Broncos Update Insider - 7/20

After a few weeks of uncertainty, Brandon Marshall made it clear that he plans on coming to training camp on time.

At ESPN's awards show he said he planned to come to camp, despite holding out of a mandatory minicamp in June and requesting a trade.

"Right now I'm obligated, I'm under contract," Marshall said. "I sat down and talked to Mr. B (Broncos owner Pat Bowlen) a couple weeks ago and came to an agreement.

"I will be there."

There are still some questions with Marshall, the foremost being if he can put aside his displeasure with his contract and a squabble with the Broncos' training staff over a misdiagnosis of a hip injury last year behind him.

He also has to show he is healthy. Marshall had hip surgery in the offseason and didn't practice all offseason, but told ESPN he feels 100 percent better than he did during last season. Still, he'll have to get on the field during training camp and prove he is ready to play.

Marshall is also behind learning the offense, because he hasn't practiced. He has a new quarterback in Kyle Orton, as well. However, by coming to training camp on time he should have enough chance to be up to speed before the Broncos start their season.

Marshall is coming off back-to-back 100-catch seasons and is a key piece to the Broncos' offense. He will start alongside Eddie Royal, and it appears Jabar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley will be the top candidates for the third receiver job.

CAMP CALENDAR: Broncos camp begins in full on July 31, when veterans have their first practice, and ends on Aug. 20. On July 27, rookies will report to training camp. The Broncos will also practice twice at Invesco Field at Mile High, for the public on Aug. 6 and again on Aug. 10.

NOTES, QUOTES

--Two weeks before training camp, the Broncos had signed only one of their 10 draft picks. Seventh-round pick Blake Schlueter, a center, signed early in the offseason.

Denver has never had two first-round picks in team history, which means the team has never had to sign two first-round picks before camp started. Running back Knowshon Moreno and linebacker Robert Ayers are both expected to play big roles for the team, so avoiding a holdout by either one will be a top priority for the Broncos.

--Receiver Brandon Marshall was part of workouts at the University of Minnesota with Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald and NFL legend Jerry Rice, among others. Marshall is coming back after offseason hip surgery.

--One change for the Broncos' camp this year under Josh McDaniels will be early evening practices. Under Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, when the team had two practices in a day, one was in mid-afternoon. Denver's first practice during two-a-days will be 8:30 a.m., the second will go from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's $14,000 a day if I miss. I'm not stupid." - Broncos WR Brandon Marshall to ESPN on a potential training camp holdout.

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL

The Broncos have turned over most of the roster since Josh McDaniels took over, so more change wouldn't be unexpected. The team still needs help in some areas, specifically on the defensive line.

Denver also will look at solidifying other areas, especially if they can get help on special teams. That has been a high priority for coach Josh McDaniels.



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