Denver Broncos training camp: Day one notes and observations

Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Denver Broncos OLB Von Miller. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 15, 2021; Englewood, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) during an offseason workout at the UCHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Injured players back on the field

Although there were not thousands of fans in attendance as there were during the Peyton Manning years, what fans did attend were very excited to participate in Von Miller’s pre-practice clapping ritual.

It’s no surprise that Miller, coming off of injury, was already drawing post-practice questions (directed at Vic Fangio) about whether or not he would have to be held back so the team could get an accurate look at the quarterbacks.

Denver Broncos GM George Paton said that the 32-year-old Miller looks like he’s 25.

In addition to Miller being back, fellow pass rusher Bradley Chubb was back but working mostly to the side with his conditioning.

Bryce Callahan was back and a full participant after finishing last season in IR.

Courtland Sutton, who may very well be the team’s best overall player, was back and limited as Vic Fangio promised he would be.

Still, his presence on the field is undeniable.

As camp progresses, Sutton should get more and more work. He will also be in a knee brace throughout the duration of camp. The Denver Broncos will try to be smart in keeping him limited but also allowing him to re-establish himself as the alpha receiver in the offense.