We hear over and over again from Broncos players that going against Peyton Manning everyday in practice is only making them better.
Champ Bailey stepped into the media pocket Monday afternoon, and spoke of defending Manning in practice.
“There’s not a lot of turnover opportunities,” Bailey said. “Not a lot of quarterbacks are that sharp. I’ll say 90% of them are not that sharp. We’re going to face some of those 90%. As long as we’re covering our guys in practice and close enough to make the play, we’ll make some plays in games.”
It’s almost like training with a weighted vest, and then running a 5k without it.
“It makes the games easier because you’re going to face the best in practice everyday in Peyton,” Bailey said. “If you get in a game, you’re probably not going to see a guy of his caliber.”
The Broncos face some very good QBs this season in Matt Ryan, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Joe Flacco, and Philip Rivers just to name a few.
Unfortunately the first string defense didn’t get to see any action against Jay Cutler last Thursday, but they didn’t let backup Jason Campbell get much of anything. He went 4-for-5 for just 13 yards and he was sacked once.
It was a good start,” Bailey said of the first preseason game. “That’s all it was. We can’t look too much into it.”