Day 19 of Denver Broncos Training Camp wrapped just a bit ago. Day 19 saw Emmanuel Sanders continuing to be rested (12 days since his injury) along with cornerback Tony Carter who was shaken up yesterday with a leg injury. Nose tackle Marvin Austin and linebacker Lerentee McCray remained out and Kenny Anunike arrived on the field in a bucket hat, not a helmet.
Broncos' greats Shannon Sharpe and Rod Smith, Jim Miller, former Colorado Rockies and current Peyton Manning close friend Todd Helton and current Rockies David Hale and Chris Rushin were in attendance for the morning practice.
It's on #BroncosTrainingCamp pic.twitter.com/Oe3qG5NQyu— Arran Andersen (@arranandersen) August 18, 2015
Practicing vs. Gaming:
For fans that haven't made it to camp yet (or who are unable to) there has probably been a bit of confusion between what you've been hearing and reading from local Denver reporters and what you saw on Friday in Seattle against the Seahawks. More than a few players showed incredibly well during the game (think Shane Ray) that haven't had the most best camp.
Then there is the opposite, guys who seem to be having great camps, but you haven't seen much of in the preseason, Kapri Bibbs, Zaire Anderson and Jordan Taylor come to mind.
Also, there are the people that you have seen before in training camp and preseason who may or may not have turned in the best first preseason game, Juwan Thompson and Virgil Green come to mind.
Bradley Roby is a prime example of a player that can have a poor camp and turn it into game and regular season success. So, take what you hear and read as a guideline until you're able to get your own eye balls on these players during the preseason.
Peyton will take the field in Houston on Saturday:
"I'd say that he'll play quite a bit. Is that a quarter and a half? Is that a half? Is that a quarter? I don't know. I'll see how the game goes, but I want them to get a bunch of snaps under their belt. We have some guys that have not been working together that need to work together."
Coach Gary Kubiak said when asked just how much Manning will see the field on Saturday.
As a matter of fact, everyone currently projected to start for the Broncos will likely take the field. That includes Owen Daniels, Demaryius Thomas and even Emmanuel Sanders (as of today).
Roughing the starter:
Rookie left tackle Ty Sambrailo had a rough day, but it doesn't get any better than when the big guy has your back.
Kubiak said that Ty had tough day. But believes it will make him better— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 18, 2015
Could Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware be teeing off on the rookie to prepare Sambrailo for the quarter-plus that he will likely be dealing with a freshly returned Jadaveon Clowney? No, it's likely to avoid Manning getting the J.J. Watt treatment in his first game back.
What is up with the kickers?:
Oh, nothing, they were just busy making record breaking field goals:
For @Broncos ... Brandon McManus just made 70-yard FG ... Even the defense cheered him..— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) August 18, 2015
Even those guys on defense cheered:
And then Barth hits a 65-yarder!— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 18, 2015
Ultimately on the day, the kickers went:
Barth and McManus from various distances 31 to 60 yards. McManus 5-of-7; Barth 6-of-7.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 18, 2015
Oh, and Denver has apparently had punter Spencer Lanning on their radar for quite some time.
File away: #Broncos put in claim on P Lanning when #Browns released him. Did same when Tampa released him. So he's been on radar for a bit— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 18, 2015
Makes one wonder just what the plan is with Britton Colquitt taking such a major haircut last month.
Trevor Siemian on the depth chart move?:
Coming off a strong start in his first game as a professional it seemed that Siemian is all but a sure thing third string quarterback for this team. Yesterday Siemian took reps with the third team which normally would raise a few eyebrows, except that Zac Dysert and Siemian have been switching off third team reps throughout camp.
However, what happened today was unprecedented. Siemian took reps with the third team for the second day in a row.
The best game of Siemian's career thus far came last season on November 15th, 2014, when Northwestern played at Notre Dame. Northwestern won as Siemian threw for 284 yards, ran for a touchdown, threw for a touchdown and tossed two interceptions.
A real tip of the hat to Coach Kubiak and staff for recognizing talent where it would be difficult for anyone to, professional or not.
Ronnie Hillman and the running backs:
Have we talked about this yet?
. @Broncos Ronnie Hillman's mouthpiece. pic.twitter.com/DOOwGT3EFT— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) August 18, 2015
Perhaps you may be more interested in what is happening with C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and Montee Ball.
For those looking for a handcuff to CJ Anderson in their fantasy drafts - STOP - this team goes RBBC behind him. #Broncos #FantasyFootball— Cecil Lammey (@CecilLammey) August 18, 2015
Now this is an opinion that is presented as a fact (as all statements like the above are at this point in the season). What I see is what anyone who saw the game against Seattle saw-- Hillman looks good. Undeniable even. Today didn't shift that thinking much, though reps continue to be split between Hillman and Ball.
Hillman's pass blocking specifically was singled out by offensive coordinator Rick Dennison.
Dennison praised Hillman. Said becoming more well rounded and has improved in pass protection— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 18, 2015
We need to think of a name for the curse of whoever goes into Denver's training camp as the number one back on the depth chart. It's happened every year that John Elway has been general manager.
Another reoccurring theme throughout many of the days at training camp is that Omar Bolden participated in punt coverage as a gunner, not punt returning as a returner. It is likely that the Broncos feel as if they know what they have in Bolden the returner and want to push him with some competition.
However, that competition is, well:
Solomon Patton puts the ball on the ground, reoccurring theme #BroncosTrainingCamp— Arran Andersen (@arranandersen) August 18, 2015
And today was spent with what seemed like the coaching staff auditioning Jordan Norwood absolutely everywhere. He was in the backfield, split out, just everywhere a wide receiver could conceivably go.
There is a lot of versatile talent available for the Broncos to use on returns and as a fourth or fifth wide receiver. Sorting is out has proved to be messy thus far.
- Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Hamstring) remains held out of practice. Kubiak said that he had a good workout Friday prior to the Seahawks game.
- Cornerback Tony Carter remained sidelined after leaving practice with cramps/hamstring injury.
- Linebacker Lerentee McCray and defensive tackle Marvin Austin continue to miss practice.
- Defensive end Kenny Anunike did not practice with a swollen knee that the coaches decided to give him rest on.
Tweets from practice:
Peyton Manning's playfakes could elicit the same kind of reaction that PF Chang's once did from the Chargers' Twitter feed.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 18, 2015
Shannon Sharpe has been spending a lot of time chatting up DT at practice, Hall of Fame advice is priceless #BroncosTrainingCamp— Arran Andersen (@arranandersen) August 18, 2015
Decent turnout at #Broncos camp today pic.twitter.com/uI6KJq4mCo— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) August 18, 2015
#broncos uneven practice in sequence w sack, tipped pass, dropped pass But Brock finished with strong crossing route strike to Duncan— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 18, 2015
Phillips said both Marshall and Trevathan went through full practice. Good sign Said Ware will play in preseason just not sure when— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 18, 2015
More of Kubiak on Sambrailo:
"Ty had some rough snaps that I can recall watching practice, but if you go against guys like that every day, at least when you walk out there on the field, you're expecting to play against great players. I know that it's a tough thing, but he has to continue to push through it."