Here we are, back at Dove Valley for the start of another training camp. The fields are green and pristine, the sun made for a hot Denver day, and players and coaches seemed excited to finally trot back out onto the field and get to work.
The first day is always exciting — this one just seems to have a little extra oomph, with what was such a drama-filled offseason swirling around the NFL.
With no minicamps or OTAs, a handful of players are meeting each other for the first time, so there were a lot of hugs and handshakes during the stretch period early in practice.
Without further adieu, let’s get to the first practice blog of the season.
Brian Dawkins didn’t participate in practice this morning, though he had on his jersey, a Broncos bucket hat and long pants as he stuck with his fellow defensive backs throughout practice. Occasionally he dropped back on his own on the sideline, simulating the reps his teammates were taking. The other starting safety from last season, Renaldo Hill, wasn’t at practice. Head Coach John Fox said after the session that Hill was absent due to dehydration.
Demaryius Thomas walked onto the field late in the session, posting up on the sideline as he watched his teammates run through practice. He posted on Twitter this morning that it’s “time to get work in…mentally.“
LINE ‘EM UP
Kyle Orton led the first team offense throughout practice behind an offensive line of Ryan Clady, Zane Beadles, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper and rookie Orlando Franklin. Knowshon Moreno took the majority of first-unit running back reps, and the wide receivers were a usually mixture of Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal, Eric Decker and Matt Willis. At tight end, Richard Quinn and Julius Thomas split the majority of the reps.
On defense, the defensive line had Robert Ayers and Elvis Dumervil as the ends and Kevin Vickerson and Louis Leonard in the middle. Joe Mays was the middle linebacker, while D.J. Williams and rookie Mike Mohamed were on the outside. In the secondary, Andre’ Goodman and Champ Bailey served as the corners with Darcel McBath and Kyle McCarthy at safety.
GETTING THE CROWD INVOLVED
A fairly large crowd lined the far sideline at Dove Valley, and it was a loud bunch early in the session. As soon as players began making their way onto the field, the fans cheered. When Tim Tebow took his first snap and handed the ball off to Lance Ball, the fans cheered. When Orton completed the first pass of camp, the fans cheered. Safe to say there’s a lot of excitement with the start of the season inching closer.
Though the new CBA dictates that players can’t wear pads for the first two days of training camp practice, there was still plenty of action in 7-on-7 and team drills.
The team will be back on the field this afternoon from 5:50 to 7:35 p.m. for another session open to the public.
Look for video and audio from post-practice interviews and a top story from the morning session shortly, so stay tuned to DenverBroncos.com.
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