For players, training camp is all about getting better and showing coaches that they have what it takes to make the team.
Evaluations have been well underway, but Broncos players will have the chance to show some more true colors during Saturday’s scrimmage.
“Tomorrow they will get 36 plays; a lot of them will get just 12 plays of team activity,” head coach John Fox said after Friday’s practice. “That will be their first opportunity to prove how they do under pressure. We turn around pretty quick and go to San Francisco for the first preseason game and they also have that opportunity.”
Overall, Fox said that he was looking forward to seeing the guys play in a big stadium, in front of a big crowd, and in an environment where there’s a little more pressure.
“We are probably just going to thin down what we have installed and give our guys a chance to just go out and execute,” offensive coordinator Adam Gase said. “We don’t want to get too tricky. We will run our best stuff and see our guys execute.”
Once again practice got heated with a little brawl breaking out at the beginning.
Players who performed well Friday include Eric Decker, who beat out Champ Bailey twice in the end zone for the touchdown. Trindon Holliday found some nice holes on kick returns. David Bruton intercepted a pass in one-on-one drills while Shaun Phillips would have recorded two sacks on Brock Osweiler.
Once again T Ryan Clady was limited in practice. Broncos who did not practice include: G Justin Boren (big toe), CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (ankle), TE Jacob Tamme (quad), DT Sylvester Williams(knee), and DE Derek Wolfe (illness).
Fox said that Williams is getting much closer to returning while Wolfe was sent home so that he wouldn’t infect his teammates.