Good Morning, Broncos fans! Denver put on the pads yesterday for the first time since January (video, more video, photos, more photos), with the offense apparently getting a leg up on the defense for the day. Mike McCoy and Jack Del Rio spoke afterward, and Tom Jackson chatted with John Elway (videos).
During the morning session, Quinton Carter remained sidelined with his hamstring injury, while Justin Bannan and Chris Kuper took their initial first-team snaps of camp. Peyton Manning and Eric Decker were standouts, and Broncos royalty was in attendance in the form of Terrell Davis and Karl Mecklenburg; the Snow Goose is helping coach the pass rush in an unofficial capacity. Brock Osweiler practiced holding for field goals, while Philip Blake worked on snapping to the QBs.
In the evening walkthrough, Chris Clark stood in for Orlando Franklin at right tackle after Franklin tweaked his neck earlier in the day.
While lineups get shuffled to give coaches looks at different players, Danny Trevathan has so far been a consistent presence with the first-team nickel defense. Omar Bolden picked off two passes yesterday, one from fellow ex-Sun Devil Osweiler and the other off Caleb Hanie. Reports on Brock continue to note an improved throwing motion, and the one pick was his only blemish.
The team has one practice this afternoon, open to the public.
Derek Wolfe is impressing so far as he tries to make up for time lost when schoolwork kept him from attending OTAs.
Demaryius Thomas says he's spent two hours per day throughout the offseason studying the new offensive playbook, and his work in camp has impressed Champ Bailey and John Fox. The third-year receiver figures he'll see a lot more zone coverage compared to the man-to-man he faced last season.
The signing of safety Anthony Perkins yesterday makes for 16 ex-Buffs currently on NFL rosters.
Rod Smith tells Predominantly Orange that the incumbent Broncos should already have been working as hard as Peyton prior to his arrival, but of course, nobody worked as hard as Rod when he was around either.
Mike Klis has finally shaken off the influence of trying to sell his own book and admits that signing PMFM and dumping Teebs was the right move. Meanwhile, Woody Paige reprises Klis's own ridiculousness in trying to attach a percentage to the condition of Manning's arm, which he evaluates as being at 90%. Woody declares that Ronnie Hillman will impact the Broncos more than most expect, that Tracy Porter may be the best free-agent addition (what about the QB, Woodrow?), and like Klis, he's been told that Elvis Dumervil will get past his Miami incident without consequence.
Jacksonville placed Maurice Jones-Drew on their reserve/did not report list; Pittsburgh says they are not willing to trade WR Mike Wallace; TE Dustin Keller is the latest Jet to express unhappiness about his contract situation.
Even Kyle Boller thought better of joining the Chargers - he retired a day after signing with them.
A sale of the Browns from Randy Lerner to Jimmy Haslam could happen quickly.
Packers TE D.J. Williams spent his offseason wrestling cows back home in Arkansas.
Ben Stockwell examines efficiency on out routes.
In his Sunday column, Ian Rappoport ponders ridiculous photos of Teebs and Tom Brady.
Today's trivia question from Chase Stuart covers running back YPA from last season.