The smell of sunscreen pervaded the air, the heat bubbled at a toasty 98-degrees, and watermelon was the treat of the day. This wasn’t a day at the beach, but another day, the 18th day to be exact, of Broncos training camp.
Josh McDaniels spoke to the media before practice in a thick hoodie. Thank goodness he didn’t wear that out on the field today. Football is a game played in extremes, so it’s only fitting that the heat surrounded training camp like a Dutch oven cooking a homemade stew.
D.J. Williams was not only in action today, but was wearing a traditional blue defensive jersey, meaning that he’s ready for contact.
Besides Moss being back in action, rookie wide receiver Eric Decker was participating in practice. Demaryius Thomas was absent. Brandon Stokley, Champ Bailey, and Daniel Graham had the afternoon off.
With the heat being the major obstacle of the day, the Broncos water bottle fillers constantly ran back and forth from the water tent, making sure the players and coaches stayed hydrated.
As the Broncos begin to prepare for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Lions, two offensive players wore red jerseys simulating Calvin Johnson and Jahvid Best. The defense did a nice job on these two.
The Broncos spent a significant portion of practice working on special teams. Against the Bengals, the Broncos had some trouble in this area. Patrick Carter, Alphonso Smith, and Perrish Cox were responsible for kick returns.
To cap off practice, the pressure was put on the veteran big guys. Some guys from the offensive line had to catch a couple of passes to ensure the “no-curfew” night that the coaching staff offered up. The balls were caught and Kyle Orton jumped up and down as if he had just won a regular season game on a winning touchdown pass. Some of the guys will get to spend their first night in their own bed at home in a long time. That’s just how long training camp is.