After a day off, the Broncos were back on the practice field on Tuesday. Last week, dark clouds and rain greeted most of the afternoon practices, but today the sun was shining with very few clouds in sight. A crowd of 1,593 gathered to soak in the sun and watch the Broncos return to work with the preseason opener less than a week away.
In a pre-practice media session, Head Coach Josh McDaniels said he and his staff were productive during the two-day break, while it gave players a chance to rest and get treatment. It also gave the rookies, whose new and ridiculous haircuts created quite a stir at Saturday’s INVESCO Field workout, time to fix their veteran teammates’ clipping mistakes. Tim Tebow was among the freshly shaven rookies.
After missing varying amounts of time last week, Chris Baker, D.J. Williams, Dustin Fry, Spencer Larsen and Justin Bannan all returned to action this afternoon. Williams and Dawkins sported non-contact orange jerseys but still worked through some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills with the first team. When they sat for portions, Darcel McBath and Wesley Woodyard saw time with the first-unit defense.
Early in the practice, several other players walked to the team’s weight facility for individual workouts. The list included Chris Kuper, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter.
FINAL DRIVE FIREWORKS
The final drives of the day put the top two quarterbacks into a situation where they started at the 50-yard line with a minute left and no timeouts, needing a touchdown to win.
Kyle Orton led the first drive against the first team defense. He hit Brandon Stokley for a 19-yard gain to begin the drive. After an incompletion, Orton found Stokley down the seam for a 31-yard touchdown catch, setting off a celebration by the first-team offense. Stokley proceeded to toss the ball to a young fan on the far sideline.
Then, Brady Quinn stepped under center with the same stakes. This time, the defense came up with the big play. After an incompletion, Quinn found Jabar Gaffney for a short completion. On the next play, Alphonso Smith jumped Quinn’s quick out pass, snagging a finger tip interception that likely would’ve gone back the other way for a touchdown if played all the way through.
TRAINING CAMP JUKE BOX
Brady Quinn’s offseason champion status gave him the right to pick today’s warm-up playlist, and the quarterback brought a distinctive sound to the stretches and warm-up exercises.
Quinn’s mix began with a pair of Bon Jovi offerings, “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Livin’ on a Prayer,” before finishing with Tupac’s “All Eyez on Me.”
- Eric Detweiler, DenverBroncos.com
Below are some photos of the workout:
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