we’re looking forward to learning from it and trying to be better against Chicago on Thursday.”