As a virgin to the Josh McDaniels era, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from today's opening session, but from all indications, he's a man with a mission, and that mission being – it's his way or the highway, no excuses – no regrets.
Champ Bailey, Renaldo Hill, and Marcus Thomas were all designated to the PUP list, physically unable to perform. Bailey is nursing an injured elbow, but rumor has it all three simply failed their required physicals and until they can complete the required commitments, they're sitting out.
Note: All three were running sprints following the conclusion of the evening practice.
Camp Notes: Brandon Marshal and Eddie Royal were the standouts on Day One. Peyton Hillis and Spencer Larsen also showed flashes of brilliance. Backup QB Chris Simms is doing his best to battle for the number one slot. The team is looking for a big time kick returner and Alphonso Smith may be the guy. Royal is proving himself far to valuable to the offense to risk his spot on special teams.
Kenny McKinley and Mathew Willis also took turns returning kicks.
Music provided a key ingredient, ranging from U2 to Hip Hop, Tom Petty to Ice Cube, with a little Michael Jackson and Led Zepplin tossed in for good measure. You can never have enough motivational music when it comes to opening day.
Look for the positional battles to work themselves out over the next few days – I love the progression of Hillis – barring injury the guy could play out huge over the upcoming season.
Spenser Larsen will continue to alternate between offense and defense – inside linebacker and fullback.
Still no word on RB Knowshon Moreno, who is supposedly working out privately in Georgia and LB Robert Ayers. Ayers appears close to a deal but the longer this goes on the less likely it is they'll be ready come opening day.
Don't be surprised to see a starting lineup with Correll Buckhalter in the backfield.
Saturday the team will practice from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at their Dove Valley Facility, open to the public.
Quote of the Day: "You can't ever let up and you can't ever say, Well, I can relax… You have a lot of jobs when you're on a football team."
Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.
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