The way major injury news flowed in last year, you almost have to cross your fingers and hope for the best when the pads come on at training camp. Thank goodness for the Broncos, the first day of full-contact and pads at training camp didn’t come with any major injury news.
Injuries: John Boyett and Derek Wolfe had lower back tightness. Greg Latta sprained a knee.
— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) July 26, 2014
You’ll take even less injury news than that on a given day of training camp, but certainly that’s nothing to complain about. The Broncos were out and hitting on Saturday, something the entire team has been dying to do since their last game left a bitter taste in their mouths.
For some others, it was an opportunity to show why the Broncos paid up such a price to make them part of the roster. Guys like T.J. Ward thrive in full contact situations, and that was apparent on day three as multiple reports came flooding in of his aggressive style and how he was attacking the ball carriers.
News also came out about DeMarcus Ware exploding off the edge, something I think we can all get used to hearing this season. Bradley Roby mentioned after day two of practice how eager he was to start hitting people so he could get some of his aggression out, and perhaps knowing he can hit people will allow him to play more free and not have to think about as much.
Among defensive players earning positive marks in practice reports across the Broncos-sphere were backups Brandon Marshall, Marvin Austin, Louis Young (again), and Kayvon Webster.
It’s great to have these kinds of reports coming in from the first day of full contact. Hopes and prayers that they continue this way!