Training camp starts in two days, and it is a very exciting time for us, as it is everywhere in pro football.
This is the time of year when every team is undefeated, and very excited about prospects for the new year. We have made dramatic moves, as all fans know, and this is the time when the players finally put on helmets and pads (sometimes) and get after it on the practice field.
Mike Shanahan runs a strict meritocracy. The best players play. Regardless of how low or high he was drafted, how big or small, the right to play is always determined by performance on the field.
And invariably, there are some lesser-known players who begin to make their marks as soon as camp begings. That is very exciting, as coupled with the performance of steady veterans and the development of well-known young guys.
This year we will have a short camp–it ends here in Denver on August 11, when we break camp to go to San Francisco for our preseason opener. After that game we travel to Dallas to practice with the Cowboys for four days, so when we get back after the Dallas game, camp is over!
We are all pretty excited about that. It does not take too many days of watching practice in 95-degree weather before we are all ready to watch real games.
Also, when people put down the preseason games as not counting for much, I consider that baloney. Certainly, some of the older vets don’t play too much, and are just tuning themselves up for the regular season, but these games are critical for every young player or newcomer who is trying to gain a foothold on the Broncos roster.
For those guys, every play is critical, every practice is critical, and every game is staggering in its importance.
It all starts on the field with two practices this Sunday.
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