Practice Notes - August 14th

Upon arriving to the Davis Street practice fields today, the special teams were working on the punting game. As usual, Matt Steffan and Adam Anderson were launching some pretty good kicks. Shortly thereafter, 7-on-7 drills began and the Broncos rotated quarterbacks with Jon Drach and Chad Munson taking most of the snaps. Shortly before the rain started coming down, the team began a small scrimmage.

The best quarterback on this day, was Jon Drach. Jon did a good job at staying in the pocket. When no one was open, he tucked the ball and ran through a hole up the middle. Drach threw a couple touchdown passes and 1 interception.

Munson did a good job, but showed some signs of still learning the system. He makes good passes and good decisions with the ball. On the afternoon he threw 1 interception.

Blayne Baggett, Jim Kirby, Robbie Haas, and Mitch John all got in some snaps. Haas was able to throw a touchdown pass and was sacked once. Baggett was okay today, despite a few dropped passes. Kirby and John both make good decisions with the ball and look comfortable in the pocket.

Some players who had solid performances include Mobolaji Afariogun (I didn't see him drop a pass at all today), Tony Scheffler, Chris Chestnut, Justin LeMay, Alex Gardner, Greg Jennings, and Osborn Curtis. On a pass play from Munson, Pat Graham was streaking up the sideline and almost made a big play but slipped on the grass as the ball was coming to him.

On defense Jason Feldpausch had a solid practice, including a big hit on an open field tackle.

In a conversation with defensive coordinator Jim Knowles, I asked him how he felt the defense performed in Tuesday's scrimmage. Coach Knowles felt the defense did a fine job in a passing situation scrimmage. "Our DB's didn't give up any deep balls. Our guys at the corner excelled where we're looking for some people to step forward. I though our pass rush was excellent also, we had 12-13 sacks. When you do that and don't give up any long passes, that is a good thing."

I asked coach Knowles where he felt the defensive line was at this point and if they were at game-day level. Like most other people, coach Knowles is high on the defensive line and said, "The D-Line is a pretty veteran group. We're real fast. A bunch of good pass rushers. Those guys are ready to play now."

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