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NFL Training Camp Day: Denver Broncos Day 20 news and notes

News and notes from day 20 of Denver Broncos Training Camp.

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A very dumb play, insider musings (stick around for the end!) and a knee scope highlighted day 20 (and the second to last) of training camp.

A whole lot of veterans had the day off, but some veterans that you may think did not.

First check this out if you missed it:

Dan Reeves visited practice today and met with both Coach Kubiak, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and John Elway. Reeves is a member of the Denver Broncos' Ring of Fame, but perhaps may be most famous as the man that tried to replace John Elway. He apparently was in the very least entertaining trade offers with the Washington Redskins.

Reeves coached Denver and Elway to three Super Bowls and had Mike Shanahan and Wade Phillips on staff at a one point. He also drafted Gary Kubiak in the same draft the Broncos traded quarterback Mark Hermann, the rights to tackle Chris Hinton and a 1984 first round draft pick for the draft rights to Elway.

The former Broncos head coach is the link that places Kubiak under the Tom Landry family of coaches. Reeves coached with Landry upon retiring from football as a player in 1972.

Kenny Anunike's knee to be scoped tomorrow:

Anunike was held out of practice yesterday with a sore knee. Today team trainers made the decision to scope his knee, Kubiak informed reporters today in his post-practice media session.

Antonio Smith given a grievance day:

A death in Antonio Smith's family led Kubiak to tell Smith to take the day off. Kubiak said that Smith wanted to practice.

Marcel Jensen with the first team:

Marcel Jensen (a college favorite of the Oakland Raiders' quarterback Derek Carr at Fresno State) spent time with the first-team offense today as a tight end. Jensen seemed to have incredible timing with Peyton Manning on at least one play where the two connected as Jensen made his break in the route that he was running.

Trevathan hits C.J. and may have caused a problem:

In just helmets and shorts Danny Trevathan took a shot at C.J. Anderson that knocked Anderson out for a brief amount of time.

This is all stuff that happens often, what came next left some media members questioning whether Anderson had a concussion or not.

Kubiak would say that you would have to ask Greek (Broncos head athletic trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos) for their protocol.

Manning in either a deliberate or indeliberate retribution threw a touchdown on the receiver that Trevathan was covering on the next play. The following play Anderson came back in to score a touchdown, again on Trevathan.

And a late update:

John Clayton expresses disbelief that Brock Osweiler will be re-signed

One thing that happened yesterday at camp was that ESPN's John Clayton spent his morning observing Broncos' practice. Clayton went on air with ESPN Denver's Cecil Lammey:

On today's show Lammey divulged that Clayton indicated that he did not believe that Osweiler would be re-signed by the Broncos. There was no further insinuation made as to whether Clayton had insider knowledge or was giving a personal opinion.

Injury Report:

  • Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) received a veteran day off.
  • Cornerback Tony Carter remained sidelined after leaving practice with cramps/hamstring injury.
  • Linebacker Lerentee McCray and defensive tackle Marvin Austin continued to miss practice.
  • Defensive end Kenny Anunike remained held out of practice. Kubiak indicated that Anunike would have his knee scoped Thursday morning. Kubiak did not know whether it was the same knee that Anunike injured at Duke.

Tweets from practice:


"[C.J. Anderson] just got hit,'' Gary Kubiak said. "But he popped up. We started slow this morning. Once we got going, we practiced really well. [We] had some guys out and we continued to get better with some younger players. I thought we got physical and got after each other."