Sunday was our first day of twice-a-day practices for our 2007 training camp, and before the morning practice fourth-round draft choice Marcus Thomas, defensive tackle from Florida, displayed the kind of athletic ability rarely seen among football players, and unheard of among players in excess of 300 pounds.
Just prior to the team calisthenics, Thomas took off his jersey and performed a backflip for his new teammates, drawing “oohs” and “ahs” among press, fans, and teammates.
A great player for the Florida Gators, Thomas is hoping to make his mark in a defensive line loaded with veteran and young players alike.
Seldom is athletic ability like that ever displayed, and it is always fun to see.
The challenge for any player, of course, is to convert all his physical and mental skills into performance that translates on the field.
That’s the next step, the one that all the new Broncos are trying to show the coaches every day, starting today, in the hopes that a young Bronco can become a permanent Bronco.
As always, thanks for reading.