Did you check out John Harris' 48 Observations from Texans practice? You should. There is a ton of Broncos gold in there (and, since it's coming from the Texan's official site, a lot of good Houston material too). Here are some of my favorites:
4. The first drill of the day was a red zone 11-on-11. The Broncos first offense dominated the first two plays as Manning found Demaryius Thomas and Julius Thomas for touchdowns on those two plays. The next few though the Texans defense bounced back as
Jadeveon Clowneybatted down a pass and Brandon Harrisknocked a pass away from WR Jordan Norwood on third down.
7. The Broncos finished the drive as Osweiler threw consecutive touchdowns to the rookie from Fresno State Isaiah Burse. On the first one, Osweiler eyed Burse as his second read which was impressive as he beat the Texans safety for a TD.
48. Through two days of mixed practices a few players have truly stood out in my estimation
a. Broncos DE Derek Wolfe is a mix of power and technique and he's going to have a stellar season.
b. Texans DB Kareem Jackson has made a few key plays, in particular against D. Thomas
c. Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas is just so impressive in every way, shape and/or form
d. Texans DB Elbert Mack made three huge plays that I've seen and there may be more I didn't.
e. Broncos DB Aqib Talib is a trash talker, but he's big and strong as an ox on the perimeter.
f. Texans WR Travis Labhart got open against anyone and everyone
g. Broncos DT Terrence Knighton is Casey Hampton/Gilbert Brown reincarnate
h. Broncos C Manny Ramirez and G Louis Vasquez excel inside.
i. Broncos ILB Nate Irving is fully healthy, finally, and it shows - loved this kid coming out of NC State but he was always in recovery mode.
Via the_roof in the comments, here's just a sick one-handed catch from Cody Latimer from practice yesterday. This is the stuff I'm talking about when I named him my #1 Surprise Star of Broncos training camp.
Plus look at Brock Osweiler standing coolly in the pocket. Maybe it's because he knows that if he gets touched he'll have 80 teammates ready to kill that Texan, but he delivers a strike over the top nonetheless.
Thursday, August 21
10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. MDT
Coach John Fox and various players will speak.
Bright and sunny, mid-to-high 70s.
Emmanuel Sanders returned to practice. He has been nursing a quad injury. Wes Welker was excused from practice for undisclosed reasons. Montee Ball once again participated in some drills. Ball returned to practice yesterday and worked on some route running with Peyton Manning.
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