Broncos Defense Shines During Second Day

Maurice Clarett and the Denver Broncos defense highlight Day 2 at Dove Valley. Follow Broncos Update for continuous coverage of Training Camp 2005.

The second day of the Denver Broncos training camp began with rookie running back Maurice Clarett leading the "breakdown" with his version of the running man. Like Danny Kanell on the first day, Clarett chose a popular dance from the 80's. During practice Clarett was given the opportunity to showcase his skills, proving that he was indeed a true running man, fighting to earn a spot in an extremely crowded backfield.

Overall the team looked very good after their second morning of practice. The offense seemed to be clicking with both the running game and the wide receivers. For the second consecutive day Darius Watts caught almost everything that came his way. Rod Smith was in typical Rod Smith fashion, making diving catches as well as being a team leader, working closely with the younger wide receivers.

Tatum Bell showed off his speed and ability to make cutbacks, and after a day and a half of camp has shown he may be the man to beat for the starting running back position.

The battle at the backup quarterback position appears to belong to Danny "blondes have more fun" Kanell, who showed nice poise in the pocket while making several difficult throws. Unlike yesterday, Kanell's passes were very accurate during today's morning session.

Others in competition at back up slot include former Colorado School of Mines quarterback Chad Friehauf, former CSU standout Bradlee Van Pelt and former LSU quarterback Matt Mauck.

The defense, which had a great first day of camp showed no signs of letting up, with the front line getting to the quarterbacks several times during the course of the morning.

Any issues at cornerback, a one time problem for the Broncos, appear to have been resolved, as Champ Bailey continues to prove why he has been selected to the Pro Bowl for the past five years, shutting down the Broncos best receivers.

The three rookie cornerbacks, Darrent Williams, Karl Paymah and Domonique Foxworth, showed off their speed and ability to shut down corners and have given the Broncos a reason for optimism in the future of the secondary.

One of the positions the Broncos have pretty well answered is at linebacker. The trio of Al Wilson, D.J. Williams and Ian Gold are arguably the most feared trios in the league. Like a shark in a feeding frenzy, they attack anything that moves.

There were a few notable players who did not attend the morning practice. Jerry Rice, Courtney Brown, Ebenezer Ekuban and Quentin Griffin did not practice this morning. Coach Mike Shanahan didn't seem too concerned about the guys who didn't practice this morning "we've got some guys who have a little bit of ache and we don't want to over work them, and some guys are coming off injuries."

Fortunately the Broncos have stayed healthy for the most part during the first two days of practice. There were no significant injuries to report, which even on a bad day of practice is always good news.

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