Player, battle of the week and rookie report

Check out the battle of the week, player of the week and rookie report from the Broncos training camp.

BATTLE OF THE WEEK: Darrell Jackson vs. Keary Colbert for starting WR - Jackson has the initial edge. He has lined up with the starting offense and Colbert has been with the second team. Colbert was signed to a bigger contract, but Jackson has a longer track record. Jackson is coming off a poor season in San Francisco, but the poor quarterback play was a legitimate reason for his poor statistics.

OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: The starting right tackle battle between Chris Kuper and Ryan Harris hasn't materialized because Kuper has had to fill in for Montrae Holland at right guard. Holland came in overweight and hasn't practiced. Kuper could end up battling for a starting spot at right guard if Harris impresses at tackle.

At the backup tailback position, Andre Hall has taken a lead over Michael Pittman and Ryan Torain. Hall is often forgotten about but is a talented running back and has some experience in the offense.

Niko Koutouvides and Nate Webster are still in a battle for the starting middle linebacker position. Koutouvides took the first two days of camp with the first team, then Webster got a shot with the starters on the third day.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CB Domonique Foxworth. Foxworth has made plays all over the field as Denver's nickel cornerback. He filled it at safety most of the last two seasons, and is comfortable being back as a full-time cornerback. He has a big lead over Karl Paymah for the nickel cornerback spot.

ROOKIE REPORT: Ryan Clady has acquitted himself fine as Denver's starting left tackle. He has appeared comfortable since taking the job right after being drafted. ... Eddie Royal has impressed the staff with his work at receiver, and coach Mike Shanahan said he thinks Royal will contribute on offense this season. ... Fullback Peyton Hillis is drawing some attention with his hard-nosed style. It wouldn't be a surprise if he started at fullback for the Broncos at some point this year. ... Guard Kory Lichtensteiger didn't practice much in the offseason because he was recovering from a shoulder injury, and he hasn't stood out in practice yet. Most offensive linemen need a year to learn Denver's offensive system. ... Tailback Ryan Torain has made some nice runs, but also had a fumble during a drill early in camp.



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