Thursday Afternoon Practice Report
July 29th, 2010 - 4:15pm by Gray Caldwell
The Broncos completed their second practice of the day Thursday afternoon — essentially a walkthrough.
The majority of the session was spent in individual position drills, where the rookies and early-reporting veterans ran through plays as if it were a full-team drill during training camp.
“We have 38 players, which is close to half of the roster,” Head Coach Josh McDaniels said. “It is not enough for us, though, to get out there and run a lot of team plays together.”
What the players are getting out of the practices, however, is beneficial for those looking to get a head start. As McDaniels explained in his afternoon press conference, Wednesday’s practice was identical to what Sunday’s training camp kickoff practice will be — with less players and less actual team drills. This morning’s practice was akin to the second day of training camp, tonight’s practice was like day three, and so on.
“So, they’re getting an opportunity in the meeting room to simulate exactly how training camp is going to go, even though we are not going out there and running all those things in a team atmosphere,” the head coach explained. “There’s definitely a ton to be gained.”
The players spent most of the practice with their own position group. For example, the linebackers started out practice pushing a tackling dummy on a sled across the field, then worked on snagging interceptions. Defensive backs covered each other as some ran routes as receivers.
Occasionally, two position groups would work with one another. At one point, Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn practiced timing with the receivers, who ran different routes. After Kenny McKinley ran a route toward the sideline, Orton stopped the play and called him back. The two talked, then the receiver lined back up. McKinley ran a slightly tweaked route this time, and Orton fired a pass between his numbers for a catch.
President and CEO Pat Bowlen was present at the afternoon session. He walked between the two fields, stopping to chat with McDaniels and General Manager Brian Xanders.
The approximately one-hour practice closed with a quick offense versus defense drill. Two standouts during the session were Perrish Cox and McKinley. Early in the drill, Cox cut in front of McKinley and nearly snared an interception, but settled for a pass breakup. Later in the drill, Quinn found McKinley twice — first in the middle of a crowd, and later on a deep ball just past the outstretched arms of Syd’Quan Thompson.
Below are pictures from the afternoon session. The team will be back on the field at 11 a.m. tomorrow.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Tags: 2010, Rookies, Training Camp