Day 20: Broncos Training Camp Observations

Cameron Parker
Jul 28, 2016; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos fans walk behind the Pat Bowlen training facility during before the start of camp drills held at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 28, 2016; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos fans walk behind the Pat Bowlen training facility during before the start of camp drills held at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kyle Peko

Oct 24, 2015; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers defensive tackle Kyle Peko (99) stops Colorado Buffaloes running back Phillip Lindsay (23) at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 24, 2015; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers defensive tackle Kyle Peko (99) stops Colorado Buffaloes running back Phillip Lindsay (23) at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports /

Vance Walker was carted off the field yesterday in practice because of an apparent knee injury. Now, Walker will miss the entire season with an ACL injury forcing the Broncos to shift players along the defensive line. Sylvester Williams and Darius Kilgo were not practicing today, which left Kyle Peko as the option to fill their roles. This move could make it clear, they view Peko as making it known he will more than likely be on the roster.

Gary Kubiak sees a few players who could fill the void left by Walker.

“Expect a lot of Gotsis and Kilgo; Peko has come a long way. It’s an opportunity for guys to step Crick. It’s part of football and we have to make it work.”

Peko, more importantly is another nose tackle who could step in over Kilgo if he shines in practice. The Oregon State Beaver defensive lineman has incredible brute force and despite his short stature, Peko has tremendous movement for a guy of his height. Before the draft process began, some experts on NFL.com believed he would be picked between rounds six and seven. That is tremendous value for a player, whom the Broncos signed after the NFL Draft.

The quickness and movement of a pile is impressive and Peko’s motor was tough to stop. A particular Pac-12 Scout had this to say about Peko.

“He’s fun to watch because he flashes so much. I don’t know what you do with him because of his size, but he was a challenge for everyone to block in the conference.”

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