Bruton, Jammer seeing first-team reps; Gradishar attends practice

Backup safety and special teams ace David Bruton continued to work with the first-team defense at Wednesday's minicamp practices. Afterward, Jack Del Rio praised Bruton's measurables, intelligence, and on-field leadership, while Champ Bailey said Bruton "looks like a different player" as he starts his second contract with the team.

Also seeing reps with the starting defense was recent signee Quentin Jammer, who says he's adjusting to the increased vocalness required of the position as compared to his more familiar corner spot. Although Jammer had played safety at Texas, his entire NFL career was spent as a corner in San Diego.

Stars of the day, according to Andrew Mason, were CB Chris Harris, DE Jeremy Beal, and wideouts Wes Welker, Gerell Robinson, and Lamaar Thomas. Expectedly, Willis McGahee was eased into more action on Wednesday after mostly spectating on Tuesday.

Smoke from the area's wildfires forced the team's afternoon walkthrough indoors; they're expected to hold one practice session and a conditioning test on Thursday, before adjourning until training camp begins in late July.

Ring of Famers Randy Gradishar and Billy Thompson were in attendance, with Gradishar offering some motivational words following practice - even likening Von Miller to HOFer Lawrence Taylor.

Thompson is around the team more often, as he remains their director of community outreach.

John Fox, who has made it a point to keep his players in touch with the franchise's most accomplished players, also had Brian Griese address the squad on Monday night.

Videos: Jack Del Rio, Von Miller, and Randy Gradishar speak after practice.

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