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:
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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.
Some veteran defenders getting the day off: Talib, Miller, Ward, Ware. Also sidelined: Sanders, Anunike, T.Carter, Austin, McCray.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 19, 2015
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 walking slowly around field w trainer. Anunike is not practicing and not on field bc of sore right knee #Broncos— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 19, 2015
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:
Chris Harris playing in team drills TE marcel Jensen getting some run w no. 1s Manning has made some strong throws— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 19, 2015
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.
Trevathan shoves Anderson to the ground after a reception. Way too heavy of contact for a practice without full pads.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 19, 2015
Trevathan knocks down CJ. CJ down. Trevathan yelled at by coaching staff for being stupid. CJ said play was fine. CJ back in— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 19, 2015
This is all stuff that happens often, what came next left some media members questioning whether Anderson had a concussion or not.
I have no clue what the concussion protocol his here for practice. For the time they looked at Cj I'm shocked he went back in so quick— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) August 19, 2015
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:
ICYMI: When Danny Trevathan tackled CJ Anderson, leaving him down briefly. His hip was evaluated. There was no concussion issue. #Broncos— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 19, 2015
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.
- 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:
Kubiak said that when he called the team together during practice, he told players he didn't want to see selfishness on the field.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 19, 2015
Btw the practice closed to general public but VIPs were invited they got their own orange blanket and waiter service on the hill— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) August 19, 2015
DT makes his best catch of camp, taking ball off top of Roby's helmet for long gain from Peyton #broncos— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 19, 2015
Owen Daniels looking forward to seeing his family back in Houston. Says had good practice today pic.twitter.com/JGtXXFtsBL— Darren McKee (@dmac1043) August 19, 2015
#broncos Kubiak starts a practice period over after sloppy, chippy play. Caldwell dropped pass and threw helmet down.— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 19, 2015
Kubiak said he thinks Demaryius Thomas is ready to go play for as long as Manning plays Saturday.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 19, 2015
With Kenny Anunike gettting his knee scoped, it creates an opportunity for Sione Fua to make the roster. #broncos— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) August 19, 2015
"[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."