The Denver Broncos were back at for the first time since mid-January.
This week consists of voluntary off season training activities (OTA’s). The next time the Broncos will meet as a group will be for non-volunatary OTA’s from June 11-13.
It’s a good sign when guys like Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Champ Bailey, and Shaun Phillips show up for the voluntary workout. In fact, the only non-injured veteran that didn’t show was running back Willis McGahee.
“I thought excellent,” John Fox said of how he thought the first day went. “It was the first time we’ve gotten to go against each other, offense and defense. We had a great team meeting today, kind of defining how Phase Three is supposed to operate. I thought it was very crisp. Guys’ attitudes were great, their work ethic was great and it was a good first day all-in-all.”
This was the first time that the veterans and the rookies mixed as well.
Starting safety Rahim Moore was pulled as one of the players that had to address the media on day one. It was time to answer some questions regarding the playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
“That night, I couldn’t sleep for nothing,” Moore said. “That’s just how the game is, you know what I mean? But I was right back on the plane and right back to work, I felt good, I was healthy. My mind wasn’t probably healthy. But I’m fine now, I’m good.”
Moore said that his teammates have been especially supportive of him.
“A lot of my teammates, Peyton [Manning] ,Champ [Bailey]…So, I’ve been blessed with the supporting cast that I’ve had,” Moore said of who reached out to him.
There’s no doubt that Moore improved from his rookie year to his second year. He had 60 tackles in 2012 compared to 31 tackles in 2011. Moore was asked if he thinks he can have the same kind of growth in his third year.
“Absolutely. I’m going to make a better leap. It’s Year Three, it’s time to get it going and be that player that they drafted me to be. I love this game, I love my teammates, I love this organization. I mean, I even love our grass. I love our owner, I love the things we do here. I couldn’t imagine being nowhere else. So, I mean, why not come out here and put out my blood, sweat and tears for this organization. Why not?”