The Broncos took to the field again for the first time since their preseason win over the San Francisco 49ers. It was a lively practice for a group of guys that crawled into bed at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning.
The offensive line is slowly being pieced back together. Ryan Clady was in shoulder pads today and working the left tackle spot, albeit, gingerly.
“We’re obviously taking that slow and trying to be as smart as possible, while still trying to get Ryan ready for the season opener,” John Fox said. “At this stage, I think everything is on target.”
Orlando Franklin was back at right tackle after missing some practice time last week.
Making his return to practice after suffering a sprained ankle was Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. DRC was in full pads and got through individual drills, but he didn’t participate in any 11-on-11 drills. His goal is to play this coming week against Seattle.
“That’s a game-time decision, but for the most part I’m working towards it,” Rodgers-Cromartie said.
Some highlights from Saturday morning’s practice include an interception made on each of the Broncos’ top-3 quarterbacks. Rahim Moore intercepted Peyton Manning, Mike Adams picked off an errant Brock Osweiler pass, and Kayvon Webster stole one from Zac Dysert. Adams and Webster each had picks in the first preseason game as well.
After the first team offense went three-and-out from inside the 20-yard line, Osweiler connected with Virgil Green (covered by Quentin Jammer) in the back of the end zone for the score.
Wes Welker was held out of practice. Fox called it a “club decision.” He seemed to be walking around just fine. Tony Carter didn’t participate either.
Working on the empty east field with strength and conditioning coach Luke Richesson was Jacob Tamme and Chris Kuper. Quentin Carter watched the guys run through some cones and do footwork drills.
The Broncos have a walk-through (closed to the public) at 6:00 p.m. and then a day off on Sunday. They will resume practice Monday at 10:25 a.m.