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Join Date: Mar 2004
Andrew Mason: Day 7
Training Camp Day 7 Notebook: On the Inside
John LynchBy Andrew Mason
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Broncos wouldn't let raindrops fall on their heads. Or they wouldn't let it rain on their parade.
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Whatever song you choose to cite, Denver refused to sing it on Thursday, utilizing their backup plan to move the morning practice indoors to the South Suburban Sports Dome as 2.30 inches of rain fell at nearby Centennial Airport.
It was the rainiest day in nearly 12 months, and forced the Broncos into a last-minute switch. A three-hour window of dry conditions allowed the Broncos to venture outside for the afternoon session, but they managed to stay true to their scheduled tasks when they worked inside the bubble.
"I think it's a good challenge for us because throughout the course of the year, you never going to know what kind of environment you're going to play in -- what the weather's going to be and you really can't concern yourself with it," safety John Lynch said. "So I think it's sometimes good to have things you can't sometime account for happen during training camp because it's good practice for us."
Practicing inside was a regular occurrence last summer, as daily thunderstorms doused Dove Valley and forced the Broncos to hold practices inside regularly. Thursday morning's inside practice was just the second of camp, following a special-teams session under the bubble a day earlier.
"You never know what's going to come up during the course of a game, you never know what the weather's going to be -- all the elements," Lynch said. "You've just got to concern yourself with the things you can control. I was impressed with our ability to come in here and have a nice day of work."
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Join Date: Mar 2004
TRAINER'S ROOM: A hamstring injury kept cornerback Champ Bailey sidelined. Running back Maurice Clarett also sat out both sessions of practice.
"He's got a little (tightness) in the groin," Shanahan said.
Defensive lineman Trevor Pryce also returned to the field Thursday morning after sitting out Wednesday; per his one-practice-per-day schedule, he sat out the afternoon session along with Jerry Rice, Tom Nalen, Quentin Griffin, Stephen Alexander and Jeff Shoate.
CAMP BYTES: The afternoon session saw the Broncos practice their work in the two-minute drill, with Shanahan giving the offense a scenario involving a 6-point deficit, two timeouts and two minutes on the clock.
Jake Plummer got the first-team offense a first down via a 6-yard pass before the drive was halted, while Bradlee Van Pelt drove the second-team offense from the offense's 30-yard-line to the defense's 25 before a third-down slant pass was intercepted. Prior to the pick, Van Pelt completed four of six passes for 40 yards, with one of the incompletions coming via an intentional throwaway to stop the clock ...
... Tight end Mike Leach continued to make some impressive catches, including one in the back right corner of the end zone on a gently but accurately thrown pass from Van Pelt, who'd rolled out to the right before stopping to locate Leach during goal-line work ...
... Extensive goal-line work during the afternoon practice also saw some solid defensive plays, like when linebacker Keith Burns swooped in to break up a pass from Danny Kanell to Todd Devoe ...
... Jeremy LeSueur demonstrated the art of forgetting a bad moment. Moments after Leach had beaten his tight coverage by stretching out for a fairly acrobatic grab, the second-year defensive back broke up a pass for Romar Crenshaw near the left sideline ...
... Former NFL Europe defensive tackle Aaron Hunt single-handedly defused an attempted Ron Dayne handoff up the middle during goal-line drills in the afternoon. But Dayne did fare well in 9-on-7 work in the morning, getting outside quickly on sweeps at the edge of the end zone with regularity ...
... Chris Young made an outstanding individual effort on one play at the goal line, arriving in the backfield on a safety blitz and swatting away a Plummer pass attempt ...
... Plummer located Ashley Lelie downfield for a pair of deep strikes. Matt Mauck also found Triandos Luke on a similar play.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "God's going to bless him. He's had too much bad stuff. He'll come back, okay? He'll come back." -- Defensive coordinator Larry Coyer on Courtney Brown's elbow injury
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