Sunday was the first day of training camp in pads, and the defence came to the party. Defensive Coordinator Joe Woods missed practice on Saturday to attend a funeral, and the defence had their worst day of camp with him missing. They bounced back superbly on Sunday, and believe they are 3-1 through four days of camp.
The injurie woes seemed to continue for the Broncos with Donald Stephenson, De’Angelo Henderson, Jamaal Charles and Bernard Pierce not practising. De’Angelo Henderson had an ankle issue and was at practice, just not in pads, whilst Jamaal Charles had no issue and is just focused on being fit for week one.
Both Quarterbacks struggled in goal-to-go drills, as Bradley Roby made a pick-six from Paxton Lynch. Trevor Siemian should have been picked off by Darian Stewart and Chris Harris Jr, but got lucky on both occasions. Lorenzo Doss also made two interceptions, the highlight a pick-six off Siemian to end practice. As for Kyle Sloter, he also struggled and was fortunate as the defence dropped three potential interceptions. When Vance Joseph was asked if he liked what he saw from the QBs today he replied, “not really.”
Chris Harris Jr. was asked about the Quarterback battle after practice, saying “We want to take them out into the deep water and drown them. We had our minds ready today.”
Despite the offensive struggles Emmanuel Sanders stood out, making some excellent catches. Vance Joseph also said the inside linebackers, Peko, Derek Wolfe and Connor McGovern all impressed. The offensive line perhaps starting to take shape and show improvements now they have their pads on.
Sunday was a day for the defence, but what the Broncos must remember is that the toughest opponent the offence will face is in practice. However, Siemian and Lynch both need to show more consistency to get a hold of the starting position.