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cmhargrove
05-28-2009, 02:07 PM
from denverbroncos.com blog.

Thursday’s Practice Recap
May 28th, 2009 - 2:44pm by Gray Caldwell


The team reached day number three of passing camp on Thursday, and the practice was open to the media. Here are a few quick hits from today’s session.

POSTURING FOR POSITION

You can’t read too much into a depth chart during passing camp, but it looked like the first team defense consisted of Ryan McBean, Ronald Fields and Kenny Peterson on the line, Darrell Reid and Elvis Dumervil at outside linebacker, Andra Davis and D.J. Williams at the inside linebacker spots, Champ Bailey and Andre’ Goodman at cornerback and Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill at safety.
Spencer Larsen spent some time both in the backfield and with the linebackers.
LaMont Jordan decided to try out a new position as the team was switching between drills — he pulled Brett Kern aside and set up as the long snapper. It looks like Jordan will stick with the running back position, because let’s just say the snap didn’t hit its target.

FIELDING PUNTS, CIRCUS STYLE

Six players practiced fielding punts as Kern and Britton Colquitt alternated lofting the ball downfield. Eddie Royal went first, followed by Nate Swift, Alphonso Smith, Kenny McKinley, David Grimes and Matt Willis.

After the first round of catches, the drill got a little more interesting. The players then tried to field punts with a ball in one hand. Then a ball in each hand. Then finally with three balls already in their arms — Royal, Swift and Smith successfully fielded the fourth.

Then, after practice, a player stepped up to field a punt who you shouldn’t expect to see in that position on Sundays. The offense chose undrafted free agent defensive tackle Chris Baker to field a punt to save the defense from extra meetings.

The 6-foot-2, 326-pound lineman watched the punt directly into his hands with no problem, much to the delight of his defensive teammates. That included Wesley Woodyard, who then punted the ball high in the air in celebration.

MAKING PLAYS

During one drill, the offense lined up in the red zone with :01 left on the clock — one play to decide the hypothetical game. The defense on the sidelines were fired up, yelling to simulate crowd noise.
The shotgun snap came to Chris Simms, who backpedaled, looked around and fired a pass to a leaping Daniel Graham for the touchdown. The offensive players on the sidelines erupted, but the defense did as well, as Dumervil chased after Head Coach Josh McDaniels to plead his case that he had been there for the sack. In the end, the touchdown stood.

During 7-on-7s, D.J. Williams jumped in front of a pass and sprinted his way to the end zone, setting the ball down on the goal line. Again it was Woodyard with the loudest celebration, throwing pretend blocks at anyone who tried to get near Williams.
Alphonso Smith had a solid break-up in 7-on-7s as well, reaching out and knocking down a pass just as it was about to reach Eddie Royal.
Matt Prater went 8-for-8 in the field goal drill.
TWO MINUTE DOMINATION

We don’t know how the offense or defense has looked in drills up until today’s open practice, but one thing is for sure — in the two-minute drill, the first team defense looked pretty dangerous.

Kyle Orton completed his first pass to Royal on first down, but it was followed by an incomplete pass on second down. On third down, it looked like Orton had a nice completion to Royal on the sideline, but Goodman was right there to swat the ball out of his hands. On fourth down, the defense knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage as plenty of celebrating ensued.

It looked like the second-team defense would put on a similar show, as the second-team offense’s drive started with a Marcus Thomas sack. Darcel McBath broke up a pass aimed at Jeb Putzier on second down, and another incomplete pass followed on third. On fourth down it looked like the defense got the stop, but a pass interference call kept the drive alive. Eventually Simms would find Chad Jackson in the corner of the end zone to give the offense a score in the drill.

Here are some more pictures from today’s action.

SonOfLe-loLang
05-28-2009, 02:14 PM
wow that is a really dramatic headline for this article.

SouthStndJunkie
05-28-2009, 02:25 PM
fluffy

BroncoMan4ever
05-28-2009, 02:28 PM
i don't care what the title of this thread says, our offense and defense will both be better than last seasons.

Gcver2ver3
05-28-2009, 02:40 PM
the defense doesn't have to play Marshall yet...plus, learning McD's new offense may be tougher than learning a Nolan's new defense...so i expect the defense to be a little ahead of the offense early on...

OBF1
05-28-2009, 02:50 PM
Finally something besides a useless poll. I can not wait for on-season Orangemane :thumbs:

SoDak Bronco
05-28-2009, 02:52 PM
good video of McD up and some nice pics

jayman_37
05-28-2009, 03:01 PM
Defense is always ahead of the offense early on.

PRBronco
05-28-2009, 03:03 PM
During 7-on-7s, D.J. Williams jumped in front of a pass and sprinted his way to the end zone, setting the ball down on the goal line. Again it was Woodyard with the loudest celebration, throwing pretend blocks at anyone who tried to get near Williams.


LOL I love that kid.

Sounds like he's replaced Nate Webster as the bombastic linebacker, and can actually play football, bonus!

PRBronco
05-28-2009, 03:10 PM
good video of McD up and some nice pics

Omg did Jarvis LOSE weight? Jesus christ man eat something!

Kaylore
05-28-2009, 03:16 PM
Here's the link. Let's remember the "new" rules for posting things...

http://blog.denverbroncos.com/denverbroncos/

Cito Pelon
05-28-2009, 03:17 PM
Touch football. Team-building stuff. The staff trying to build camaraderie with the units, looking for the leaders/followers, laying a foundation for the real grind.

ghwk
05-28-2009, 03:24 PM
Yeah we look like we should have the number 1 defense this season --for whooping it up, making pretend blocks and cheerleading. Man am I jazzed.

Kaylore
05-28-2009, 03:27 PM
Remember that typically the defensive unit comes together faster than the offensive unit.

cutthemdown
05-28-2009, 04:00 PM
Well Mcbean Fields, Peterson, Davis, Ried would at least be a lot bigger then what Broncos have been trying.

I could add up the lbs difference and make post much cooler, but then I got high.

Hulamau
05-28-2009, 04:01 PM
For one thing, how can you not like what McD said in the video after practice? I love this guys detail oriented approach. Having ground level cameras to make fine tune adjustments to the QB's foot work ...making sure the defense is thinking always turnovers and the offense is getting drilled to prevent them at every turn.

Got to get that stuff ingrained now,. I also like the you tend to get real information from McD rather than the kind of platitudes and generalities Shanny was prone too the last years.

NYBronco
05-28-2009, 04:14 PM
Remember that typically the defensive unit comes together faster than the offensive unit.

Unless it's a Bronco defense. They tend to not come together much at all.

cutthemdown
05-28-2009, 04:18 PM
For one thing, how can you not like what McD said in the video after practice? I love this guys detail oriented approach. Having ground level cameras to make fine tune adjustments to the QB's foot work ...making sure the defense is thinking always turnovers and the offense is getting drilled to prevent them at every turn.

Got to get that stuff ingrained now,. I also like the you tend to get real information from McD rather than the kind of platitudes and generalities Shanny was prone too the last years.

It's all hype at this point, but I also like how it sounds like players are having fun, but at same time being coached really hard. It's hard when teaching or coaching to be a taskmasker, and keep things fun at the same time. In fact that is the key for having success in those fields of work.

I'm starting to get this funny feeling Broncos are going to be better then people think this yr.

Way better RB's, Oline is good, Wr are good, Bigger defense on the front 7, way better secondary. If Orton can play about what he has up to this point we could do pretty good. Not like Orton has never completed a pass.

watermock
05-28-2009, 04:32 PM
I think we were a running back away from a damn good offense. D? I don't know how that long snapper is going to help.

Ornton was a throw in, he's a FA just like Cassell next year.

Dexter
05-28-2009, 04:38 PM
It's all hype at this point, but I also like how it sounds like players are having fun, but at same time being coached really hard. It's hard when teaching or coaching to be a taskmasker, and keep things fun at the same time. In fact that is the key for having success in those fields of work.

I'm starting to get this funny feeling Broncos are going to be better then people think this yr.

Way better RB's, Oline is good, Wr are good, Bigger defense on the front 7, way better secondary. If Orton can play about what he has up to this point we could do pretty good. Not like Orton has never completed a pass.

This is kinda how I feel. If Chad Pennington and Kerry Collins can come in and manage an offense last year why can't Orton do it this year? Orton has way more upside than either of those two as far as I can tell.. and all he needs to do is manage an offense with elite tools around him in every way.

Hercules Rockefeller
05-28-2009, 04:43 PM
Ornton was a throw in, he's a FA just like Cassell next year.

I didn't realize that there was a condition in the trade that prevents Denver from re-signing Orton after the season.

But please continue with your rambling, incoherent posts in the future.

bronco0608
05-28-2009, 04:46 PM
But, but I thought DJ Williams was a "Jake" and playing OLB but not OLB, because he is "Jake." What's he doing in the middle?

lol

Hogan11
05-28-2009, 04:58 PM
i don't care what the title of this thread says, our offense and defense will both be better than last seasons.

2005 all over again. :welcome:

bowtown
05-28-2009, 05:02 PM
For one thing, how can you not like what McD said in the video after practice? I love this guys detail oriented approach. Having ground level cameras to make fine tune adjustments to the QB's foot work ...making sure the defense is thinking always turnovers and the offense is getting drilled to prevent them at every turn.



Makes perfect sense, he has had a lot of experience with camera work.

gyldenlove
05-28-2009, 05:05 PM
LOL I love that kid.

Sounds like he's replaced Nate Webster as the bombastic linebacker, and can actually play football, bonus!

I know, WW is going to be huge.

watermock
05-28-2009, 05:15 PM
I didn't realize that there was a condition in the trade that prevents Denver from re-signing Orton after the season.

But please continue with your rambling, incoherent posts in the future.

There isn't. Only Cutler is signed thru 2011.


The problem is if Mcdummy has a hardon for Cassell, we will wind up paying as much as Cutler was allready signed for..

Punisher
05-28-2009, 08:57 PM
i don't care what the title of this thread says, our offense and defense will both be better than last seasons.

I'm going to say we finish number 10 on Offense and number 15 on Defense this year.Ive seen the Passing Camps Videos and it seems Kyle Orton is doing a good job learning the O.

BroncoMan4ever
05-28-2009, 10:10 PM
I'm going to say we finish number 10 on Offense and number 15 on Defense this year.Ive seen the Passing Camps Videos and it seems Kyle Orton is doing a good job learning the O.

i say we are top 5 in yards and top 10 in scoring with the offense. and with the defense right in the middle of the pack.

Paladin
05-28-2009, 10:23 PM
Makes perfect sense, he has had a lot of experience with camera work.

LOL!!!!!!!!

Paladin
05-28-2009, 10:25 PM
There isn't. Only Cutler is signed thru 2011.


.....Mcdummy.......

Another childish epithet. But considering the source, no surprise.......

worm
05-28-2009, 10:35 PM
I wonder if they will still have the end of camp party at Shanny's house.

Canmore
05-29-2009, 06:52 AM
i say we are top 5 in yards and top 10 in scoring with the offense. and with the defense right in the middle of the pack.

I would certainly settle for that.

fontaine
05-29-2009, 07:35 AM
but it looked like the first team defense consisted of Ryan McBean, Ronald Fields and Kenny Peterson on the line

A guy who was cut by a 3-4 defense, a career backup at NT, and a holdover from our awful DL at DE.

God help us.

BroncoInSkinland
05-29-2009, 07:46 AM
i say we are top 5 in yards and top 10 in scoring with the offense. and with the defense right in the middle of the pack.

If Orton works out to be Ok at short to intermediate passes in our system, and if Marshall doesn't get suspended for half the season, and if Moreno performs anywhere close to what is expected I would reverse those offensive numbers. Top 10 yards, and top 5 scoring, everything McDaniels is doing is pointing towards an efficient offense utilizing a power running game and short efficient passes from a game manager which should be a credible threat in the red zone. Of course there are a lot of ifs that the whole thing is dependant upon, and any one of them falling apart could hurt us badly, but that is a wait and see issue.

As for defense I hope you are correct, and we definately have the backfield to be a middle of the road or better team. The "ifs" this one depends on are getting three guys on the line to perform at a far superior level to the talent we had last year. No way we get to middle of the road UNLESS we get lucky on the line.