Wednesday Practice Report
July 28th, 2010 - 4:37pm by Gray Caldwell
Dove Valley is back open for business.
Rookies and early-reporting veterans took to the practice field Wednesday in shorts and shells — no pads — for the first “opportunity practice” of the summer.
The group included all seven signed 2010 draft picks, including Eric Decker, who saw his first extended action during practice. The veterans in action were Kyle Orton, Brady Quinn, Darcel McBath, Kenny McKinley, Marquez Branson, Nick Greisen, Russ Hochstein, Kolby Smith, Britton Colquitt, Ryan Harris, J.J. Arrington, Lance Ball and Bruce Hall.
There was a notable difference on the team’s practice jerseys — a patch with the logo for the HealthONE Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center. In addition to the patch, HealthONE will donate one dollar to the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation for every fan that attends training camp.
It was a quick practice — it lasted a little more than an hour, with lighting and thunder occasionally crashing in the distance. Below are a few quick hits and photos from Wednesday’s session.
In addition to the rookies that participated in practice, Eddie Royal was seen on the sideline. He watched practice from a door near the locker room before heading back inside.
A few position groups had far less players than normal, meaning there was plenty of one-on-one coaching to go around. The only two defensive linemen at practice — Ben Garland and Jeff Stehle — got plenty of work with defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely. Branson, Riar Geer and Nathan Overbay got extensive face time with tight ends coach Bob Ligashesky, and Orton and Quinn worked closely with quarterbacks coach Ben McDaniels for the majority of the practice. These opportunity practices are designed to give rookies a bit of a head start heading into training camp — having less bodies in the position groups is one way to accomplish that.
Overbay handled the long-snapping duties during special teams drills. Throughout OTAs, he occasionally worked with Lonie Paxton after practice to improve his consistency.
During one of the more interesting drills of the day, cornerbacks practiced covering one receiver while the pass went to another. Their task was to break away from the block of their receiver and make the tackle.
Decker ran routes and participated in practice after missing OTAs with a foot injury.
Below are pictures from Wednesday’s practice.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com
Tags: 2010, Eric Decker, Jersey Patch, Training Camp