Week one of the Broncos training camp has now come to an end and there is a lot to discuss.
All the starting receivers proved their talent as expected. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker were great all over the field including a few impressive catches in the corners of the end zone. I only saw Thomas drop one pass today and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had very good coverage of Decker that resulted in an incomplete pass.
Aside from Peyton Manning and the receivers all having their great moments there were a few impressive plays coming from elsewhere causing the fans to ask each other, “who is number 15, 33 and 37.”
Number 15 is wide receiver Tavarres King who was the first one out on the field and has been for the last few practices. His drive and determination was clear from the get-go and he had some impressive catches from Brock Osweiler.
Osweiler was also looking good and had a few impressive “through the needle” passes. Learning from one of the best quarterbacks in the league will hopefully make him a valuable asset in the future.
Number 33 was strong safety Duke Ihenacho who came out waving his arms to get the crowd pumped up. Ihenacho, who came to Denver undrafted in 2012 and only played in the preseason last year, made an interception right before the ball hit the ground and ran it for a touchdown.
Number 37 was running back Jeremiah Johnson who had a great run for a touchdown from Osweiler.
Staying with the running game Ronnie Hillman also had a few long runs. Rookie Montee ball unfortunately was intercepted by Danny Trevathan proving that one of the great things about training camp is that they are all playing against each other and yet they are all still on the same team.
To start the day the tempo was a little slow but after stretching (the fans had to take part in the stretching as well being that this is Broncos country) the tempo heightened and with today being the second day of pads the aggressiveness came.
Unfortunately having to practice at a higher physical nature means more potential injuries.
Ryan Clady was still limited in practice today and Dan Koppen had to be wheeled off the field in what Mike Klis with the Denver Post reported to be a torn ACL. If true that is a huge hit for the Broncos as even I reported last week that Koppen was our main guy at the center spot. It looks like our center spot is becoming more and more limited considering JD Walton is injured as well and may be back October at the earliest. Next options are Manny Ramirez, CJ Davis and Phillip Blake. It will be important to keep an eye on that spot this week to see who will fill in.
Derek Wolfe also left practice after an ankle injury. This took place right after he had an impressive tackle in the endzone. He was able to put weight on it and just appeared to be limping slightly. Lets hope that his ankle injury isn’t serious considering he is a huge asset to the Broncos defense.
A few other shining moments came from a few end zone blocks coming from Terrance Knighton and Rahim Moore. It was obvious that Moore specifically is determined to improve considering his last few plays in the last playoff game, he has something to prove and it is obvious he is trying.
It is clear the Denver Broncos have plenty of skilled players so it will be interesting to see who fits in where. It will be interesting to see what happens next week. Remember Saturday August 3rd is the Summer Scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Gates open at 5pm and it is free to the public.