Stay in touch with all the latest happenings from Denver Broncos 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.
It's Saturday, it's full pads and there's literally 3,000 Broncomaniacs lined up trying to find a parking spot - three double espressos later and I'm ready to sell a kidney for anything that even resembles a restroom.
The busiest guy at camp - Athletic Trainer Steve Antonopulos - otherwise known as ‘Greek‘. Travis Henry, Ebenezer Ekuban, Ben Hamilton and Louis Green all received hands on treatment - all are expected to return on Monday.
With Travis Henry sidelined with a hip pointer, Mike Bell and Andre Hall showcased the running game - both had touchdowns during 11-on-11 drills - Bell's looked especially impressive after fighting off a Nate Webster tackle. Best offensive play of the day came on a handoff to Cecil Sapp, who tossed it out to TE Nate Jackson for a score.
On the defensive side Jeff Shoate made up for a pair of dropped INT's on Friday, snagging one off Jay Cutler. Rookie Jarvis Moss got a taste of the action batting down his first pass of camp - (I guess it helps to stand 6'6 and have a wing span the size of a Volkswagen). It'll take some time, but Moss has all the tools to make an impact on a Jim Bates defense.
Dre' Bly made a nice pick off the first team offense for a score - but also got smoked by Andre Hall on a brilliant spin move.
Rod Smith continues to rehab - in between team sessions the 13-year veteran can be found doing wind sprints on the Dove Valley practice field. He's still favoring his surgically repaired hip - but there's been a significant progress over the last two weeks. Fortunately there's no rush as far as Shanahan's concerned - Smith's job is a given no matter what the return date.
"I don't care if it's first game of the season, eighth game of the season or 14th game of the season - Rod Smith is going to be on our football team," Shanahan told reporters.
With the week winding down Shanny pulled the plug on afternoon practice - "Any time you go for a week, it is nice to get a chance to have the body recover. I think it is mental as much as it is physical. Even though they are sore and worn out, when you throw as much as we have thrown at them in one week's time, it is tough. They will get a chance to relax a little bit and go back through their play books and we will start all over on Monday."
Practice resumes on Monday with two sessions scheduled - 8:30 am and 3:50 pm. All practices are open to the public.
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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