The Denver Broncos opened up training camp with a new coaching staff, new quarterback, and a new-look defense. Here are some day one observations.
Expectations may not be unanimously high, but the Denver Broncos are back and back for good for the 2019 season as training camp got underway on Thursday morning.
It was about as light a crowd as I can ever remember seeing at an opening day of Denver Broncos training camp, and I’ve been to many of them through the years.
Although the attendance was light, the weather was perfect and the breeze in the air presented the perfect setting for Summer football in the Mile High City.
I’ve got a lot to get to in this post, but there are some obvious topics everyone was hoping to hear about when I polled Twitter en route to Broncos Headquarters on Thursday morning.
Just about everyone wanted updates on the rookie gunslinger Drew Lock, and (spoiler alert) he did not disappoint.
How would Phillip Lindsay look coming back from a wrist injury?
How would a Vic Fangio practice go compared to Vance Joseph’s?
How do all of the important second-year skill players look this year?
What players are starting in the secondary?
These are all questions or general things people wanted to know about in regards to camp, and I’ve got that and more coming up.
First, some important injury news…
Todd Davis goes down
Broncos linebacker Todd Davis went down with an injury, and he was in a considerable amount of pain near the side of the field when trainers eventually took him into the locker room on a cart.
Thankfully, it was apparent from the start this wasn’t a knee injury as Davis appeared to be grabbing the back of his leg, and it was, in fact, a calf injury which will sideline the Broncos’ top middle linebacker 3-4 weeks per reports.
The severity of the injury seems minor on paper, but the Broncos would probably be wise to hold Davis out until the end of the preseason and ease him back into practices.
This is not ideal timing as Davis was expected to bring the calls in for Vic Fangio’s new defense.
Josey Jewell will be thrust into a more prominent role and I can’t wait to see how he handles it on Friday.