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Old 05-03-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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Sunday’s Practice Recap
May 3rd, 2009 - 3:12pm by Kyle Sonneman


The Broncos concluded their three-day mini camp Sunday afternoon. Here are some quick hits from today’s practice.

SPIRITED COMPETITION: Even though there was no contact during mini camp, there was some spirited back and forth between the offense and defense. Most of the talk was between Wesley Woodyard and Daniel Graham, with some Darrell Reid thrown in as well. All of it was in good fun, but you could tell the competition was fierce even in early May.

TWO MINUTES: After several spirited 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills, the team concluded practice with an 11-on-11 two-minute drill. Kyle Orton was five-of-six on his two-minute drive, completing three consecutive passes to Brandon Stokley before hitting Eddie Royal to set up a Matt Prater field goal. Chris Simms was up next, he was four-of-seven and completed two big passes to rookie Nate Swift to set up another Prater field goal.


SECONDARY SHINES: Although the offense had its moments on Sunday, so did the defense — especially the secondary. In 7-on-7 drills, Jabar Gaffney got behind the defense and went up to grab the reception, but a fast-closing Renaldo Hill knocked the ball away. Rookie Alphonso Smith also got into the action, knocking away a Simms pass intended for Chad Jackson. In 11-on-11 drills, both Andre Goodman and Jack Williams knocked away passes, Williams as he blitzed Orton who was looking for the bubble screen.

CATCHING PUNTS: At the end if practice, Head Coach Josh McDaniels gathered the team and gave them a challenge. If an offensive or defensive lineman was able to field a punt, their respective side of the ball wouldn’t have meetings following practice.

Ryan Harris represented the offense and Kenny Peterson the defense. Harris misjudged his punt, but made a nice diving recovery only to have the ball just fall out of his grasp — much to the enjoyment of the defense. Peterson — despite the heckling offense — was able to get under his opportunity and fielded the catch with ease.

Coach McDaniels gave the offense one more shot, but gave the defense the opportunity to pick which lineman would receive. Unanimously, they chose Ryan Clady. Brett Kern’s punt made Clady move to his right, but the big man was able to grab the punt cleanly and the offense and defense were able to call it a day without meetings.

“That was just something fun — I think the players got a kick out of it,” McDaniels said. “I told them if we had a good day of work today that we might throw them a bone, they had a good day of work so we let them have an opportunity to miss the very last meeting.”

MISC: Along with Prater’s two successful field goal attempts in 11-on-11, he was four-of-five during the field goal session, with his only miss coming on a bobbled hold by rookie Britton Colquitt Tom Brandstater hit fellow rookie Kenny McKinley down the middle between two defenders in 7-on-7 drills … As the quarterbacks worked with the wide receivers, LaMont Jordan accurately fired passes to his fellow running backs … Donning number 66, Lonie Paxton snapped to the quarterbacks during 7-on-7 drills. Many had to double-take to make sure it wasn’t Tom Nalen back out there … With meetings canceled thanks to the punt catching skills of their teammates, Champ Bailey and Daniel Graham raced off the field in an effort to make it to the Pepsi Center before tip-off of the Nuggets - Mavericks playoff game … As the vets scampered off the field, all of the rookies worked on their conditioning with Strength and Conditioning Coach Rich Tuten. Many commented about the altitude as they were huffing and puffing off the field.
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Old 05-03-2009, 03:49 PM   #2
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Good report. Makes me feel better about Alphonso Smith. Swift may be the rookie to watch. Might make a pretty good KR/PR.
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I think this means that Hillis will be cut.
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I think this means that Hillis will be cut.
huh ...?
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DB.com fluff piece for the weekend: http://www.denverbroncos.com/page.ph...4&storyID=9045

A Learning Process

By Gray Caldwell
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Ayers has his own set of challenges -- he has been practicing standing up a little more than he did in college, but also playing some snaps with his hand in the dirt.

"Right now they're just trying to get me used to learning linebacker, trying to teach me the schemes and stuff," Ayers said. "But I'm working with (Defensive Line) Coach (Wayne) Nunnely, too, trying to learn defensive line stuff. So it's kind of getting a double dose."

Essentially learning two positions makes it even tougher for the rookie.

"Yeah, but that's what I'm here for -- I'm here to do tough things and be a good player," Ayers said. "That's part of being in the NFL."


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Any time Hillis' name is mentioned in any context you can assume that it is somehow a sign that McDaniels is looking to cut or trade him.
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I think this means that Hillis will be cut.
Ahahaha!! Sacred cows make the best hamburgers ya know

McDanny still looks as if he's wearing that ugly looking Pats garb, where's the orange Josh?
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woah Ayers wearing 56....nice seeing a TN guy wearing it
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Ahahaha!! Sacred cows make the best hamburgers ya know

McDanny still looks as if he's wearing that ugly looking Pats garb, where's the orange Josh?
blame reebok dude, all those hoodies are ugly as crap
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I think this means that Hillis will be cut.
No, traded. McD obviously doesn't know how to utilize talent...even in camp.
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I absolutely LOVE seeing a number 56 back on the field. It makes me feel good just seeing that. Hopefully, Ayers can learn fast and have a productive season.
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Prater was four-of-five during the field goal session, with his only miss coming on a bobbled hold by rookie Britton Colquitt
I heard on the light rail that Colquitt was out drinking alone the night before and was hung over for practice. That's the only explanation.
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In the video on denverbroncos.com you see Smith running a drill, and he was so fast coming out of his break and changing direction. I can not wait to see them on the field.
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I'm not sure if it's the camera angol, but Smith does not look as small as I thought he would be standing next to Champ.
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I'm not sure if it's the camera angol, but Smith does not look as small as I thought he would be standing next to Champ.
I noticed that as well. Smith is short, but he's not D-wil short. If he was 5'10 it wouldn't be a big deal.

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I noticed that as well. Smith is short, but he's not D-wil short. If he was 5'10 it wouldn't be a big deal.

Yea, I looked it up. D-Wil is 5'8" and Smith is 5'9". Not to much of a difference.
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Does it look like Smith's helmet is a few sizes too big?
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Hillis felt like the only bright spot last year, and the O-line so much was dismantled in the off season, it would be nice to see Hillis at least get a fair shot -- we will see.

One thing I liked about Shanny was that for the most part he let the best guy get playing time, dispite his paycheck, and as I dont know about McDaniels, I dont know if he has an ego, that inclines him to put his own stamp on everything, even if it makes us less competitive ... for Hillis sake, I hope I'm wrong.
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I think this means that Hillis will be cut.
Either your joking or you are just an idiot. Hard to tell.


Can anybody report on the status of how Hillis looked in drills? Did he say, look 90% healthy, 100%, what? Thanks.
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Either your joking or you are just an idiot. Hard to tell.


Can anybody report on the status of how Hillis looked in drills? Did he say, look 90% healthy, 100%, what? Thanks.
Hillis' last video interview on benverbroncos.com was a couple weeks ago, it should be posted in the April videos. He called himself 90% then.
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