The Denver Broncos got back to work Monday morning after having Sunday off. The team looked healthier than it had in the past week with Tony Carter and Jacob Tamme back in full pads. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was in full pads and participated in team drills as opposed to being limited to individual drills like he was at the end of last week. Left tackle Ryan Clady was in shoulder pads again, but was limited in team drills. Even tight end Joel Dreessen was back on the sideline watching after having a “clean up” arthroscopic knee surgery last Monday.
Some highlights from the practice include David Bruton convincingly breaking up a Peyton Manning pass intended for Wes Welker in 7-on-7 drills. The safety later intercepted a Brock Osweiler pass that was deflected by Aaron Hester.
Manning and Champ Bailey went at each other throughout the day. During 7-on-7′s, Manning hit Eric Decker in the back of the end zone, but one play later the Pro Bowl corner intercepted a Manning pass intended for Demaryius Thomas. Once the team went to 11′s, Bailey broke up another Manning pass intended for Thomas.
The team entertained the crowd with some long balls in one-on-one work. During the session, Thomas caught a 50-yard touchdown pass from Manning over Chris Harris. Manning also found Andre Caldwell for a deep touchdown during the drill.
Stewart Bradley is competing hard with Nate Irving for the starting middle linebacker spot. He intercepted Zac Dysert, showing that he too, can make plays.
Robert Ayers got in on the playmaking action when he batted down a Manning pass in the red zone.
The practice ended with a lot of special teams work. The Broncos will take the field again on Tuesday at 8:50 a.m.