Looking good on Both Sides

The Denver Broncos practiced with full pads on Saturday with both the defense and offense looked good at separate times during the one and only practice of the day.

The offense which had its moments, including a Nate Jackson touchdown catch in the back corner of the end zone during goal line drills was itching to show its stuff, with Darius Watts in particular, looked good during the morning practice.

One of the highlights of the morning session, was when Watts caught a touchdown pass between three defenders from quarterback Matt Mauck. After goal line drills, the pads came off and so did the intensity. Coach Mike Shanahan ordered the pads back on and once the pads came back on, both sides of the ball were again fired up.

The defense which is expected to be ranked in the top five this season, once again showed why they're the big "D". During goal line drills the defense was able to control the tempo of the drill. The 1st team defense looked good with Al Wilson and the hard- hitting linebackers leading the way. John Lynch had another great practice, making the running backs targets of his monstrous trademark John Lynch hits.

The three rookie cornerbacks (Darrent Williams, Karl Paymah and Domonique Foxworth) also showed why they will be a huge part of the Broncos secondary this season. One highlight came when Foxworth knocked down a pass intended for Rod Smith. Cornerback Lenny Walls intercepted a pass during goal line drills that would have gone for a touchdown had this been a real game. The other interception was made by Ian Gold off of Bradlee Van Pelt.

Saturday was one of the highest intensity practices there has been this training camp. The Broncos are off Sunday, but will return Monday for two practices.

Additional contributions by Brian Tipett and Dianne Harrison.



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