Unfortunately, I was unable to be there for the entirety of practice, but from reading what eyewitnesses had to say and watching these highlights, it’s clear that there was a much better flow from the offense on day three compared to day two, despite the interceptions.
One note I want to make about this highlight reel is the amount of times undrafted tight end Austin Fort pops up on it. He has caught a ton of passes through the first three days of camp.
He caught a lot of passes in 11 on 11 and 7 on 7 work in the two days I was there, and he shows up on this highlight reel a number of times.
It’s also great to see undrafted rookie wide receiver Trinity Benson working with the top offense. Head coach Vic Fangio said we’ll continue to see things like that.
"“We’re going to mix those guys all the time. The best way to get looks at young guys is to throw them in there with the guys that are ahead of them, see if they look the part and it’s not too big for them, and see if they can operate. He’s one of the guys we’re doing that with and I think he—sounds like he had a good day. I wasn’t watching him the whole time.” Broncos HC Vic Fangio (quotes from Broncos PR)"
As we continue to compare this new coaching regime to the previous regime, it’s important to note that Vance Joseph seemed to favor the ‘seniority’ method versus what Fangio is implementing here.
Although a bunch of young players played last year, the process felt a bit selective or like players could only crack the starting rotation and actually win jobs if they were putting on mind-numbing performances against backups.
Fangio understands that the only way you can find out if a borderline roster player can make an impact in regular-season games is to throw them to the wolves.
I love that Benson, an athletic freak, is getting looks with the top unit, and it’s great to hear from Fangio that a number of players will be afforded the same opportunity.
That will be such an important factor in the Broncos recruiting UDFAs going forward as if their track record didn’t already speak for itself.
Benson has a real chance to make this team as a WR6 and return specialist.
Speaking of the WR competition, Juwann Winfree continues to make plays against the top defense. I haven’t heard the coaching staff call him out specifically, but it’s apparent already this one was a ‘win’ for the scouting department. The kid can play.