The footballs will be flying Thursday night at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The Big House will be open for business again.
The Broncos will hold their evening practice at INVESCO Field at Mile High. I’m not sure how long it has been since they have held a training camp practice there, but it seems like it has been a while.
“We are all looking forward to going down there,” Broncos’ head coach Josh McDaniels said. “Usually during this time of training camp, you get rejuvenated by going down there, putting the lights on and being in the stadium. It is a fun thing for all of us. Everybody is looking forward to it, and I hope there is a good turnout. I hope we put on a good show.”
McDaniels said the Broncos will do a lot of work making this workout seem like a game.
“(There will be) a lot of teamwork (and) coaches off of the field in the booth, so we are going to simulate, as much as we can, a game-type setting and scenario for our players and staff because we haven’t done this together yet. We don’t want the first time that it happens to be in San Francisco. (There are) a lot of exciting things to go into practice tomorrow. There will be some live contact and hitting”
For rookies and veterans alike, Thursday night’s practice at INVESCO Field will mark another step towards the regular season. It will be a new experience for quarterback Chris Simms, who hasn’t yet gone through a practice in his team’s stadium before.
“In Tampa, we would maybe during OTAs or minicamp go to the (stadium),” Simms said. “But to go there tomorrow night under the lights a little bit, that’s going to be fun. I think the guys are going to be real excited to do that.”
Second-year wide receiver Eddie Royal is also among those looking forward to the big show at INVESCO.
“Any time you go in that stadium you get a little more excitement,” Royal said. “It’s going to be great. I can’t wait to get out there.”
Many of the Broncos’ rookies are also eager to get on the home field. Cornerback Alphonso Smith is ready.
“I’m pretty excited,” Smith admitted. “I’ve only been there once and that was for Fan Fest. I can’t speak for everyone but for me it’ll be a pretty exciting practice.”
Rookie safety Darcel McBath agrees.
“I’m excited to get over there and actually get a little (action) going,” McBath said.
Hope you can be on hand for the event. It should be great. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and practice will start at 6 p.m. Parking is free.
The Broncos will release their first depth chart on Monday. I’ll have thoughts on that next week. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.