With just two days until their first preseason game, the Broncos took to the practice fields at Dove Valley in full pads once again. Below is a recap of the session.
Today’s trivia question is further explained in the “Quick Hits” portion of this blog, but it boils down to this: The offense was given a scenario to execute — down two points with 18 seconds remaining, the ball on its own 45-yard line and one timeout remaining. Quarterback Peyton Manning quickly hit his target for a 15-yard gain to the defense’s 40-yard line and called a timeout with seven seconds remaining. Who caught the pass? Leave your guesses in the comments section, and the answer — and winner of a Broncos prize pack — will be revealed in the comments section of the blog at 6 p.m. MDT.
Safety Jim Leonhard, safety Quinton Carter, tackle Ryan Harris, defensive tackle Justin Bannan, wide receiver Greg Orton and wide receiver Tyler Grisham did not practice on Tuesday. Defensive tackle Ty Warren left practice early due to “stomach issues,” Head Coach John Fox said.
Linebacker Keith Brooking was on the field in a No. 57 jersey, shorts and shells. He took part in some of the early drills during practice, including individual drills with the linebackers and a handful of reps during 7-on-7s.
- During one-on-ones between receivers and cornerbacks, Champ Bailey kicked off the drill by breaking up a touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Eric Decker.
- On the next play, Manning threw an incomplete pass in Matthew Willis’ direction with Tracy Porter in tight coverage. After the play, Manning yelled “Gotta run to the pylon!” while Secondary Coach Ron Milus praised his cornerback: “That’s good coverage, 22!”
- Gerell Robinson started off a strong practice with a leaping touchdown grab over cornerback Ramzee Robinson. Later in one-on-ones, he had another leaping TD, this time from Caleb Hanie over the head of cornerback Tony Carter.
- The Manning-to-Decker combination was successful later in one-on-ones, as the wide receiver hauled in a one-handed touchdown catch just behind Bailey, who was right there in coverage.
- There were two notable pass breakups during the drill. The first was made by Carter, who slapped the ball away from Mark Dell. Second was safety Rahim Moore, who broke up a pass from Manning intended for tight end Joel Dreessen. The crowd responded to the play, as one fan shouted, “Atta boy, Rahim!”
- During red-zone drills, the defense made some key plays as well. First, Porter prevented a touchdown catch by Demaryius Thomas, then a group of Broncos — led by safety Mike Adams — forced an incompletion in the back of the end zone on a pass intended for tight end Jacob Tamme. Later, wide receiver Cameron Kenney, cornerback Joshua Moore and safety Anthony Perkins all took turns tipping a pass around in the air, and Perkins nearly came away with a diving interception in the back of the end zone before the ball fell incomplete.
- Both the offense and defense had a lot of exciting plays during a variety of two-minute drills throughout practice. For more on those sessions, check out the “Situational Football” blog.
- A group of rookies were among the first players out onto the field on Tuesday — Derek Wolfe, Ronnie Hillman, Osweiler, Malik Jackson and Jamie Blatnick got to work early.
- Practice ended with one more situation for the offense to try to overcome: down 24-22 at its own 45-yard line with 18 seconds left on the clock and one timeout remaining. Manning hit (today’s trivia answer) for a 15-yard gain to the defense’s 40, and called a timeout with seven seconds remaining. His next pass was incomplete, but one second remained on the clock. Coaches called practice before Matt Prater would’ve run onto the field to attempt the long field goal.
The team is back on the field this evening for a walkthrough open only to media. Wednesday morning brings another practice free and open to the public, which starts at 8:50 a.m. MDT. Gates open at 7:50 a.m. It will be approximately a half-hour shorter than typical morning practices — it is scheduled to end at 11 a.m. MDT — as the team travels to Chicago that afternoon.
Click below for a photo gallery from Tuesday’s practice.
Tags: Training Camp 2012