Stay in touch with all the latest happenings from Training Camp 2007 as Syndicated Columnist Michael John Schon gives us the lowdown on who's hot - who's not and where the team is headed as they gear up for the regular season.
After thirteen-years of covering NFL Training Camps I've discovered the three key ingredients for success - Desire, Dedication and Sunscreen - not necessarily in that order. There's nothing quite like baking yourself in the crisp Colorado altitude to give you a new perspective on discomfort.
(Actually there is, but I don't want to get into it right now...)
The hurry-up-offense was back in force today with the first team scoring a 46-yard field goal. Second team wasn't as fortunate - turning it over on fourth and fifteen. Cutler appears to be more confident as the days wear on - working with several different receivers. His primary target from last season, Tony Scheffler, is making progress and may be able to return to the lineup as early as next week. In his absence Javon Walker, Brian Clark and Nate Jackson have all looked impressive.
Defensively the Broncos secondary looks solid, with Champ Bailey and Dre Bly each having their share of picks. Nate Webster's blown everyone away playing like a maniac and Elvis Dummerville looks better than ever. Without a doubt this is a stronger / bulkier unit than last season and the addition of Jim Bates has been huge - but it's still early - the real test will come when they take the field on opening day without cornerback Darrent Williams and former Captain Al Wilson.
Jason Elam's been struggling the past few days while he searches for a new holder. With last year's holder Jake Plummer retired - traded or otherwise MIA it's been up to Jay Cutler, Todd Sauerbrun and Paul Ernster to fill in the gap. I guess the trio needs a little more polish - Elam shanked a pair off the uprights again today.
"The last couple of years I had Jake Plummer - he was a great holder," said Elam. "He had really quick hands and got the ball down fast for me so I could have a real long look."
The team got good news today - LB Warrick Holdman was released from Sky Ridge Medical Center after spending the night Thursday for observation. . Holdman went down during yesterday's morning session after a collision with RB Mike Bell. Doctors are treating the injury as a spinal cord concussion.
Other injury notables include wide receiver Javon Walker, who came up limp while running a pass route during two-minute drill work - Walker began experiencing tightness in his upper left leg and sat out the remainder of the session. "I wasn't sure if he cramped up, but he didn't pull anything, Shanahan said. "It just got a little tight, so we kept him out."
Offensive lineman Ben Hamilton dressed but did not participate and Brandon Stokley sat out with a sore right thigh. Others who sat out all, or part of the day were Teyo Johnson (left calf) - Chad Mustard (right hamstring) - FB Paul Smith (groin injury) and Glenn Martinez who missed his second straight day (thigh). Tony Scheffler, Rod Smith and Brandon Marshall all remain sidelined on the physically unable to perform list.
The team will hold two sessions on Sat. Aug. 4th - 8:30 am and 3:50 pm. There are no practices scheduled for Sunday.
Broncos Camp Archive -
Broncos Camp Report - Day 5
Broncos Camp Report - Day 4
Broncos Camp Report - Days 3, 2, 1
Michael John Schon has covered the National Football League and the Denver Broncos for the past ten years. As a member of the Pro Football Writers Association he has published and syndicated columns to both newspapers and magazines throughout the United States and Canada. His syndicated radio broadcast: "Schon Live" airs weekly on various radio stations around the country.
Schon can be reached at Schon@prostarmediagroup.net
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