News & Notes Day 6

News & Notes from Day 6 of the Denver Broncos Training Camp 2002

A NEW AND IMPROVED DEFENSE(hopefully)

The defensive teams continued their dominance on Wednesday, as the first, second and third team units gave up only one first down during 11 on 11 drills during the morning workouts. To date, the defense has progressed at a much quicker rate than its counterpart, which is no surprise to head coach Mike Shanahan.

"If you have an offense that's developing quicker that your defense, you've got some problems," said Shanahan, still bearing the scars from last seasons twenty-second ranked defensive unit. "But defensively I'm pleased with the way the guys are working."

A new face in the safety position emerged as second-year veteran Willie Middlebrooks worked out with the second team unit during morning drills. The former first round draft pick is under consideration for a position switch from cornerback, helping to add more depth at safety.

"We believe that Willie has the ability to play both positions and a number of positions in the nickel package," said Shanahan. "We just think we need some depth at that safety position; we have more depth at the corner position."

Middlebrooks joins the long line of players that may ultimately switch positions this season, yet the head coach was quick to point out that nothing is set in concrete just yet.

"We never have anything permanent. We make switches and we see what people do at their positions during preseason games."

The move may give Middlebrooks added playing time, a factor that's eluded the second-year veteran since joining the Broncos in 2001. Nagging injuries limited the 6-1 Middlebrooks to just eight games during his rookie year.


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