|08-03-2010, 12:17 PM||#1|
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Todays camp news
Posted August 3, 2010, 12:30 pm
Dove Valley Days, Tuesday, Aug. 3
By Mike Klis
Dove Valley Days
Highlight: Kyle Orton got the job done in the practice-ending 2-minute drill. Actually there was 1:50 remaining, the ball on the 20 and the Broncos’ first-team offense was down 17-14. Orton completed a 20-yard pass to Brandon Lloyd, who made a splendid catch from his rear. Another completion to Lloyd was followed by a sack. Third-and-9, Orton found running back Lance Ball open across the middle for a 16-yard gain to the Denver D’s 40-yard line.
Orton then threw a beautiful deep spiral down the left sideline to an outstretched Jabar Gaffney, who beat Andre’ Goodman on the play. Gaffney’s momentum took him into the end zone for the practice-winning TD.
Lowlight: There were times when the new offensive line had its struggles against their defensive front. On one pass play, Jarvis Moss broke free on Tim Tebow, but the linebacker was not allowed to touch the quarterback. So Moss stood there a foot away from Tebow while the quarterback pump faked. Moss still stood there as Tebow fired a completed pass across the middle to Eric Decker. The crowd cheered the completion. Later, Tebow had the ball swatted away while standing in the pocket, and middle linebacker Mario Haggan picked off the fumble in the air.
Quote: “”When we have a defensive coordinator that is vocal, it’s only going to make us want to be more vocal. If I can hear him, I want him to hear me making the calls.’’
–Broncos safety Renaldo Hill on defensive coordinator Don Martindale.
Quarterback Watch: Tim Tebow had his best passing practice of camp. His best was a crossing-pattern dart to a well-covered Richard Quinn, who caught it, but fumbled after it was swatted out from behind.
Kyle Orton did the job on the 2-minute drill.
Brady Quinn also threw well, especially while hitting Eric Decker on a seam pattern.
Position battle: The kids will have to wait. After Eddie Royal and Jabar Gaffney, the next two receivers who are getting the most reps are Brandon Lloyd and Matt Willis. Willis has been the surprise of early camp. After spending most of last season on the Broncos’ practice squad, Willis, a third-year player from UCLA, came into camp knowing he had to hold off top-round draft picks DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Willis caught two long passes in the first practice Sunday, then made the hit of the day Monday. Broncos’ backup nickelback Alphonso Smith had picked up Quinn’s fumble and returned it for decent yardage until Willis unloaded on him near the players’ sideline. Elvis Dumervil protected his defensive teammate by coming off the sideline to give Willis some smack-talk. The intensity of the entire practice picked up from that point on.
Camp schedule: There is no public viewing for the rookie walk-through practice this afternoon, or for the full-squad practice Wednesday morning. The next camp practice open to the public will at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Parking and admission are free.
|08-03-2010, 12:18 PM||#2|
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Posted August 3, 2010, 1:12 pm
More work for Woodyard
By Lindsay Jones
With starting inside linebacker DJ Williams missing his second practice of camp (he also sat our Sunday evening), third-year linebacker Wesley Woodyard spent Tuesday morning’s practice working with the first-team base defense.
Woodyard, who went undrafted out of Kentucky in 2008, played primarily on passing downs last year, in addition to his key role on special teams.
The Broncos seem to have depth at inside linebacker this year, with the addition of Akin Ayodele (who started 15 games last season for Miami), the recent trade for Joe Mays from Philadelphia, and the return of Nick Griesen, who missed all of ‘09 after injuring his knee in training camp.
But it is Woodyard who continues to work his way up the depth chart, in part because of his work ethic. Woodyard was one of 10 players voted by the rest of the team has the offseason award winners.
Head coach Josh McDaniels wouldn’t specify why Williams was held out of practice Tuesday.
“There’s some guys we want to make sure we monitor and are smart with, we take care of. DJ is one of them,” McDaniels said. “That doesn’t mean guys don’t have things we need to nourish back to help either, so you know, there’s nothing wrong with D.J. We’ll have him out here soon.”
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|08-03-2010, 12:34 PM||#7|
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I don't know if putting a huge hit on Al Smith can qualify for hit of the day. I mean come on, Al is like 4ft tall.
|08-03-2010, 12:35 PM||#9|
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Bright blue skies and a few clouds welcomed the team to the morning practice on day three that was spent mostly working on the run game.
From run blocking drills on offense to run fits on defense, the ground game was highlighted in this morning’s two-hour practice. As is becoming the norm, a large crowd cheered on the team throughout the session.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
With the running game the focus of the day, all four running backs and fullback Spencer Larsen got extensive work carrying the ball. Kolby Smith got the majority of carries with the first group, but the order would change from drill to drill.
In 9-on-7 and the team portion, Zane Beadles manned left guard with J.D. Walton running center for the first team. Head Coach Josh McDaniels has said that he is going to rotate those positions during camp and today was Beadles and Walton’s opportunity.
With D.J. Williams not on the practice field, Wesley Woodyard took his spot with the first unit.
# In keeping with the running game spirit of the day, most of the drills involved 1-on-1 and group blocking. On one side of the field, the tight ends and offensive tackles teamed up on the defensive tackles and outside linebackers while on the other side of the field the guards and centers took on the nose tackles and middle backers.
# Running backs coach Eric Studesville had the running backs work on lead blocking on a blocking sled. All the backs earned extensive praise from Studesville on the drill for keeping their pad level low. Studesville urged the backs to take that intensity into the 9-on-7 period.
# In the 9-on-7 period, the first group of defenders; Ryan McBean, Ronald Fields, Justin Bannan, Elvis Dumervil, Robert Ayers, Woodyard and Mario Haggan slowed down the running game. Once they were spelled by the second unit, Lance Ball made one cut and was headed to the end zone, drawing the ire of Wink Martindale.
# While the running game was being worked on one field, the quarterbacks, wide receivers and secondary went through drills on the other. The drill had two wide receivers going against man coverage with a safety over top.
# During the special teams period of practice, kickoff return was the focus. Through most of camp, Eddie Royal, Alphonso Smith, Perrish Cox and Matthew Willis have taken all the reps. Today, Cassius Vaughn took several reps returning kicks and drew the praise of his teammates on his first return.
# In this space and on other locations, you have probably heard the name Matthew Willis mentioned multiple times for his play on offense. Today’s mention is a littler different as it involves him hitting rather than catching. Early in the team period, Tim Tebow found Richard Quinn streaking across the middle. As Quinn turned up field, Woodyard stripped the ball from him and Alphonso Smith scooped it up. As Smith was headed to the sideline, so was Willis who collided with Smith for the biggest hit of camp thus far. The sound of the collision drew an “ooohhhh” from those in attendance.
# Several passes came close to being intercepted, but the only man who was able to pull one in was Darcel McBath. McBath was in the right place at the right time as Demaryius Thomas tipped a ball right into his hands.
# During a two-minute drill to end practice, Kyle Orton found Jabar Gaffney streaking down the sideline for a touchdown.
# Before practice, wide receivers coach Adam Gase worked with Thomas and Eric Decker on getting off of press coverage.
# Larsen has been active in the running game and passing game. On one play, Orton bought some time and found Larsen open in the middle. Just as he turned up field Ayers met him with a big hit. The former linebacker appreciated the knock and gave Ayers a congratulatory slap on the helmet.
# Quinn went deep on two consecutive plays in the team session. On the first one, he had Brandon Stokley in stride, but Smith knocked the ball away at the last moment. On the next play, Decker beat his man and caught the pass down the middle of the field.
# The team worked on punting out of the end zone and some situational drills including second-and-one and drawing the defense offside on fourth-and-1.
TRAINING CAMP JUKEBOX
Offseason champ Russ Hochstein is rumored to have picked out this morning’s playlis, which featured Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ball and Chain by Social Distortion and Fishing in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Also played during practice to simulate crowd noise, was Mother by Danzig and Rick Ross’ B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast). The latter had the defense swaying back and forth in the huddle.
Below are some photos from today’s morning session. The team will be back on the field this afternoon at 4 p.m. for a practice closed to the public, but DenverBroncos.com will still provide coverage.
-Kyle Sonneman, DenverBroncos.com
|08-03-2010, 12:36 PM||#10|
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|08-03-2010, 12:41 PM||#11|
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On Tuesday the Broncos were back on the field for their third day of training camp practice, here is a quick review of the morning session:
Tim Tebow is all that
Call him an overachiever, or a great leader, Tebow beat all the skill players at the end of practice in conditioning sprints. Along with the other two quarterbacks, Tebow's arm looked just fine, throwing with accuracy and zip. There were one or two dirt balls (balls thrown at the receivers feet) coming from Tebow as well from Quinn and Orton, but overall the quarterbacks had a good practice.
Starting quarterback Kyle Orton got the most repetitions, while Orton and Tebow currently got their fair amount of plays under center.
Towards the second half of practice the coaches set up down and distance markers, simulating a 3rd down play. All three quarterbacks ran plays, attempting to get the offense a first down. Kyle Orton started 0-for-2, Brady Quinn then came in and completed a pass. The next play Quinn threw to Demaryius Thomas, who was passed the first down marker. Thomas jumped over Champ Bailey to make the catch, only to see Bailey rip the ball out on the way down. After the other QB's failed to reach the first down marker, Tebow came in. His first attempt fell incomplete, but on 4th down he found Richard Quinn for a big gain, and first down. After Quinn made the catch, a defender knocked the ball out, Alphonso Smith recovered and ran it back about 10 yards before being lit up by receiver Matt Willis. The Broncos weren't able to get a first down, credit goes to the defense, and sloppy offense.
The secondary looks good
The Broncos coverage from the first team defense looked very well all practice, a few times even forcing a "sack", although at practice the players aren't allowed to tackle the QB's, so every pass was thrown, even if it wouldn't have been in a game. The secondary was aided by the defensive line, even without Jamal Williams, a pass rush was pretty consistent. At one time a defender got to Tebow and even knocked the ball out.
Lance Ball rises above other running backs, Kolby Smith goes to the dog house
Without Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter, the Broncos rushing attack wasn't as successful as they'd like it to be. Of the backs, Lance Ball showed the most flashes, breaking one run for a touchdown against the second team defense. Kolby Smith didn't have as much success, getting yelled at by McDaniels to not stop running. Later Smith fumbled, he didn't even need to be told, and took off running a lap around the field.
The receivers have good practice, Richard Quinn does not
All the receivers made some nice plays on Tuesday, with Brandon Lloyd making a lot of catches during the two minute drill. In the teams second 3rd down situation session, Eddie Royal caught a screen pass, made a few moves and was off to the races. Veteran Brandon Stokley also scored what would have been a touchdown in a game, catching a pass from Brady Quinn in a offense vs defense scrimmage. Jabar Gaffney caught a touchdown on a fade route on the last play of the teams two minute drill. Gaffney looked good throughout practice. Rookie Demaryius Thomas made some grabs, and had some struggles as well, dropping a few passes. Eric Decker looks fully recovered from his ankle injury, and got applauses from the fans after making a few diving catches. I didn't see any passes to Daniel Graham, but fellow Tight Ends Marquez Branson and Richard Quinn had a fair share of dropped passes. Quinn seemed to struggle when placed in a catching Tight End position.
The Defense has a swagger
When the offense huddled for a play, upbeat music came on the loud speakers, and instantly the whole defense started dancing and breaking down with the beat. Saftey Brian Dawkins looked even more beastly than normal when he swayed to the beat of the music. Throughout practice the defense was loud, it fit their style of play. Outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Robert Ayers have improved vastly from last year in run support. During a rushing drill both Ayers and Dumervil set up each other to make plays, taking advantage of it, they stopped the backs in the backfield a majority of the time. After Lance Ball made a nice run, one of the defensive coaches starting yelling, "Nobody runs on the Broncos!" After that, the first team didn't allow anymore long rushes.
Marcus Thomas struggles against double team
During a 3-on-3 drill with three offensive lineman and a running back against a defensive tackle and two linebackers, Marcus Thomas struggled playing nose tackle. The line beat him up, double teaming and pancaking him on just about every play. It made Thomas look even worse when defensive lineman Ronald Fields came in and broke right through the double team to stop the running back in the backfield.
Perrish Cox handling a lot of kick return duties
Rookie cornerback Perrish Cox returned most of the kickoffs during practice, taking a few all the way back. Receiver Eddie Royal returned a few as well, among Lance Ball and others.
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ATTENDANCE: Running backs Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno, defensive lineman Chris Baker, linebacker D.J. Williams, wide receiver Kenny McKinley and safety Josh Barrett all sat out. McDaniels declined to comment about their absences, adding, “There’s going to be a lot of guys fluctuating. I’d be sitting here talking about it for 10 minutes every day if that was the case. There’ll be more guys tomorrow morning. There’s just some guys we want to monitor and be smart with and take care of.”
HILLSIDE ATTENDANCE: 1,646 found places along the knolls surrounding the west practice field.
INJURIES: None apparent during the practice. Buckhalter and Moreno continue to work back from their injuries, suffered Sunday morning. McDaniels said that Williams was one of the players “we want to monitor and be smart with and take care of,” adding, “There’s nothing wrong with D.J. We’ll have him out here soon.
WEATHER: It was a pleasant morning for football — or for virtually anything except snow sports — as the temperature rose from 70 to 77 degrees through the session with light winds of between four and six miles per hour.
THE STANDOUTS: OLB ELVIS DUMERVIL: What made the day impressive was his work on the run, which included two thunderous hits on Bruce Hall and Kolby Smith. He also did what leaders are supposed to do: step up for their teammates. In this case, he came to the aid of Alphonso Smith after Matthew Willis provided a decent — but perhaps a tad excessive — hit to the second-year cornerback.
“We’re all family, but on the defensive side we’re more close,” said Dumervil, who added that by the end of practice, the matter had vanished. “You can’t do that, can’t tick our guys. When we’re out there on game days, we’re family. But on the practice field, they (the offense) are the other guys.”
WR JABAR GAFFNEY: Caught virtually everything thrown his way Tuesday, most notably a 40-yard strike from Kyle Orton up the left sideline that gave the offense a touchdown under late-game conditions. Gaffney’s grab punctuated a successful drive for the first-team offense to close practice. With all the hubbub over Willis and rookies Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, Gaffney has quietly cobbled together a solid camp so far.
CB PERRISH COX: He intercepted a pass in one-on-one drills, but what was most impressive was his turn on kickoff returns, where he made one move and accelerated upfield, hitting top gear so fast that the coverage team looked flat-footed. This kind of work should look familiar to anyone who’s an Oklahoma State fan — or an Oklahoma follower, for that matter.
THE NOTES: STILL SLOPPY: After growing agitated over timing penalties and other miscues by the offense Monday, McDaniels found more reason for frustration after his offense turned over the football three times during team periods of practice.
The offense was turnover-free in the first three practices of training camp, but that began to change when tight end Richard Quinn fumbled in the open field after being hit by Wesley Woodyard. Alphonso Smith recovered the loose football and then ran upfield before being hit by Matthew Willis.
“That was Woodyard’s great play,” Smith said. “I was just a part of it. We’re just trying to stress turnovers. I happen to be in the right place at the right time when Woodyard punched the ball out and just tried to recover it and give our offense back the ball.”
Darcel McBath intercepted a Brady Quinn pass that skipped off the outstretched hands of Demaryius Thomas, while Mario Haggan grabbed a loose football in mid-air that Tim Tebow lost under pressure in the backfield.
“There were some things in the middle (of practice) we weren’t real pleased with,” McDaniels said. “That’s training camp. We’re making progress in a lot of different areas. It’s hard to feel like you had a great practice in training camp, because when you go against each other, somebody’s usually on the losing end.”
IT HAS BECOME COMMON for players to run laps after miscues. Quinn ran one lap after a dropped pass and another after his lost fumble, and the entire offense ran a lap together Monday afternoon.
But there is punishment for the defense when it can’t convert its chances — in the form of push-ups. Whenever Brian Dawkins can’t convert what he feels is a sure takeaway, he drops and does push-ups — right in front of the fans.
“That’s a touchdown. That’s a possession changer. That’s a third down and short,” he said. “If I picked the ball and take it to the house, we’re up seven points. I dropped it and didn’t get another chance. I got to make sure I make those plays. That’s my second one. What I like to do though is I like to drop them early in practice. Nah, just kidding.
THE NEXT PRACTICE: The Broncos practice Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. MDT and Wednesday morning at 8:45 a.m., but both sessions are closed to the general public. The next practice open to fans will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
|08-03-2010, 01:41 PM||#17|
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Denver Broncos Training Camp 2010 – Tuesday Aug. 3rd a.m. practice report
Posted Tue Aug 3rd by Kyle
Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Demarius Thomas misses a pass during the afternoon session of the first day of NFL football training camp at Broncos headquarters in Englewood, Colo., Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
It was more defensive domination Tuesday as the Denver Broncos returned for Day Three of their 2010 training camp. Fumbles and blown assignments highlighted a run-heavy practice that saw all four running backs split reps, although the offense certainly made a few highlight-reel-worthy plays.
Attendance Report: LB D.J. Williams, WR Kenny McKinley, S Josh Barrett, DL Chris Baker, NT Jamal Williams, LB Darrell Reid, T Ryan Clady, RB Knowshon Moreno, and RB Correll Buckhalter missed practice. 1,646 fans in attendance.
DL Ryan McBean — I’ve been impressed with McBean for a few practices now, and he finally gets a little spotlight for his efforts. In one-on-one drills, McBean is the toughest challenge for the opposing blocker. Today he tossed rookie Paul Duncan around before besting Tyler Polumbus a few minutes later. Moreover, the offense has struggled running to the left side in team drills in large part because Polumbus and Zane Beadles have yet to figure out how to handle both McBean and Elvis Dumervil.
LB Elvis Dumervil — Doom was everywhere today, literally and figuratively. The Broncos moved him around a bit, and the league’s sack-leader seemed to adapt to every challenge thrown his way. At one point he got past two blockers and blew up a screen to Matthew Willis, who would have been clotheslined to the ground in game action.
Returner Perrish Cox — It’s exciting to watch this kid every time a kickoff or punt goes his way. He has great vision and a real fluid, deceptive speed about him in each cut. He had another solid day today.
WR Demaryius Thomas — It was a rough practice for the rookie. Thomas dropped several passes, including one that went right through his hands and into a waiting Darcel McBath, who intercepted it. He also appeared to have missed a cut on a route Orton was expecting him to take.
QB Tim Tebow — Tebow didn’t have a terrible practice, but his attempt at a jump-shot pass in team drills (that went nowhere) drew laughs from those in attendance nearby. He also had a fumbled snap in 7-on-7’s.
LB Jarvis Moss — Moss was badly out of place and broke contain on a play in team drills, drawing jeers of “Come on, Jarvis!” from several assistant coaches. The offense was able to toss a short pass to Daniel Graham to the area Moss had vacated, who stumbled forward for a good 20 yards.
Play of the Day #1
During team drills, quarterback Kyle Orton fired at tight end Richard Quinn, who hauled in the difficult-to-catch ball for 15 yards. Seconds later Quinn fumbled as he fell to the ground, and Alphonso Smith recovered, rolled right, and saw daylight. Out of nowhere came 6′0″, 190 lb. WR Matthew Willis, who delivered the best hit of the day. There were murmurs that the hit was so intense that Dumervil angrily got in Willis’ face, although I didn’t see this take place.
Play of the Day #2
Orton delivered a deep beauty to Jabar Gaffney for a long touchdown during the two-minute drill.
The Broncos will next hold two media-only practices, one from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. today and the other from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. The next public practice is Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
|08-03-2010, 01:42 PM||#18|
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McNuggets: Broncos training camp quotes, 08/03/10 a.m.
Posted Tue Aug 3rd by Kyle
Josh McDaniels, Perrish Cox, Toney Baker, Renaldo Hill, Brian Dawkins, and Justin Bannan address the media after Tuesday a.m. practice.
HEAD COACH JOSH McDANIELS
On if he saw any improvements today
“Maybe on one side. You know, again, we started well. I thought the offense finished well on the two-minute drive. You know, there were some things in the middle we weren’t real pleased with, but again that’s training camp. We’re making progress in a lot of different areas. It’s hard to come out here as the head coach and feel like you had a great practice because when you are going against each other, you know, somebody is usually on the losing end; so you know there’s a lot of things to work on but (I) love our attitude and our energy and hopefully we can keep that up.”
On how much WRs Brandon Lloyd and Matthew Willis learned from being here last season
“Yeah, they’re playing like players that have been in the system before even though they didn’t play a lot of game snaps in that system, and that’s great for them. That means they did a lot of work on their own. They took all the information in. They paid attention in meetings last year. Again, those guys, that’s a – particularly for guys that have been in the National Football League for more than one year, to go through what they went through and kind of sat and waited their turn – they are making the most of their opportunities now.”
On what he sees differently in (LB) Jarvis Moss from a year ago
“He had a great offseason, and you know we talked to Jarvis about that being important for him. I think he’s stronger. His weight – he’s maintained his weight, which has been an up-and-down thing and has kind of fluctuated in the past (with) Jarvis. He’s got such a lean body, but he’s very powerful and as long as we can do that and keep him at the weight we want him to be at that will be good for him as far as the long term; but he’s playing, he knows the system better – it’s not his first year in this system playing as an outside linebacker and he’s doing a lot of the little things right that takes some time to learn, so we are excited about what we’ve got with Jarvis this year.”
On how tough it is as a coach to evaluate talent in training camp
“I think you can evaluate the athleticism and the things that you need them to do in terms of the speed, the separation that you want them to get or not in terms of the defensive backs. We are looking more at those things right now. Certainly, we’ll find out through our preseason games and then some of our tackling drills and those kinds of things – who’s willing to tackle and hit and bring people to the ground. But, we think that we’ve assembled a fairly tough football team in that regard too, you know, the skilled players. We’ve got some bigger corners this year. We know we got physical safeties. We have some bigger receivers, so I think that’s something we look forward to in the preseason, but the athleticism and the skill level – we can evaluate it.”
On what he has seen from RBs Kolby Smith and Lance Ball
“Up and down. There’s some good and then there’s some learning experiences that they’re going through. To me, I am treating them all like rookies – that group there – because even though some of them have been in the league for a little while, to learn our system and then to go out there and play fast in it and physical and do the things mentally we’re asking of them, it’s not easy. They are going through some ups and downs. The good thing is they are getting a lot of reps and I think with every rep, hopefully, they are learning something and then we can get better each practice.”
On if he is trying to ease (LB) D.J. Williams into practice
“There are going to be a lot of guys that are kind of fluctuating like that. I mean, I would be sitting here talking for 10 minutes about it every day if that was the case. There would be more guys tomorrow morning that won’t be out here. It’s just, you know, there’s some guys we want to make sure we monitor and are smart with – we take care of. D.J. is one of them. That doesn’t mean that guys don’t have things we need to nourish back to health either, so you know, there’s nothing wrong with D.J. We’ll have him out here soon.”
On his expectations for (LB) Mario Haggan
“Well, he’s a captain and everybody respects Mario incredibly. He’s a guy that’s worked his way from a special-teams player into a starting defensive player and now he’s moved positions and he’s playing – having a really good training camp so far. I think the guys expect him to be vocal, loud – which he is never shy about doing that – and physical. That’s showing up in the middle of our defense right now and we are excited about what that group can do. He’s a 270-pound guy playing ‘Mike’ linebacker and there’s some other guys in that linebacking corps that have size too, so he just makes it even that much bigger.”
RUNNING BACK TONEY BAKER
On getting increased repetitions
“Just taking it as an opportunity to get better each and every day. We’re praying for (RBs Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno) to come back soon, very soon, but we’ve just got to keep on trying to get better each day.”
On the opportunity the increased repetitions represent
“It’s a great opportunity, it really is. I’ve just got to keep my head in the book and just come out and work every day and try to solidify a spot on this team and that’s what I’m up to do every day.”
On coming in as an undrafted free agent
“Really, I just took it as an opportunity. I kind of expected to get drafted and when that didn’t happen, I was a little upset with that but the Broncos, they brought me in and I think they believe in me and I’m just going to keep working hard and do the best I can.”
On when the Broncos called him
“They actually called me late in the seventh round saying that if I didn’t get picked up by anybody that they’d like me to come out and they wished me luck for the rest of the draft and they sure did, they called me right after the last pick.”
On which other teams called for him
“Yeah, I got maybe five or six other teams that called and they just kept calling and I just had to think about it. I really felt that this would be the best spot for me and the best opportunity.”
On why he chose to come to the Broncos
“Really, I didn’t see any power backs on the roster, and I just thought that it would be a great place to play. I grew up watching the Broncos and I liked the Broncos a lot watching (former Broncos RB) Terrell Davis and those teams and I just thought it would be a good opportunity.”
On Denver’s history of successful players who were chosen late in the draft or brought in as free agents
“Yeah, obviously, that is something I hope could work out for me and they’re very open minded here which I love and the best players are going to play.”
On whether he likes to run over a defender or run around him
“It really just depends for me but I definitely love lowering the shoulder and running between the tackles. I think that’s why they brought me here but I definitely can get outside as well.”
On whether he feels more in a rhythm getting more repetitions
“Absolutely, particularly in pass protections and things of that nature. Everybody here can run or we wouldn’t be here, but just things like that in the passing game, that is really helping me get comfortable with the offense.”
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN JUSTIN BANNAN
“It’s tough, I’m tired. It’s a grind, there’s no way around it. The first week of camp is always a pain in the butt and you just have to get used to wearing the pads, wearing the helmet, running those sprints after practice – they’ll kill you but it’s just the way it is. This is why it’s football.”
On whether this camp is any different for him than previous camps
“Not too much, at the end of the day, it’s all universal. There are 31 other teams out there doing the same thing, so like I said, it is what it is and you just have to get through it.”
On the defensive line
“We’re coming along. I think each day we’re improving and that’s a good thing. I think the main thing throughout this camp is going to be us building the chemistry together, learn how to work together, just learning how each individual comes about going to work and just becoming a cohesive unit – that’s going to be the key on defense. Learn that chemistry with each other.”
CORNERBACK PERRISH COX
On his impact in special teams
“There was one extra good reason I got drafted – for special teams. It’s kind of one of the big things I love to do. Any way I can help out. (WR) Eddie (Royal) has got a lot of plays, offensively. If I can help him out by returning a lot of kicks, I wouldn’t mind doing that.”
On his performance on special teams so far
“Actually, I think I’m doing pretty good. I get a lot of reps after (practice). I catch a lot of balls and work on ball security, so I get a lot of work at it.”
On the emphasis on special teams in today’s practice
“It kind of broke me down a little bit, but it’s something I’ve got to work through. I’ve got to just get my stamina up and work hard and do what I can do after practice and get a lot of extra work in.”
On his conversations with WR Eddie Royal during drills
“We just put in a few extra returns earlier today, so I ask him for a little help – who am I cutting off of and who do I look for when I return kicks? That’s one of the things I look forward to — just like I do with (CB) Champ (Bailey) at corner.”
On what he’s learned from CB Champ Bailey
“Everything. I actually go to him more than I go to Coach – every little aspect. What am I looking for on this play and that play. He helps me with everything.”
On the difference between punt and kick returns
“Punt (return) is more difficult than kickoffs because you’ve got a lot of players running at you, and then you’ve got to focus on catching the ball and the punt team. I’d say I like kickoff return better.”
On practicing in pads
“It’s kind of better. You don’t have a receiver coming off the line easily – just a free route. You can jam and work on a lot of different techniques.”
SAFETY BRIAN DAWKINS
On his memories of Vikings QB Brett Favre
“I think the thing for those who can look past the late decision every year – what the last five or six years (was) – that to me was just a warrior. He was one of those guys that fought through a lot of injuries. He not only fought through injuries but played at a high level for a long period of time. He took a lot of chances. You knew that playing against him and you knew that playing with him, but you knew that in those chances a lot of those chances would be good chances as far as your team being able to make plays and win the game. He’s definitely a warrior.”
On if he believes Favre will retire for good
“Man, I don’t know. Do you see how the sun is out here beaming? This is the third day of two-a-days, and I’m trying to make sure I get everything down defensively. I’m not worried whether this is for real or not.”
On the physicality today
“It’s a mindset. Your body gets fatigued. Your mind gets fatigued. You have to push through it. You saw the guys. It’s not just one guy pumping up everybody. It’s a collective thing. Guys start to feel that and you push through. That’s how you build a strong mental football team – when you have to push through things like that together.”
On LB Mario Haggan
“Not thinking, just playing. He just has to go out and be Mario and not think about stuff. If you’re thinking, you’re going to be a step slow. When you don’t think and you know, you can let your athleticism show. That’s where I think Mario is going to go.”
On CB Champ Bailey
“Champ – he’s one of the best guys I’ve ever seen of conserving energy. Champ’s laid back and just chill, but when it’s time to play, he lights that thing up. He’s just one of those guys that has obviously God-given ability, but he can dial in. But when he doesn’t need to dial in, he’s laid back and letting everything just happen.”
On the emotions of today’s practice
“This is camp. You’re hot, aggravated, tired. You need to have a little aggravation – a little fisticuffs sometimes.”
On what impresses him in the young receivers
“Hands in traffic, being able to catch the ball when a lot of things are going on around you and being able to catch the ball, and then being able to separate. Obviously, some things are a little different between college and pros. There’s a certain degree of separation that you need to have as a receiver whether you’re old or young, and you can see it in the good young receivers.”
On how quickly he can evaluate a young receiver
“It takes a while, especially until you get in pads. In shorts, everybody looks good in shorts. You get in pads, camp, fatigue a little bit. It will take a while.”
On WR Brandon Lloyd
“Brandon’s been making some big plays for us – in minicamps and here in camp. He’s making big catches on a consistent basis. You were just talking about him not being consistent. For us, he’s been consistent thus far, so hopefully he can continue to do what he’s doing and make big plays for us.”
On LB Jarvis Moss
“You can see (he’s re-dedicated) in his mindset. Obviously, I haven’t been with Jarvis in other years – what everybody’s talking about. All I see is Jarvis today. What I see of Jarvis today is a guy who is dialed in, dedicated. He’s pushing himself and asking questions left and right in the meeting room to make sure he’s where he needs to be for our defense. That’s what I see in him.”
SAFETY RENALDO HILL
On whether each camp he’s been in has been different
“I think each year is different. Coaches – there are certain things they want to work on from day to day and as a player you have to come out and be ready to attack it because we’re going to go through those certain situations during the season and it’s important for us to go through it now so we’re prepared when the season comes.”
On what being in his second year in the system means to him
“It’s definitely good that we have one year under our belt, especially with the guys on the back end. I played with (CB) André (Goodman) but as far as playing with (CB) Champ (Bailey) and (S Brian) “Dawk” (Dawkins), that was totally different and we really had to come in quickly and gel but having a year under our belts, we kind of know each other’s mannerisms and we talk a little bit more. I know what Champ is thinking a little bit more, I know what “Dawk” is thinking at certain times so it’s about getting on the (same) page and then getting that to the next level. It’s always about getting better and getting to the next level. We feel we should be able to take another step forward in this second year.”
On new faces bringing improvement to the defensive line
“It’s definitely important because I think we go hand in hand from the back end to the front seven and we do have some guys playing in a different position. (LB) Mario (Haggan) is moving around a lot. We’ve got (LB) Robert Ayers, who is a newer face, plus the three down linemen we have, so it’s important for us all to get on the same page and continue to talk – not only on the field but once we get into the meeting room. That’s when we can make those adjustments so that when we come back on the field we don’t make those some errors and continue to get better from there.”
On playing for defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale
“It’s important for our defense so when we have a defensive coordinator that is vocal, it’s only going to make us want to be more vocal. If I can hear him – and I want him to hear me making the calls and I’m sure the rest of the guys feel the same way – and when everybody is vocal and talking that’s when the mistakes cut down and that’s when we can go out there and play faster and that’s all we want to do – play fast, physical, tough football.”
On WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker
“They’re doing a great job of coming out here each day and just getting better – listening to the coaches and we already know they had the stature, they already have the physical abilities but it’s about being able to read the coverages and listen to the coaches and just getting better day to day. They have some great veterans in front of them so taking their advice as well.”
|08-03-2010, 01:50 PM||#19|
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Great stuff guys! Thanks for posting all of this!
|08-03-2010, 01:54 PM||#20|
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|08-03-2010, 02:07 PM||#21|
John Foneco !!
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Sizing Up Bronco Quarterbacks
All right, Broncos fans! It's time for a little pre-season preview. Every few days I will share some thoughts on a different position and its situation leading up to the season. For example: Quarterbacks, running backs, offensive line etc. I will assume that as Broncos fans, you know the players involved and how they arrived with the Broncos, so this will unlike most previews. Rather than tell you who plays what position, and their stats from last season, I will focus on giving you random thoughts and concerns about each position from a die-hard fans perspective. First up, quarterbacks:
Now, there has been a lot of talk about Tim Tebow and the wild circus of lovers and haters that follow him. But it's Kyle Orton, not Tebow, that should really be the focus this off-season. He is the Broncos starting quarterback and until someone takes the job from him, he is the guy most responsible for this team's success. With an aging defense and his seat getting hotter by the year, Josh McDaniels has no time to wait for his young star in the making; he has to win now. Orton had a good season last year and should be even better entering his second season in McDaniels' complex offensive system.
I also disagree with the notion that somehow McDaniels' success as a head coach is now directly linked to the success of Tebow. Not to bad-mouth Orton (pictured below with Brady Quinn), but if the
Broncos can compete for the playoffs this season with him at quarterback, I think that McDaniels will have once again proven his ability to coach and develop talent, regardless of Tebows' success or lack of it. McDaniels and Tebow will always be linked together, but I doubt either will fail or succeed because of the other.
Speaking of Tebow, here are a few thoughts:
The so-called "draft experts" say Tebow won't make it as a NFL quarterback, huh? Well, I've got a question for you. When was the last time Mel Kiper Jr. or Todd McShay developed an NFL quarterback? McDaniels has done wonders with almost every quarterback he's worked with, so excuse me if I lean toward the coach and not some video-cave dwelling, letter-grade giving "expert." If McDaniels thinks Tebow is worth a first-round pick, who cares what "mock draft guy" thinks?
I know I said no stats, but here are a few. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was the No. 1 pick in this years draft. For 2007 and 2008 Bradford averaged 3,920 passing yards with 43 touchdowns, 8 interceptions and a 178.2 rating. In the same two seasons Tebow had numbers that compared very favorably, averaging 3,016 passing yards with 31 touchdowns, only 5 interceptions and a 172.4 rating. That's not mentioning the fact that Bradford missed almost the entire 2009 season due to injury, while Tebow played like he was carved from granite, starting 40 straight games in the rugged SEC as a running quarterback.
Which brings me to a few more stats:
C.J. Spiller was arguably the best running back in college football last year. In his last three seasons at Clemson, he rushed for a combined 2,609 yards and 22 touchdowns, with an average of 5.4 yards per carry. Tebow, in the same three seasons rushed for a combined 2,478 yards with an astounding 49 touchdowns and a 4.2 yards per carry average. He had 23 rushing touchdowns in 2007 alone.
I realize that college success doesn't always translate into pro success, but the dude is a football player. It's almost unfathomable that over a three year period, Tebow put up comparable numbers to two of the top prospects in all of college football at two different positions. Plus, the Gators were always in national championship contention and Tebow always played under the Hiesman spotlight with an enormous target on his back. Bet against him if you want, but something tells me that the "chosen one" Timothy Tebow, will continue to do what he's alway's done: Whatever it takes to win.
As for Brady Quinn, I'll say this: I think McDaniels might have a little case of "Jon Gruden-itis." He seems all too eager to keep adding quarterbacks to "add competion" to the position. It started with Chris Simms, then Orton, then he traded up to get Brandstater, then Quinn, now Tebow. Yo, Joshy, enough already! Pick a winner and let's get to it.
-- SONNY PLATT
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|08-03-2010, 02:10 PM||#23|
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Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: London, ON
I am loving what I am hearing about the defensive front, Mcbean, Fields, Dumervil, Ayers, Bannan and it will only get better with Jamal Williams in there as well. I love the aggression, I want the defense to play angry, like Dawkins, just go out there and smack people around.
Is it too early to predict a top 10 unit in terms of points and yards?
|08-03-2010, 02:12 PM||#24|
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