Broncos Passing Camp - Josh McDaniels

Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels discusses the progress the team is making during this week's Passing Camp. Check out the full transcripts...

Opening Statement
"It was a good day. It's been a really productive week so far (with) a lot of good things we've done in a lot of different areas this week and now we have the holiday weekend off."

On the depth of the secondary
"We've had a lot of people competing in there. (CB) Nate Jones came from Miami, a veteran player who has really done a great job of knowing our system quickly and really clicking well with the other players that he needs to communicate with back there so that's definitely improved from last year and doing a nice job in there. We've got some other young guys to take some reps in there: (CB) Tony Carter, (CB) Syd'Quan Thompson – they're all competing in there, getting a lot of reps and they are really battling hard; we've had both guys in there early in each period and they've gotten an opportunity to work with everybody. I feel like we have an opportunity for it to be a position that we have some depth at this year."

On Broncos WR Brandon Stokley
"He's got a minor deal with the shoulder and just kind of fell on the ground but hopefully he'll be back out there."

On Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd
"I think he's really comfortable with what we're doing. It's his second year here and he missed all of this time last year. He didn't get here until June and to be able to come in and start the offseason like this, knowing the offense, knowing the system... We're moving him around and trying to do some of the things to take advantage of the skill set that he has. He's really responded really well early in passing camp and we would anticipate that to continue. He's a talented player – a very talented player. He's got a lot of skills down the field, made a lot of plays today down the field. He's got good hands, great body control and we're excited about him."

On the progress of the Broncos' second-year players, especially RB Knowshon Moreno
"I think they're just playing. Like the rookies, for example, right now they're out there and their heads are just spinning. When your head is spinning, you can't play football the way you know you can play football because it's hard to just go as fast as you can and play with the speed that you need to pay with to be competitive. Knowshon, Brandon Lloyd and the same thing with (WR) Eddie Royal – It's Eddie's second year now (in the system) and Eddie is doing some good things for us, he's playing in the slot a lot but a lot of those second-year players are really starting to come on and the game has slowed down – you can tell. It makes everybody better because now we have 11 guys out there that can really play at the speed and tempo of the game."

On the skill set needed for a quarterback in his system
"Well, I think the hard work – they have to kind of set the pace. I think they need to be able to handle adversity and help their teammates handle adversity too because there's always somebody that they look to in the huddle when things are going exactly the way you want them to go. Somebody needs to kind of calm the huddle down and have some poise and confidence that we're going to get things kind of righted and we hope that all of our quarterbacks possess those kinds of traits and skills but in general there are a lot of things that go into making a really productive, successful quarterback. The things he does on the field the things he does off the field, the time he spends in the meeting rooms, how much can he help his teammates – because inevitably that's going to happen multiple times in a game and he needs to be able to do that. We're pushing all of them to try to get to that point."

On a timetable for a decision by free-agent RB Brian Westbrook
"I have no update on that."

On Broncos LB Baraka Atkins
"He's another guy that will be making that conversion from having his hand down most of the time where he's used to playing to standing up now but he's got the size that you're looking for. A lot of the outside linebackers – their best traits are going to show up in August because they're big (and) they're physical. Most of our guys are 255 (lbs.) or above and he's one of those guys. He'll be able to impact us in the running game on the edge and we don't ask him to do that much in coverage. He's learning how to play, he's kind of like (LB) Jarvis (Moss) and (LB) Elvis (Dumervil) and (LB) Robert (Ayers) were last year where they were kind of in that first stage in learning how to stand up and do some of those different things and adjust going from the defensive end to the linebacker position. He's got a long way to go but he's working his butt off to try to get there."

On Broncos OL J.D. Walton
"We're mixing him in and out; he and (OL) Dustin (Fry) are going in and out in terms of starting a period and not starting a period and I think J.D. started a lot of them today. I think every day is more comfortable for him in terms of communicating with the guards and understanding the cadence. He's not afraid to take charge at all – we like his confidence. He'll stand up and he'll make sure that we're all set before the ball is snapped and that's a good thing. That has a calming influence on the rest of the guys. He's one of those guys that hopefully one of his best traits will show up in August too. He's a physical player and plays hard and finishes a lot of plays and this work has been invaluable for him in terms of getting in there and having an opportunity to work at a high speed, high tempo against a defense that is doing a lot of different things.

On whether he would be comfortable starting a rookie at center
"If he's the best player, sure – no question."

On Broncos OL Zane Beadles
"Yeah, Zane, because of the situation we have, he's been thrust into the fire and there have been some bad plays – and I think the same is true for all the linemen but there have been a lot of good ones too. I think that right now, getting the work against different looks – some of the things they're seeing, if they can handle some of this stuff, that's probably as hard as it's going to get at times. To be able to communicate, function and learn now for nine, 10 practices and we've got another nine to go. I think by the time we're done in the middle of June with OTAs they will have come a long way. Zane, (OL) Eric Olsen, J.D. (Walton) – there are a lot of young guys who are playing in our system for the first time but they're responding very well."

On Broncos OL Ryan Harris
"(He's) good. We're hopeful – and I don't want to say an exact day or date – but hopefully (we will) see him out there soon. He's doing well and we're excited about getting him back out and I know he is too."

On being worried about re-aggravating foot injuries
"Yeah, we've got a lot of them right now: (WR) Demaryius (Thomas), Ryan Harris, (WR) Eric (Decker), so we're going to be careful. At this point we're going to err on the side of being real careful and not put them in a situation where (it's) the last day of minicamp on June 13th and all of the sudden we have a foot injury. If there' a guy who is borderline ready and not ready, we're not going to push it and really we've told all the players August is the time we want you to be ready to go. If they are ready I think we'll be excited to see them out there. They're all taking a bunch of mental reps. They're all in the film session and they're all seeing the things were doing and getting all the information but hopefully everybody will be ready by August."

On the jerseys that the offense wears while simulating the defense
"We go against each other in some of these (drills) where we're trying to simulate some pressure looks and do some of those things. It's not a physical drill; it's a recognition and an assignment drill. What we're doing there is that we've made some mistakes on both sides of the ball. Yesterday we made some errors, today we came out and I wanted to give them the same look that they had yesterday. Unless you tell them all, ‘He's No. 20 – which would be (S Brian) Dawkins and he's No. 55 (LB D.J. Williams),' we have a bunch of big linemen over there who don't look much like Dawkins and D.J. Williams so we've got to try to tell them who the linebackers are, who the secondary players are and who the linemen are so that we have an opportunity to actually go through the period and make some progress. We're not trying to cheat anybody out of anything or get ahead of the defense – we're just trying to compete."

On the quarterbacks' rotations
"Kyle (Orton) is definitely getting the most – and he deserves to, there is no question about that. Brady (Quinn) goes in there next but we've been flopping them all. The only thing that is really consistent is that Kyle is in the first huddle. Other than that, yesterday was different than today and Tuesday wasn't the same either. Some of that is they need to get work with different players in the huddle. We're trying to make sure they don't take all their reps with the same two receivers or the same center. In order to do that, there are a lot of coaches who are moving those pieces around too so that they can work with a different quarterback. (Quinn) usually goes in there second and he's progressing as they all are but we've got a long way to go."

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