Broncos forced inside to close quarters
The Broncos began their work outside under ominous skies that turned threatening when lightning struck within three miles of the facility. They promptly sprinted inside their headquarters building as officials sent the 2,917 fans back to their cars. The relocated practice was closed to the public; there was barely enough room for the media, let alone the fans, in a building whose dimensions compromised the practice. To simulate kickoff returns on the 80-yard field, the football was handed to returners Mike Adams, Matt Willis, Ronnie Hillman, Omar Bolden and Andre Caldwell; any actual kickoffs would have skipped off the dome’s ceiling. When receivers ran crossing or out routes, they had to hold up, because the distance from the sideline to the wall was less than 10 feet.
Interesting note from this weather-related bit? Mike Adams is being considered for (we assume) punt return.
Crennel Opens Up About Training Camp
TUCKER: On a personal level, how did you feel when you heard that Matt Cassel had been booed at a charity all-star game?
CRENNEL: “I was not in town and it was after the fact that I heard that, but what I think it will do, will be motivation for Matt to come out and prove that he is the guy that can get it done and lead this team to the playoffs like he’s done before. I think that that’s what will happen.”
If getting booed motives Matt Cassel, he's got to be really motivated this year.
Would Chiefs fans boo Brady Quinn? It's a little early to tell, but they'll probably get the chance soon enough.
Sometimes you wake up and you go through the motions; other times, you feel a Limerick coming on.
Unrein on the line is unreal,
and larger this year--sex appeal.
he brings it each day,
from practice squad to tungsten steel.
Let it breathe. Then try your own in the comment section. The worst thing that can happen is laughter.
Stuart Zaas of the official site slipped an interesting little nugget into his summary of yesterday afternoon's walkthrough practice:
After he was done taking first-team reps, Manning worked with [Chris] Kuper on snapping the ball.
Does this mean anything? Probably not. Manning is a noted workaholic. Give him five minutes and he'll burn off the time with yet another drill.
We're not reading much into this. Still, for those about to speculate, we
salute poll(ute) you.
(H/t: Kaleb Harvey, for the heads up.)
Happy Friday, Broncos fans! In accordance with the new CBA's ban on full-contact two-a-days, the Broncos held a private walkthrough yesterday evening to complete the first day of training camp. RG Chris Kuper, who had not worked with the starters during morning practice, was back with them for the evening.
As for that morning session (BTV, photos), the departure of undrafted rookie Eric Page, who was waived due to a knee injury, left Eric Decker, Syd'Quan Thompson, Tracy Porter, and Drayton Florence to field punts. C.J. Davis was the backup center, meaning rookie Philip Blake isn't just competing with starter J.D. Walton for the spot, if he is at all.
Good Evening, Broncos fans! The team kicked off training camp today in front of the largest crowd ever assembled at Dove Valley; nearly 4,400 fans gathered to see Peyton Manning & Co. practice (photos).
Although Chris Kuper has been cleared medically, he did not practice with the starting five today; Manny Ramirez subbed for him. Brandon Stokley sat out with a case of the flu; Andre Caldwell acted as the third receiver and made several impressive plays.
Over on defense, Mitch Unrein (due to an injury to Justin Bannan) and Rahim Moore ran with the first-teamers, with Tracy Porter lining up across from Champ Bailey and ahead of Drayton Florence and Chris Harris.
Manning and coach John Fox (videos) spoke afterward and praised the tempo of practice and the level of fan support. Peyton says he's already accustomed to wearing his new orange and blue colors, and that he appreciates being back to the familiarity of practice. So far, so good.
Did Football Kill Austin Trenum?
“I don’t know what’s wrong with Austin,” Michelle said. “He shouldn’t disrespect me like that.”
“He’s a teenager,” Gil said. “I’ll go talk to him.”
Gil went inside. He passed the kitchen table, where his cheesecake sat untouched. He walked up the stairs, the same stairs where Austin would ambush Walker when he came home from school, peppering him with foam darts from a toy gun. The door to Austin’s room was open.
Michelle Trenum heard her husband scream.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Peytonpalooza, the series of events formerly known around these parts as Broncos training camp, kicks off today at Dove Valley. Prepare yourselves for the forthcoming onslaught of Peyton Porn of this variety from NFL Network (He's HERE!). Later today, the "He THREW!" episode will air, to be followed by "He threw IN PADS" on Saturday.
In a couple of weeks, there will be the four-hour pregame show for his preseason debut in Chicago, along with the "He took his FIRST HIT as a Bronco!" segment that will loop endlessly on Sportscenter, with "He GOT UP and threw again!" shortly thereafter, we can only hope.
Until then, we'll get to hear/read over and over that expectations have been lifted in Denver, that everyone is watching Peyton, that his presence turns what is normally a mundane responsibility into a rock show, and that the defense finally gets to face a real quarterback in practice. And for six months, or until the Broncos are (or aren't) eliminated, we'll be reminded that the next Big Game is being played in the new QB's hometown.
According to head coach John Fox (video), the Broncos won’t be giving many first-string reps to longtime starting linebacker D.J. Williams.
Williams, entering his ninth season with the team, will be serving a six-game suspension for ‘non-human urine’ in a required urinalysis, and who may also be dealing with the legal aftermath of a DUI. The first attempt at trying the November, 2010 DUI incident ended in a mistrial over the selection of jurors in May. The case will be retried in August.
On the day players are reporting to Dove Valley for conditioning tests in advance of tomorrow's first training camp practice, the Broncos have already waived two undrafted rookies due to injuries.
The MAC record holder for career receptions, wideout Eric Page had been expected to compete for a roster spot as a punt returner. But according to Mike Klis, Page suffered a torn ACL recently, while former Texas A&M corner Coryell Judie reportedly has a disc problem in his back.