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Published on 08/06/2010 at Fri Aug 06 13:59.
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Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas catches the football during training camp on Friday, August 6, 2010. (BroncoTalk.net)

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas catches the football during training camp on Friday, August 6, 2010. (BroncoTalk.net)

On Friday, fans, coaches and teammates had to witness another outside linebacker, the team’s newly-signed running back, and one half of the practicing offensive linemen with game experience in Josh McDaniels‘ offense walk into the locker room in the middle of practice to not return.

Through one week, this year’s training camp has been remarkably brutal for the Denver Broncos, who have been decimated by injuries, starting with the losses of running backs Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter on the first day. Today was merely a continuation of that trend. Outside linebacker Jarvis Moss left practice Friday with a broken hand, running back LenDale White walked with a trainer with an unspecified injury, and starting right guard Chris Kuper headed to the locker room with a reported sprained right ankle.

“We plan on taking the pads off tonight,” McDaniels said, “and having a walkthrough tomorrow morning before the stadium practice Saturday night. So you know, we should pull off with some of the banging around here, but ultimately I think we gotta continue to push through some of this stuff.”

Attendance: Good news: LB Joe Mays and DT Ronald Fields returned to practice, along with DL Ben Garland. Bad news: S Brian Dawkins, LB D.J. Williams, and DT Chris Baker continued to miss time, along with the usual suspects. Some vets (WR Jabar Gaffney, WR Brandon Stokley, DL Justin Bannan) were new absentees, though they could have just been given the morning off.

Injury Report: Moss, Kuper, and White. Robert Ayers and Mario Haggan played on the outside in Moss’ absence, with Wesley Woodyard and Akin Ayodele inside. Stanley Daniels filled in for Kuper at first team right guard.

What I Liked

WR Demaryius Thomas – The deep middle was Demaryius Thomas Land today. The Broncos’ top pick had a number of impressive catches Friday, especially when he crossed over the middle of the field 15 or more yards beyond the line of scrimmage, in what was his best practice to date. Most notable was Kyle Orton‘s perfect rainbow-arc football in the end zone that hit Thomas in stride after he got behind David Bruton; moments earlier, Thomas had made a leaping catch for a high Brady Quinn ball. Later he got past double coverage (CB Perrish Cox and S Renaldo Hill) in the end zone to score six for Quinn. Thomas had a number of catches in that area, and the crowd loved it.

Big big Jamal Williams (BroncoTalk.net)

Big big Jamal Williams (BroncoTalk.net)

RB LenDale White – I’d mentioned in previous practice reports that none of the running backs were doing all that much to impress me. A few of them had nice runs today, but none impressed as much as the newest member, LenDale White. White delivered a pad-smacking blow to get to the second level in early 9-on-7 work (which left one media member adjacent to me repeatedly exclaiming “That was awesome!”) and had a number of good runs, firing up the crowd before leaving early. I’m hearing that he left because he was dehydrated, so hopefully he’ll shape up and come back without issue.

QB Kyle Orton – Orton executed the team’s two-minute drill with seeming ease today. He technically only had one minute, with Coach dictating the team’s goal being to get beyond the 30-yard line for a field goal in that time. After one incomplete he completed the next four passes to four different receivers, calling timeout for the field goal unit to do their work.

What I Didn’t Like

The Secondary Save a lone interception by Perrish Cox in the end zone, the secondary got pretty torched today. Every wide receiver was making the tough catches and made half of them look easy. There were a few breakups here and there, but the offense had their way with the defense today much more often than not.

Play of the Day
Demaryius Thomas’ big catch over David Bruton for the touchdown was easily the biggest play of the day.

Miscellany

WR Eric Decker also had a great practice, making a number of tough catches and getting good separation. Matthew Willis did too; there might not be any one true super-playmaker on this offense, but there are a number of guys that, in summation, will cause opposing defenses all sorts of problems. McDaniels must be salivating.

The pass protection was improved today — which is another way to say that the pass rush diminished. That comes with losing Dumervil and Moss, one would suppose, but I still saw a lot of good work from the o-linemen. They were picking up blitzes well, and I didn’t see any defender break through untouched.

Up Next
The Broncos will hold a pads-free practice Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The session will be open to the public.

  • showtime01

    Read the following in the DP post: “Rookie wide receiver Demaryius Thomas stood out during the morning practice, extending his body to catch a few deep balls on his way to the end zone. He caught a pass from rookie teammate Tim Tebow that brought cheers from the big crowd watching this morning's practice.”
    Your post mentions Orton and Quinn throwing to Thomas, but you don't mention Tebow's throw at all. Read someone say there is an anti-Tebow bias in your posts. Just an oversight, or just not newsworthy?

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Thomas caught impressive balls from all three quarterbacks today. It wasn't intentional leaving Tebow out, and the rookie was one of my Studs just the other day. Any perceived anti-Tebow bias is probably coming from someone who's already in love with him, and there are many. I like Tebow, but he needs work.

    And Orton is clearly the best quarterback at camp.

  • Paradisimo

    Hey Kyle, I haven't seen any mention of TE Marquez Branson or Riar Greer. Did you notice them at all? Seeing as Richard Quinn seems to drop every pass thrown his way I'm hoping one of these guys can step up to fill Scheffler's former role.

  • http://manchester-architects.com T-Money

    How is Daniel Graham looking?

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    I noticed Marquez hauling in a really nice catch today. He's dropped some balls in camp though, and he's not as good a blocker as Quinn (who's also dropping balls).

    Graham is having a great camp and is catching a lot of balls.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Great, see my comment below Paradisimo there

  • Pigskin1

    How are the MLBs looking? I have not heard one word about any of them.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    They've been moving around a lot. Today Akin Ayodele and Wesley Woodyard filled in for Mario Haggan and D.J. Williams respectively. Woodyard's made a few plays.

  • http://twitter.com/dxmanning Joshua Manning

    Why did we even drafted Richard Quinn in the 2nd Round??? He's more useless than the white crayon. LOL!!!

  • crazykid

    Based on what you see, do you think some 3rd teamers like Syd Thompson or Toney Baker have a shot at making the team?

  • anthony33

    If Orton in the best QB in camp, which I am sure he is, then no better than 9-7.

    What's interesting is I hear conflicting stories on Tebow's ability to read defenses. On one hand, I think this was on “the Herd” they were saying he is an excellent reader and that's why McD liked him so much yet I hear from others that he doesn't have a clue. So what's the deal? I did not expect him to struggle the way he seemingly is. Maybe we will learn more tomorrow night.

    Does anyone know if the nfl netword plans to televise or tape it and show it later? I saw where they did that with the Eagles scrimage.

  • marv

    do u see an improvement in kyle Orton how is his deep ball strength nd accuracy….

  • JWall1022

    the D is pretty screwed without dumervill unless robert ayers or jarvis moss can live up to thier potential

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    It's an uphill battle for both of those guys, but I like both of them. Probably less likely for Baker, who's disappeared since I touted him Days 1&2.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Kyle is having a great camp. He looks better all around from last year. His deep ball in particular is more accurate, which has more to do with timing than arm strength.

    Now, whether the offensive line can protect him is another matter altogether…

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Hopefully Jarvis' setback isn't too severe. I've liked what I've seen from him.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    No plans to televise; it's not a full scrimmage.

    Tebow read defenses at Florida and is a hard worker and student of the game. But reading pro defenses is another beast. He needs work, especially in his decision making.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Until Friday afternoon I'd say Quinn was having the worst camp. Hopefully he's able to turn the corner after a strong practice in shorts.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    It's an uphill battle for both of those guys, but I like both of them. Probably less likely for Baker, who's disappeared since I touted him Days 1&2.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Kyle is having a great camp. He looks better all around from last year. His deep ball in particular is more accurate, which has more to do with timing than arm strength.

    Now, whether the offensive line can protect him is another matter altogether…

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Hopefully Jarvis' setback isn't too severe. I've liked what I've seen from him.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    No plans to televise; it's not a full scrimmage.

    Tebow read defenses at Florida and is a hard worker and student of the game. But reading pro defenses is another beast. He needs work, especially in his decision making.

  • http://broncotalk.net Kyle

    Until Friday afternoon I'd say Quinn was having the worst camp. Hopefully he's able to turn the corner after a strong practice in shorts.