The Denver Broncos were back on the field for day three of training camp, and for the first time, they put on the pads for practice.
The Denver Broncos were back out on the field for day three of training camp and for the first time this year, they put on the pads for practice.
The intensity, as would be expected was ramped up.
The intensity picked up not only because the pads were on, but the Broncos’ new generation of players were in the presence of a team legend.
The players all meet John Elway when they sign with the team, but the architect of Denver’s first and second Super Bowl teams — former head coach Mike Shanahan — came to observe practice for the first time in 11 years, the last practice he was the head coach of the team.
Shanahan was invited out by new Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, who continues to win people over with his refreshing honesty, intentionality, understanding of the history of the team, and apparently gigantic tree of influence.
Shanahan wasn’t the only coach taking in practice, either. Fangio hosted Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce for practice on Saturday as well.
It was an exciting day for the Broncos and their fans as the first two days of practice were exciting if only for the fact that football was back. This practice is the closest we’ve had to game conditions since January.