Camp is off to a start and now that football is finally here, here are some of my thoughts after keeping up with various reports (isn't it great to have "The Kaptain's Log" back on MHR?) from each session thus far.
"D" is forcing more turnovers
It even seems to be a point of emphasis this year. The secondary has picked off Manning quite a bit more than I can even remember last season. This is one of the areas the Broncos defense needed to improve. The more drives and opportunities it can give to our offense, the more points we'll score.
While a lot of the pressure has been brought by DeMarcus Ware, I see names like Wolfe mentioned as well.
Injuries not a factor
Whether it be the improving health of previously injured players such as Derek Wolfe, Rahim Moore, Von Miller, Kevin Vickerson, Ryan Clady, or Chris Harris Jr., or the fact that no one else has suffered a severe injury, no news is extremely good news on the injury front.
Rookies stepping up
Cody Latimer and Louis Young are probably the two rookie players that have made the biggest impact at camp so far. As far as the folks drafted to take over the coverage LB spot or a spot along the OL, you can expect their impact to be minimal right now.
Clark still an issue
I realize part of the reason he's getting beat with some frequency is the fact that he is going against DeMarcus Ware, but the fact that Chris Clark is in several different observations for all the wrong reason is unsettling. The Broncos improved immensely as a team this offseason, but they failed to address this spot with something other than a mid-round pick.
Looking like 6 WR's
Isaiah Burse is looking more and more like he might be the return man for the Broncos in 2014. That means they keep 6 WR (more than likely).
Stadium Practice Today
For those attending the open practice today at SAF field:
Training Camp 2014: Day 3 Quick Hits
Read about highlights from the first padded practice, including a monster day from Marvin Austin and other impressive play in the trenches.
Pads Boost Tempo, Evaluation
The Broncos got their first true look at what this defense could be capable of during Saturday's padded practice.
Training Camp Photos: Day 3
Take a look at photos from the third day of training camp - the team's first day in pads.
Mason's Five Thoughts from Camp Day 3
The pads went on for the first time Saturday, and the defense came ready to thump.
Broncos Happy to Finally Play 'Real Football'
Most of the Broncos haven’t worn pads since February, so they were relieved on Saturday when they were finally able to play in full gear.
Defense Learning From Ward’s Toughness
During the team’s first day of camp with pads, safety T.J. Ward added an element of physicality and toughness to the defense.
Ball Seeks Out Toughest Challenges
Montee Ball had a rough go of it during one-on-one pass-rush drills Saturday. But he asked for the most rigorous tasks possible.
BTV Day 3 Recap Show
Chris Hall, Andrew Mason and Phil Milani bring you all the news from the first padded practice of camp.
Jordy Nelson, Packers strike 4-year, $39M contract - NFL.com
Jordy Nelson signed a four-year extension with the Green Bay Packers worth $39 million, per Ian Rapoport. Looks like one of the league's most underpaid receivers finally got a payday.
San Francisco 49ers' Kendall Hunter suffers torn ACL - NFL.com
The San Francisco 49ers' backfield suffered an early setback as Kendall Hunter went down in Friday's practice. The team later announced that Hunter suffered a torn ACL.
Kiszla: Pat Bowlen's example with Broncos there for Rockies' Dick Monfort - The Denver Post
The Colorado Rockies would do well to memorize a key page from the Denver Broncos' handbook for running a sports organization.
Paige: Which one of Pat Bowlen's seven kids will take over Broncos? - The Denver Post
Question now becomes: Which of Pat Bowlen's seven children will emerge to take over the Broncos?
Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker uses age as a motivational tool - The Denver Post
Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker busts it in workouts so he can continue to beat NFL defensive backs at age 33.
Hochman: Rookie receiver Cody Latimer already looking like prized pick - The Denver Post
Broncos rookie wide receiver Cody Latimer making noise early in training camp.