Fall Camp Report: Veterans

Nearing the end of the first week of fall camp Broncos Illustrated stopped in at the veterans practice on the last day of split practices. Upon arrival at Waldo Stadium it was obvious that this was a spirited practice from a team aching to hit an opponent.

Today was the first day of practice with full pads on and head coach Gary Darnell loosened the reigns just a little bit allowing some contact during full team drills at the end of practice.

Both Shawntey Lopez and Scott Robinson showed their desire to hit, and hit hard, late in practice with some devastating blows on running plays. There were also some fumbles caused by linebackers Paul Tithof and Mike Giorgianni victimizing Trovon Riley and Lawrence Cannon.

Fumbling was in fact the name of the game early in practice with the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs running with the football while being hit with practice pads to work on ball protection.

Following that beating was work on one-on-one coverage with the receivers and defensive backs. Some of the highlights included: Brian Jackson making an acrobatic catch of a fade from Ryan Cubit for a touchdown, Greg Jennings amazing burst speed to break away from coverage consistently, Blayne Baggett's solid timing with both Eugene Childs and Tyrone Walker, and Osborn Curtis fighting through heavy contact to catch a Robbie Hass thrown ball.

While the receivers were making highlight reel catches the running backs were hard at work on their game. All four veteran backs looked solid; Riley, Cannon, Daniel Marks and Nick Saad were all making good runs through holes made by the huge offensive line, however Riley was a beast among men showing clearly why he is the first team running back so far in camp.

On special teams punt coverage was the area of work today with Jim Laney and pre-season All-American Adam Anderson getting some kicks in while the coverage team worked on getting to the ball quickly and surrounding the return man. Jennings, Walker and Justin LeMay all took turns returning kicks that averaged 40 yards from Laney and 45 plus yards from Anderson.

On the defensive side of the ball Mark Childress had a solid day with a couple interceptions, once out fighting Antwain Allan for a Cubit pass. Nose Guard Greg Bryant was able to get into the backfield a few times for stops behind the line of scrimmage. Giorgianni and Tithof were solid at linebacker and backed up by Dan Steinau and Josh Behrens.

At tight end Tyson DeVree had a hurt shoulder and stood on the sidelines most of practice, but is expected to be back to 100% by this Monday. Tony Scheffler used his height to make some catches over coverage and used his size to make a few bone shattering blocks including one to open a big hole for Riley to run for a big gain before fumbling the ball to a waiting Oseloka Keys.

Practice ended with some light conditioning work with strength coach Bob Vezeau and short meetings with the position coaches.

# Changes:

Oseloka Keys is now wearing #31 and Darrell Copeland is wearing #8. Ironically today Keys was Copeland's back up at the WIP position.

Coming Soon:

Coming soon to Broncos Illustrated will be interviews with Greg Jennings and Oseloka Keys.

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