OTHER BATTLE FRONTS: Eddie Royal and Alphonso Smith appear to be the only two candidates to return punts for the Broncos this season. ... Darrell Reid and Elvis Dumervil are the outside linebackers with the starting defense while Robert Ayers holds out. ... LaMont Jordan and Correll Buckhalter are splitting first-team reps at tailback. Knowshon Moreno is holding out.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB Peyton Hillis - Hillis made a strong impression when pressed into tailback duty last season, but was put back at fullback by the new coaching staff. However, Hillis is making an impression again. His reps at tailback have been increasing in one-back sets and he is running hard, like he did last year before a hamstring injury ended his season. Hillis is a great athlete who can run, catch and block well, and he will have a role on this team.
ROOKIE REPORT: RB Knowshon Moreno and LB Robert Ayers were holdouts the first few days of camp. Ayers signed a contract on Monday... CB Alphonso Smith is one of the favorites to return punts this season, and might also end up returning kickoffs. ... S Darcel McBath spent the first day with the starting defense because Renaldo Hill began camp on the PUP. McBath has impressed the coaches with his versatility. ... G Seth Olson has been taking second-team reps at right guard. ... S David Bruton has been with the second-team defense, but his main role as a rookie will be on special teams. ... WR Kenny McKinley has impressed with his quickness.
DE Nic Clemons suffered what appeared to be a left knee injury on Aug. 1, but the team said it wasn't as serious as first feared.
WR Brandon Marshall is still working back from offseason hip surgery. He has been given a few practices off, and limped off the field on Aug. 2.
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