Good morning, Broncos Country!
As the Broncos move into Phase 3 of the offseason workouts this week - with OTAs beginning on Wednesday - it will be the first time the team's offense can go against its defense.
And word has it, the Broncos will be donning their helmets this week as well.
That will be important because linebacker Danny Trevathan cannot WAIT to hit somebody.
"I'm so excited. Words can't even describe it," said the linebacker who was sidelined most of last season with three different injuries to his left leg. "It's been a long time since I hit somebody, since I was on the field. I got a lot built up."
Should be an excellent early test for the Broncos offensive line as coaches start formulating the starters heading into training camp.
For cornerback Chris Harris Jr. this week is important for taking the recent classroom work to the field.
"We've just been walking through the defense and haven't been able to go against anybody so it's about that time to really compete and make each other better," Harris Jr. said last week, adding that the best way to learn the new defense is to go against each other.
"It's going to be great work for us," said Pro Football Focus' No. 1 cornerback in the league. "We need this head start with this new staff."
But before that...there's going to be this:
Fellow cornerback Tevrin Brandon sustained minor injuries this weekend when he was hit by another vehicle early Sunday morning at the Jersey Shore.
While crossing the intersection of highways 71 and 35 around 2:24 a.m. Sunday, Brandon was by what police believe to be a black Ford F150 pickup truck.
The truck fled the scene following the collision and has yet to be located, according to police.
Brandon sustained minor injuries and was taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City. He was released later that day, and Broncos expect him at OTAs tomorrow.
With the investigation of Antonio Smith regarding child abuse allegations, the Broncos will decide whether Smith should be at OTAs.
No charges have been filed though Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey must decide whether to call a grand jury to hear the evidence or dismiss the case.
The Broncos said last week that they were unaware of the investigation before signing the defensive end to a one-year, $2 million contract in April. The Broncos may choose to give Smith an excused absence this week while the investigation is pending.
Even if the case is dropped against Smith, the NFL may issue a punishment against Smith. The league can suspend a player for violating the personal-conduct policy even if no charges are filed.
But hey, let's focus on some good stuff before heading into OTAs...like this highlight video of Bradley Roby:
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