The Broncos returned to the Dove Valley practice field on a bright and sunny Thursday morning for the first of two workouts today for early reporting players.
During the opportunity practice that lasted roughly an hour, coaches emphasized teaching for the rookies, quarterbacks and select veterans who took the field for the second straight day.
Once again, the team’s thin numbers at certain positions meant coaching assistants and members of the team’s equipment crew had to fill in to help out during certain drills.
The team returns to the practice field this afternoon at 3 p.m.
The defensive coaches made a special point to concentrate on the little things during the workout, focusing on positioning and technique with the young players. Defensive coordinator Don Martindale, secondary coach Ed Donatell and assistant linebackers coach Roman Phifer stressed pre-snap stance and knowing assignments during a 7-on-7 walk-through against coaches and equipment staff.
At one point, Martindale urged players to “Show off your athleticism. Don’t just be waist-benders.”
Later during a short 11-on-11 period, Martindale counseled Cassius Vaughn after the young cornerback committed an apparent pass interference penalty against Patrick Honeycutt.
On the next play, Vaughn drew Martindale’s praise as he shadowed Kenny McKinley on a sideline pass that fell incomplete.
RUNNING BACK ATTACK:
One position group that hasn’t had to worry about numbers is the running backs, showing the competition to join the returning backfield of Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter has already begun.
The team’s other five running backs — J.J. Arrington, Lance Ball, Toney Baker, Bruce Hall and Kolby Smith — have each taken part in both workouts, getting a chance to work with first-year running backs coach Eric Studesville.
During this morning’s practice, the group worked on taking hand-offs and receiving short passes from quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn.
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com
Below are pictures from Thursday morning’s workout: