Denver Broncos Player Notes

Jarvis Moss, a 2007 first-round pick who is transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker, left training camp and was considering retirement.

His teammates were surprised, although close friends like former college teammate Marcus Thomas were trying to convince him to come back.

"I think he's going to think it over and do what's best for him," outside linebacker Tim Crowder said. .

--Fullback Peyton Hillis hit teammate Tim Crowder so hard in a 1-on-1 tackling drill that Hillis felt bad afterwards and apologized. Crowder was down for a few moments with a stinger. .

"It hurts me to see a guy laying there, it breaks my heart because you never know what's going to happen, you never know what kind of injury a guy has," Hillis said. "I'm glad he came up all right." .

--Players have to run laps in practice for mistakes like fumbled quarterback-center exchanges. The entire scout team defense had to do a lap when only 10 of them were in the huddle. Coaching assistant Jay Rodgers had to run with the players. .

--Cornerback Champ Bailey, safety Renaldo Hill and defensive tackle Marcus Thomas spent the first day of training camp on the physically unable to perform list, apparently the result of a failed conditioning test. They were back after some extra conditioning the first day of practice. .

"We used precaution," Bailey said. "Use a day to kind of condition a bit, get in shape a little better, then get out there." .

--Josh McDaniels has copied plenty from the Patriots, where he was offensive coordinator the past couple seasons, including the tight-lipped response to any injuries, even minor injuries the first few days of training camp. .

"I'm not talking about injuries," McDaniels said. "That's just going to be the policy all year. So that's it." .

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I think early in camp it's good to do that because you certainly don't want to go into your first game not having tackled somebody or been tackled." - Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on running 1-on-1 live tackling drills during camp. .

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL.

--LB Mario Haggan, who was used mostly in the middle last season, is working with the second-team defense at outside linebacker in the new 3-4 scheme. .

--DE Ryan McBean is Denver's starting left defensive end at the start of training camp. Kenny Peterson is the right end. The two have one combined NFL start, by Peterson. .

--CB Andre Goodman looked good early in camp, picking off a couple of passes. He said he likes the scheme because it allows him to play off a bit and react to passes. .

--LB Wesley Woodyard continues to play inside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. He and D.J. Williams have been the linebackers in the nickel packages. .

--WR Brandon Stokley isn't guaranteed a role on this year's team with Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal as the starters and Jabar Gaffney getting a $10 million deal in the offseason. But Stokley has looked good in camp, getting open and making plenty of catches.





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