On a cool and overcast Saturday night, the Broncos finished their third day of training camp with an hour and twenty minute walkthrough.
Below are some quick hits from this evening’s session.
WELCOME TO DENVER
The newest member of the Denver Broncos, safety Anthony Perkins, watched the walkthrough from behind the defense. The Northglenn, Colo., native got some welcomed news on his way to watch the Broncos’ morning practice.
Perkins worked out with the team during the rookie minicamp earlier this summer and has kept himself in shape since then, anticipating an opportunity.
“I was comfortable with how it went,” Perkins said. I thought it went well. I thought I moved around really well. I got good feedback from the organization. I just wanted to stay in shape and make sure I stayed ready just in case.”
After working out with Offensive Line Coach Dave Magazu’s son in Boulder, Colo., Perkins was headed to Dove Valley to check out the facilities when his phone rang.
“I got the call when I was about 15 minutes away,” Perkins said of finding out he was signed. “It was a little unreal.”
Perkins, who still watched the morning practice, stood next to and talked with Secondary Coach Sam Garnes throughout the evening walkthrough, trying to absorb as much as possible given his late start.
“At this level, every detail matters,” Perkins said. “You’ve got to be detailed in every single thing you do. Practices like that, you’ve got to be good at the details. I’m kind of playing catch-up right now, trying to get into the playbook and making sure that I’m able to be as detailed as these guys are that are practicing out there.”
- Tackle Chris Clark filled in at right tackle for Orlando Franklin, who attended the walkthrough but did not participate after suffering a “crick in his neck” in the earlier practice.
- Linebacker Joe Mays was the most vocal player on the field during the walkthrough. He was constantly shouting the defense’s calls as it approached the line, as well as calling out individual assignments to his teammates.
- Quarterback Peyton Manning didn’t take a snap during the walkthrough. Instead, he observed, consulted, and spoke extensively with Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy and Head Coach John Fox.
- A large chunk of the walkthrough was spent rehearsing running plays. After a nice hole opened up, Offensive Line Coach Dave Magazu shouted encouraging words: “There we go! There it is!”
- The team finished the practice with special teams. Players performed a field goal block drill with garbage cans as obstacles and also practiced blocking punts as coaches kicked a soccer ball.
“Watch the ball, not the foot!” shouted Linebackers Coach Richard Smith.
Field goal kickers, meanwhile, kicked field goals through a narrowed post.
The team resumes practice with a 2:20 p.m. MDT session on Sunday, which is free and open to the public. Gates open an hour earlier.