The Denver Broncos kicked off their 2016 rookie mini-camp today. They'll go two days—Friday and Saturday.
31 Broncos rookies and first-year players have coalesced on Dove Valley. Guys like quarterback Paxton Lynch will get to throw and mingle with his new teammates for the first time, with the exception of wide receiver Mose Frazier, who Lynch knows well as one of his former top targets at Memphis.
However, this time around, the Broncos are taking a slightly different approach to their rookie mini-camp. The senseless injury to tight end Jeff Heuerman last year, a torn ACL on a punt coverage drill, which ended is rookie season, triggered the team to reevaluate how their rookie camp is structured.
Head coach Gary Kubiak touched on it last Thursday night, following the first round of the NFL Draft.
“John [Elway] and I have had this conversation," Kubiak said. "There’s a line there because you’ve obviously gone and drafted these young men. They work hard to get ready for the Combine. What have they been doing since then? You run them in here this weekend and all of the sudden you go full-speed for four practices. Probably not the smartest thing to do."
So how will the Broncos' approach change for rookie camp? It starts with teaching, easing the players back into the cycle of football.
"So we’re adjusting," Kubiak said. "We want to do a lot of teaching. We’d like to come out of the weekend knowing exactly where our guys are and then put them with our football team on Monday and start to acclimate them with the guys.”
This weekend's camp will also be marked with meetings and rookie orientations. However, Saturday's session will be without Paxton Lynch, who graduates from the University of Memphis.
The rookies will join with the Broncos veterans beginning Monday, when the entire 90-man roster gets together for the first time in 2016. Lynch will be there.
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